Executives who’ve typically relied on full-time, in-person PAs currently need remote support. As a PA recruitment agency, we’re increasingly supplying virtual assistants to employers across the capital and beyond. A common question, however, is “what can I ask a virtual assistant to do?”
The tasks that a virtual assistant can do are so broad that the easiest way to answer this question would be to tell you what they can’t do! Here, however, we cover the core tasks that virtual assistants do. If you’re in any doubt about additional tasks, please give us a call on 020 7870 7177.
A virtual assistant’s core tasks
Admin is the most obvious thing that VAs can do. Like a typical PA, they can look after:
- Diary management: Scheduling meetings (both in-person and virtual) and making appointments.
- Typing and data entry: Writing up letters and reports and inputting data.
- Customer service and phone calls: Answering the phone and directing calls, undertaking first-line customer service.
- Travel arrangements: Make whatever travel arrangements you need and ensuring they’re Covid-safe.
- Organisation: Organising your systems, to-do list, and email inbox.
With the right technological tools, a VA will be able to undertake many of the same administrative tasks as an in-office PA.
We briefly mentioned inbox management in admin tasks, but really, it’s a task all by itself. Managing an overflowing inbox, responding, deleting, and prioritising messages as appropriate can be a full-time job in itself. A competent VA can ensure that your email communications are more efficient, meaning you can focus attention where it really needs to go.
Content and social media management
Social media management is an enormous time drain. A VA can take on all of its administrative elements, from scheduling posts to responding to comments. In some cases, they’re also able to write basic content for social media and your blog; they can also source and edit images.
Bookkeeping and basic accounts
Some VAs are competent with basic financial tasks. All should be happy to manage your expenses, but some will also be able to input and manage invoices, chase payments, and make purchases.
From understanding your competitors to figuring out how to do a particular new report, research can take up inordinate amounts of your time. VAs are research pros. They can gather the information you need and present it to you in a succinct way.
If requested, a VA can free up extra work time for you by taking over some of your personal tasks. From booking trips to buying Christmas presents, they can sort it.
Ad hoc projects
Instead of looking for people temping in London, look for a VA instead. They can help manage your workflow by taking on ad hoc projects without you needing to take on a permanent employee.
A virtual assistant will quickly become an invaluable tool. They can take on the various tasks that you need them to so that you can perform more efficiently and professionally. Find a virtual assistant through Love Success.
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