What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?

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When your business is booming it is a wonderful feeling and slowly but surely, you seem to notice that you can’t do it all yourself anymore. You have decided that it is time to get a virtual assistant to help you out, but what exactly does a VA do?

Every virtual assistant is different. They are like snowflakes! No two are exactly alike. Each one is going to have a specialty in different aspects of business so the services that can be completed for you are virtually endless. Keep in mind, since virtual assistants can be skilled in many things, the likelihood of every single one of their services being listed is very low. Always inquire if the VA can complete the service before deciding against them. Each business owner is going to have a different need, so what you need the virtual assistant to do may be specific only to your company.

In a nutshell, a virtual assistant is there to help take away any excess tasks that keep you from money making activities. All of these items are still very important, but they can very easily be outsourced to free you up to work on new products, train your staff or enjoy your vacation. Here are a few examples:

  • Setting up Aweber including readying autoresponders, formatting and grammar checking your newsletter and scheduling it.
  • Formatting and grammar checking your blog posts, finding pictures and scheduling them. 
  • Setting up blog pages in WordPress or even getting you started with Thesis (most SEO rich theme)
  • Handwriting and sending out thank you and holiday cards to clients
  • Client care including Facebook group moderation, sending follow up emails, responding to facebook walls and tweets
  • Organizing and cleaning up emails, as well as answering them and sending out copy and paste responses
  • Creating boards, pin and  writing descriptions for your products on Pinterest
  • Proofreading / Formatting E-books and Opt-ins
  • Scheduling content on your social media channels
  • Creating pictures quotes for use on Pinterest and Instagram 

The possibilities are endless, but those are some great examples to get you started on what you can ask your virtual assistant to do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because the more information you give, the better a virtual assistant can aid you and give you an accurate response.



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Heather Santo is proudly an A Real Change Certified Virtual Assistant with over 15 years of customer service experience via face-to face, telephone and internet. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting.
She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently.

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  1. says

    LOVE IT!! I’m not ready for a VA yet…but I know I will need one at some point. It’s great to know what a VA does and that you can inquire about services not listed.

    • VA Geek says

      Absolutely! There are so many things I don’t think I could actually sit and list them all. Your company may have a back office where a VA could log in for you and check out your customers, their purchases, when to send cards out etc… The sky is the limit if it is within their capability.

    • VA Geek says

      You will. You may not necessarily need a full time one, but if you get behind in little things it is a good way to get out of the overwhelm.

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