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4 Important Ways to Use Your VA

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Whether you have a small business or a large one, having a virtual assistant on-hand can help you tackle and complete all of your work quickly and efficiently. But are you using your VA to his or her full potential? Here are four ways you can utilize your virtual assistant.

1) Have your VA perform tasks that you should be doing but keep putting off.

When you’re running a business, it seems like there’s always tedious or recurring tasks that come up. It can get old dealing with the same issues over and over again and, even though these tasks might be small, you may find yourself putting them off. For example, writing blog posts or completing a monthly newsletter can take up much of your valuable time. What better way to keep the content coming than to assign these tasks to your VA? Virtual Assistants are fantastic at researching and writing content for your blog posts or newsletters.

2) Have your VA work on tasks that you dislike doing or feel you don’t have the skills to accomplish.

Being in the business world, it’s not uncommon to run into tasks that you just don’t like to do or for which you don’t have time to learn the skills. Here’s where your VA comes in! Imagine you want to add a map from your Foursquare account to your WordPress site. This means you would need to find a widget in WordPress that does exactly what you want and then you must also place it on your site. But the problem is you’re unsure how WordPress works. Not a problem! Your VA has the skills and knowledge to add the widget to your site and make sure it’s working and displaying properly.

3) Have your VA help you generate revenue.

Everyone’s main goal when starting a business is to create revenue. There are several ways your VA can help you with this. For instance, one way they can assist you with getting your name out there and generating more traffic to your website is by utilizing social media sites. Our VAs have the proper training and knowledge to take your service or product information and help you promote on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Linkedin.

4) Have your VA automate your business.

This may be one of the most valuable pieces of advice we can give you. When you’re dealing with new software or even tasks you have been working with for quite some time, it’s always good to have a manual or set of guidelines available in order to make sure all tasks are completed correctly. Having a VA create documents or manuals for the tasks you deal with weekly, or even daily, can help boost your productivity and will also offer a cushion in case another employee has to perform these tasks while you are away.

So if you have or are considering getting a Virtual Assistant, keep these tips in mind for utilizing their skills and helping your business grow and prosper.

photo credit: Al Abut

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Team CVA

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