The role of the Virtual Assistant is as flexible as it is versatile, with plenty of roles focussed specifically on one job or another. Today, we want to go through the different types of Virtual Assistants you will come across on your journey, and the differences between them. This is mostly based on industry.
- Social Media Virtual Assistant – Business owners generally spend around 10 hours per week on social media. It has become absolutely essential to have someone dedicated to thinking, producing, and posting content that is relevant to your business. Most business owners don’t have the time to focus on social media and don’t want to go down the expensive route of hiring a full-time employee.
- Virtual Research Assistant – This role can consist of anything from performing market research in relevant industries for competitor analysis, researching guest blog opportunities, and compiling researched data in an easy-to-use format.
- Virtual Bookkeeping Assistant – Virtual Bookkeeping Assistant roles are becoming increasingly useful to smaller firms that have additional work, but not enough hands. There are a number of tasks that might be available to delegate, including inventory management, budgeting, end-of-year bookkeeping, account reconciliations, and more.
- eCommerce Virtual Assistant – As the pandemic has progressed, the need for online shopping has skyrocketed, prompting thousands of people to create and launch their own E-commerce stores. With this spike in popularity, comes an opportunity for Virtual Assistants who have previously specialized in a similar field, to use their expertise and help business owners manage their online stores. Tasks for this role could include stock management, order processing, customer communication, and more.
- Property Virtual Assistant – Another role quickly increasing in popularity. Many property businesses consist of small, closely knit teams that are used to working in a certain way. Some of these businesses might not have the hours to justify onboarding another full or part time employee. Here is where another opportunity for the VA role lies. Tasks for a property business could include data scraping, posting ads, diary management, database management, email campaigns and more.
- Virtual Assistant Writers – Often referred to as ghostwriters or creative writers can become great assets to business owners in a variety of industries. Creating articles relevant to their business that also happen to be a good read, is one of the most time-consuming activities we can think of, but can also have a great range of benefits when it comes to actually marketing a business and generating interest.
There are so many ways in which a Virtual Assistant can help any number of the aforementioned industries and businesses. Knowing your business, and understanding how valuable your time is as a business owner can help when making these important decisions.
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