3 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Increase Your Efficiency
27th February 2017
Guest Writer – Anita Kilkenny
Would you like to get 5 hours (or more) back each week?
Research shows that on average, businesses spend at least 10 to 15 hours a week on non-core, unbillable tasks. So, if you’re earning say, $150 an hour, taking all day to do a particular admin or social media task (and tearing your hair out while doing so), it makes sense to pay someone $50 an hour to complete the task in half the time and possibly with twice as much skill. Virtual Assistants not only save you time and money, but they increase your productivity by improving your efficiency.
Here are the Top 3 ways a VA can increase your efficiency …
#1 … Setting Up Processes
How much time are you spending on everyday tasks?
Do you ever wonder if there is an easier way of doing things? There are tons of programs available now that can help streamline and automate these everyday functions and a VA can help pinpoint these for you, set them up and get them working for you.
#2 … Social Media Management
We all know that social media can be and is very time-consuming. Sure, you can do it yourself, it’s not rocket science but is it a good use of your time? A VA can create and curate your content, and schedule your posts using programs such as Hootsuite, Buffer or Recurpost, just to name a few. They can also gather data and report on your social media effectiveness.
#3 … CRM Maintenance
Transform that pile of business cards into a centralised, electronic Customer Relationship Manager (“CRM”) where you can track communications and potential earnings from clients. Awesome CRMs include Capsule, Insightly, 17Hats or the big gun, Infusionsoft. Most, if not all, integrate with email marketing programs and accounting packages, again streamlining and automating processes.
Release the admin, regain your time, and focus on your core business activity. What will you outsource to a Virtual Assistant to make your business more efficient?
Author Bio: Anita is the Head Goddess at The Holistic Virtual Assistant. Anita started her virtual career started back in 1994 helping solopreneurs with their administration and secretarial needs and, more recently, with social media, email marketing and online events. She is Australia based and focuses on the health and wellness sector.
This article featured in the January Edition of Paeds Biz.