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Ten Jobs a Virtual Assistant Can Do

1. Make templates. A virtual assistant can create templates that help their client avoid spending time on repetitive tasks. If there is a particular type of email or letter the client frequently sends, a virtual assistant can set up a template letter so the client only needs to insert names and other personal information.

2. Transcribe voice mails. Listening to voice mail can be time-consuming. Most people need to know who called and why. Listening to voice mail can tie up your phone line and it’s easy to get interrupted and lose your place in the queue of messages. A virtual assistant can play the voice mails and type up transcripts, which take much less time to read.

3. Travel reservations. Virtual assistants can book travel arrangements for their clients. VAs can help with every detail of a business or personal trip such as finding cheap flights, arranging ground transportation, and booking hotels that meet certain qualifications. This frees up the client’s time to work on more specialized tasks.

4. Price comparisons. A VA might be asked to research products or services and write up price comparisons. Most clients in service or product-based businesses like to know what their competition is up to. A virtual assistant can seek out this information and summarize it.

5. Resolve complaints. A lot of business people don’t have time to deal with unhappy customers. A VA who has a diplomatic disposition can help placate unsatisfied customers and find a resolution everyone can live with.

6. Meeting setup. A virtual assistant can help with every aspect of setting up a meeting, from finding a location to coordinating dates and times with all of the attendees. The VA can also order refreshments and create handouts for the meeting.

7. Manage outsourcers. Many people who hire VAs also have several other people working for them. A virtual assistant can manage all of the outsourcers so that the client only has to deal with one person rather than each one individually.

8. Set appointments. A virtual assistant can set appointments for their client if they use a synchronized scheduling program so that the VA has access to the client’s schedule. Calling up contacts or even making a doctor’s appointment can entail a lot of back and forth so VAs are often asked to handle this task.

9. Create daily schedules. Some people are not skilled at time management. VAs can keep track of a client’s schedule and give them an overview of everything they have to do each day to help keep them on track.

10. Reminders. A virtual assistant can be a big help to forgetful or distracted clients. Some people work so hard that they lose track of time. A VA can call five minutes before an important appointment to make sure the client has not forgotten.

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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