While growing up, I always thought of my parents as “workaholics”. They would normally get up very early to leave for work and turn in really late every night. They would spend the whole day juggling business and personal chores, which leaves them too worn out to do anything pleasurable (besides sleeping!) at the end of the day.
Looking back now, I realized that they just didn’t have the resources to get an affordable personal assistant. Having a personal assistant then was just too costly that I would probably have to drop out of private school for them to afford it.
Luckily for us, those primitive days are long gone.
Today’s technology allows us easy access to affordable virtual assistants, making it possible for anyone to achieve a good balance between work and personal life.
Having a virtual assistant is so practical that it has helped boost the outsourcing industry. If you’re in need of a virtual assistant, but unsure what to delegate, here are some ideas:
1. Email Management
A former colleague used to complain that emails take up half of her workday. She just couldn’t accomplish anything beyond checking and replying to emails every morning.
If you have the same problem, a virtual assistant can sort your emails. This way you would only need to handle emails that require your personal attention. Given the proper instructions, your VA can deal with the rest of your emails.
2. Customer Support
Everyone in business knows that keeping customers happy is vital to a company’s success. However, maintaining great customer relations entails more work than we have time for.
A virtual assistant can provide customer support. They can call customers for follow-ups or provide customer assistance when needed.
3. Calendar Management
Keeping track of meetings and scheduling appointments can be stressful. Wouldn’t you rather use your time on something more productive, like developing money-making ideas?
A virtual assistant can manage your calendar for you. They can schedule your business or personal appointments. Through the use of shared calendars, you can check your schedule anytime. VAs usually send reminders for your appointments the day before. And if you require, they can give you wake up calls too.
4. Travel Arrangements
Whether it’s a business or leisure trip, booking for the most economical flights and looking for suitable accommodations can be very time consuming.
Guess what? A virtual assistant can take care of this for you.
5. List Building, Research & Data Mining
Building a list, researching and data mining are very tedious work. The legwork involved can last for weeks or even months. Why not pass it on to a virtual assistant? These are basic services a VA can provide.
Just imagine how much freedom you can have simply by ridding your daily schedule of such mundane tasks. You’ll have more time to spend on more important matters.
Given the choice, I’m pretty sure my parents would have hired a virtual assistant then.
About Pepper Virtual Assistants
Pepper Virtual Assistant Services is a business solutions firm that specializes on administrative assistance, customer support, CRM, copywriting, and personal virtual assistance. We take pride in our reliable service and responsive client handling which embodies our team’s optimal performance.