How do you work with a Virtual Assistant?
So how exactly do you work with a virtual assistant? This is a question I get asked a lot, so I thought I would do a short blog post for you.
And the answer is that there are a number of ways! Remeber though, that the virtual assistant is a partner with your business. Their success is based on YOUR success!
Charge by the hour
Many virtual assistants charge by the hour – and there is so much we can get done in that hour! You can pass on a list of small tasks, using Wunderlist, Trello or similar and your virtual assistant can work their way through them. You add the tasks as they arise and you can see the progress they are making clearly. Or you may also like to save the smaller tasks until you have quite a list and then send them over.
You may have a big event or project coming up that needs promoting or researching or shouting out from social media. You can block book hours and your virtual assistant will work solely on your project for those hours, helping you to reach your goal to promote or complete your project.
A virtual assistant can network on your behalf. Networking is vital for getting your business seen. It increases engagement, which in turn increases your reach. Networking can be done on almost all platforms and can include comments, shares, repins, likes, loves, hearts, or retweets! Most Virtual assistants also help with follower management on these platforms too.
Sometimes, clients have a mixture of needs, sometimes smaller tasks and sometimes projects they may have happening that month. Block booking a number of hours per month will cater for this need. You can chop and change the tasks depending on the most critical need that week or month.
Stay on top of your Social Media
Great pages and feeds have regular content being posted at least daily. A Virtual Assistant can schedule and post this content for you.
Pinterest can take a lot of time – scheduling, pinning, setting up board lists and updating your images. A Virtual Assistant can do all of this and more for you.
Here are some examples…
A number of clients that use me to design their social media posts and schedule them onto various platforms.
A client requested that I contact everyone on their LinkedIn contact list to promote the release of their new book.
I perform the payroll tasks for a client using HMRC PAYE Basics.
Another client block books a set number of hours per month, changing the tasks as needed.
I regularly schedule out posts on Instagram, Facebook pages, Twitter and LinkedIn for a number of clients.
Email Marketing is a common request and I set up email campaigns to run automatically and promote their videos and website to their subscribers.
A local client requests small tasks performed in and around the town we live in as she is busy in client consultations during business hours. Although this is not ‘virtual’, it is something I can do for more local clients.
So as you can see, there is a number of ways to work with a virtual assistant! Now, go and make a list of tasks you either don’t have time for, are blocking your growth or those you just hate and contact me for a chat!