10 Things You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

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Who can use a virtual assistant (VA)? Everyone! By hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) you can avoid buying an additional computer for your assistant, avoid providing office space, pay only for the time used and work performed. You can finance your payroll with your credit card or PayPal account. Here are a few things that you can outsource to a virtual assistant right now. The more of these tasks you outsource, the more time you will have for income generating tasks, and the faster your business will grow.

1. Sales Leads
Without sales, you don't have business. But if you're spending time meeting prospective clients and servicing existing customers, it's hard to find new leads. A virtual assistant can be responsible for the day to day sales tasks of finding leads, following up with leads and referrals from a trade show, can identify and resolve client concerns, maintain current client and potential client relationships.

2. Article Submissions
Do you have one or more well-written, articles completed and ready to go? Article submission is by far one of the most cost-effective methods to getting your name known on the internet and attracting more clients. Your VA can get your articles submitted to the top article directories and save you a lot of time and effort.

3. Set-Up and Manage Social Networks
A virtual assistant can help clients set up accounts and manage their activities on Social Networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and My Space. It is not enough that a company has profiles and accounts in all these sites, all these accounts should be updated regularly for your company to maximize the benefits of all these free networking sites.

4. Blog Set Up
A skilled virtual assistant can manage your personal and professional blogs.

5. Appointment Setting
Share your calendar with your virtual assistant online and they can schedule all your appointments. If you're VA has a sales background then this can be an easy task. Send your VA a script and access to your online calendar and you're all set!

6. Travel Arrangements, Meetings and Events
Whether it is for business or pleasure, your VA can make all the arrangements for you. Your VA can help you plan and coordinate travel arrangements, meetings, events, and classes, including researching and booking the venue, the speaker, the caterer, the band, air, hotel, car rental and more.

7. Invoicing
Your VA can take on the task of invoicing clients for your services. Timely billing is necessary to receive timely payments.

8. Delinquent Accounts
Let your VA handle all your collection calls, send out past due notices and set up payment arrangements.

9. Desktop Publishing
Let your VA handle all of your brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, postcards, menus, price lists, schedules, calendars, certificates, business cards, address labels, letterhead and thank you cards.

10. Research
Whether it be for an article or information or an item you are having problems finding yourself. You may be writing a book and want some information, you may want to buy some software to assist with a particular challenge or project you have. Your VA can do all the research for you so you can concentrate on more important tasks.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02