The virtual assistant industry has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, owing to its convenience, affordability, and other benefits that it provides to businesses of all size. Here is a list of 10 essential tasks to outsource to a virtual assistant:

• Diary management. One of the most popular roles a virtual assistant is hired for is diary management. Communication is critical when delegating diary management to a virtual assistant. Your preferences need to be made clear and any changes to your preferences should be discussed openly to ensure good communication with your virtual assistant.

• Travel arrangements. Ensuring that international travel arrangements are organised accurately and efficiently is a vital part of any PA’s duties. Virtual assistants can help you with flight bookings, hotel reservations, arranging transportation and itinerary management.

• Email management. Your virtual assistant can: set up alerts, rules, and filters to suit your needs and preferences. Clean up and sort, archive or delete old emails clogging up your inbox.

• Creating presentations. Powerpoint and Keynote presentations are a part and parcel of most business meetings; and project plans, reports and progress may be displayed on these to add a visual medium as a reference point. This job can easily be outsourced to a skilled virtual assistant who is adept at preparing these presentations; it can save you a considerable amount of time and trouble.

• Bookkeeping. A virtual accounting/bookkeeping assistant is also a virtual assistant who’s a professional in accounting services. Managing your finances is one of the most important aspects of running a business — but it’s also one of the most tedious and time consuming. As a small business owner, hiring accounting staff will be out of your budget. However, you do have the option to hire a virtual assistant for bookkeeping.

• Social media management. Social media virtual assistants do everything a social media manager does — except they work from a remote location. Social media virtual assistants can create, manage, post and promote your Social Profiles and Pages.

• Graphic/website design. A virtual graphic/ web design assistant is essentially a virtual assistant that specialises in graphic/ web design. So, if you’re looking for a new website, logo, or a bunch of cool retweet able infographics a virtual assistant might just be the solution.

• Research. A virtual research assistant is a remote worker who conducts Internet research as per their clients’ needs and sends the data to their clients after compilation. A virtual assistant with the skills to dig out relevant information from the rest of the jumble can specialize in research.

• Transcriptions. A transcription virtual assistant can turn your videos and interviews into blog posts. Turn notes into clear text documents, eliminate hesitations and repetition to create valuable written content and ensure you cover all formats for better search engine results.

• Lifestyle management. Various parts of lifestyle management require support too, to free up your time to focus on whatever else you need it. A virtual assistant can help with researching and buying presents, booking holidays, making appointments and personal finances.

In conclusion…
Virtual assistants, can help you find more time for your family, reduce operating cost, and strengthen weak areas in your organisation. Virtual assistants will also increase your efficiency. And if you need to scale up your business operations, virtual assistants are a safe option.