Wouldn’t it make your life easier if you could hire one Virtual Assistant who was a whiz at absolutely every job you could throw at them? That would be great but if you found someone who could do that, they would be worth their weight in gold. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to hire a permanent employee who can do every job in your office equally well. It’s even more unlikely that you’ll be able to outsource and find someone overseas who can do everything you can ask of them.
A typical VA can do a lot of things, but there are several general roles that most VA’s will be asked to fill. Most VA’s will be a specialist in one or two of these roles but if they excelled in all of them they would be a rare (and valuable) commodity.
- General VA – this is a person who can handle all of the day to day tasks that pull you away from really important work. They handle things like booking meetings, filtering e-mails, writing letters, or planning the company Christmas party.
- SEO Specialist – if you have a website and it’s important for your business, you need someone who knows how to maximize page rankings and build your online presence.
- Web Developer – responsible for maintaining your website and keeping the content up to date. Creates landing pages and may do some basic graphic design work.
- Graphic Designer – if your website is image or graphics rich, you may need a designer. Might also design flyers, mail outs, and newsletters.
- Content Writer – this person is responsible for writing content for your web pages, blog articles, and marketing campaigns.
- Audio/Video Editor – if your business requires you do develop videos or audio tracks or you post video content or sound bites on your website or YouTube, you probably need an audio/ video editor.
The jobs typically filled by VA’s can be quite varied and it would be quite difficult for a single VA to be good in all of these roles. That’s where a team of VA’s is the ideal solution for most businesses.
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