How to Hire a Virtual Assistant?
When you’re starting out with your business, you’re doing it all: fulfilling orders, responding to customers, partners, managing your social media, and so much more.
But while we pursue entrepreneurship for many reasons, having less time in our lives isn’t one of them.
That’s why the first “employee” many entrepreneurs hire is a virtual assistant: someone who can take on the daily tasks and processes that are important for running your business, but not necessarily focused on growing it.
A virtual assistant is like having an extra pair of hands without hiring an actual employee. If you’re experiencing stress and the other “good problems” that come with success, it might be time for you to consider hiring your own virtual assistant and get back some of those hours in your day.
What can you outsource to a virtual assistant?
While virtual assistants often do a lot of administrative tasks, you can also hire them to perform roles ranging from sales to social media management (if you give them clear guidelines and instructions).
If it’s a repetitive routine, you can probably hand it off to a VA. If you can write down a tedious process on paper, you can probably teach your VA how to do it for you.
As long as the tasks or processes are something a reasonably intelligent and resourceful person can accomplish when given clear instructions, you can probably get a virtual assistant to take them on.
Here are just some of the things you can hire a virtual assistant to do for you:
Customer Service: Answering emails and phone calls from customers.
Social Media Management: Curating content, replying to comments, and other community management tasks.
Research: Looking for a list of bloggers/influencers to reach out to or curating stats or examples you can use in a piece of content.
Store Management: Order fulfillment, inventory management, running sales for you (you can find VAs that have experience with Shopify, specifically).
Data-entry: Bookkeeping or inputting data from different sources into a spreadsheet.
Cold Calling: Making cold calls (usually provided with a script and canned responses to common questions), and scheduling meetings between you and prospects.
Personal Errands: Getting flowers bought and delivered to your mom for Mother’s Day.
From the uses cases above, you can already see how much time a VA can potentially save you if you were to incorporate one into your day.
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