What Kind of Tasks Do VAs Do?


VAs (virtual assistants) are talented people with skill sets in all areas. Most can handle day-to-day administrative tasks like managing email, answering phones, internet research and so forth. In addition to these services, many bring specialized skills and training to the table such as web design, accounting, video creation or programming.

While it is impossible to list everything, here are some of the more common tasks that VAs can handle:

Autoresponder SetupBlog Comment PostingContact ManagementCopy Editing

Accounting Advertising Campaign Management
Advertising Copy Affiliate Management
Affiliate Program Set Up Affiliate Recruitment
Affiliate Sales, Reports & Payouts Answer Emails
Answer Help Desk Tickets Answer Phone Calls
Answer Snail Mail Answer Voice Mails & Faxes
Article Distribution Article Topic Research
Audio Recording & Editing Audio Transcription
Blog Installation Blog Maintenance: Upgrades, Plugins, etc.
Blog Post Scheduling Book Travel Arrangements
Bookkeeping Branding Assistance
Business Plan CD/DVD Cover or Sleeve design
CD/DVD Creation & Duplication Competitor Research
Customer Support Data Entry
Database Development & Maintenance Design – Banners, Buttons, etc.
Design – Covers for Ebooks, Reports, etc. Design – Graphic Editing
Design – Website Logos/Headers Design – Website Themes & Templates
Desktop Publishing – Brochures, Business Cards, etc. Direct Mail Marketing
Draft Letters, Agendas & Other Business Documents Ebook Formatting
Event Planning Flash Animation
Guest Speaker Research Illustrations
Information Product Research Interviews
Invoicing & Payroll Keyword Research
Link Building Locate Affiliate Products to Promote
Manual/User Guide/FAQ Creation Market Research
Marketing Campaign Management Message Board Management
Message Board Moderation Message Board Posting
Newsletter Distribution – Print & Digital Pay-Per-Click Set Up & Maintenance
Photo Editing Podcast Set Up & Management
Podcast Recording Post Card Marketing
PowerPoint Presentations Press Release Distribution
Product Development Product Reviews
Product Shipping Project Management
Proofreading Publicity Management
Report Formatting Scheduling Appointments, Interviews, etc.
Search Engine Optimization Send Faxes
Shopping Cart Set Up & Maintenance Sign up for Affiliate Programs
Social Bookmark & Networking Management Spreadsheet Set Up & Maintenance
Survey Set Up & Maintenance Teleseminar Recording
Teleseminar Set Up Track Affiliate IDs, Sales, etc.
Transcription Video Creation
Video Editing Webinar Set Up
Website – Set up & Maintenance Website – Updating Content
Word Processing Writing Copy

While it is impossible to list everything, click here to learn some of the more common tasks that VAs can handle for you and your business.This list could go on and on. As technology, business and marketing techniques evolve and improve, so do the talents of virtual assistants. Whether you need a Jack or Jill of all trades or someone who is talented in one particular area, chances are you can find a Virtual Assistant to fit your needs.

Now that you have an idea of the tasks a VA can do, here is a quick exercise to help you determine what items to outsource. We are doing this the old fashion way, so grab a pencil and paper.

Think about all the tasks, large and small, that you do in a day, week or month for your business. Use the list above if you need help. Once your list is complete, go over it again scoring each one based on the list below.

1 – I enjoy this task
2 – Not my favorite, but it’s ok
3 – Eh, I could take it or leave it
4 – I wish someone else would do it
5 – Thinking about it makes me ill

You may want to add to this list, or create a separate list of projects that you need or would like to have done, but you do not know how to do. Once you complete the exercise, you should have an idea of which tasks to outsource. If your list is long, don’t panic, nothing says you have to outsource everything at once, or at all.

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Hi and welcome to Virtually Done. I’m Leslie and it’s a pleasure to meet you! If you are an online entrepreneur or small business owner struggling to find enough time in your day to concentrate on the tasks you are passionate about, I can help you!

If you would like to learn more, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

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