Minimize Outsourcing Stress: Tasks to Give Your Assistant
Minimize outsourcing stress by preparing your tools ahead of time. Read this before hiring your first assistant.
Growing your business is a lot like cooking. You don’t want to neglect the pasta on the stove while preparing the vegetables for your salad. That’s why hiring an assistant can be helpful. While you’re focused on preparing the pasta, your VA will quietly prepare the salad.
What is an online assistant?
An online service provider that can handle many common business tasks for you. She can do basic things like book appointments, moderate blog comments, upload content to your blog, format blog posts, and post content on your social media accounts. But that’s only the beginning. Here are some other ways that a VA can help you:
Assist with Product Launches
Product launches can be very stressful. There are a lot of small details that go into it. You can do everything yourself but you’ll risk feeling overwhelmed and at the end, exhausted. But, with an online assistant, you have a silent partner working behind the scenes to make things run smoother.
Product Launch Tasks to Outsource
- find and approve affiliates
- prepare VIP bonuses
- write your autoresponder emails
- set up your sales page
- manage Facebook ads
You are the boss, you get to decide what tasks you’ll handle and which tasks to hand over to your virtual assistant. Creating a master checklist will help you and your assistant stay on target. You might even try a project management system like FreedCamp.
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Hey, it’s probably time to check that pasta. 😉
Manage Emails and Customer Service
Like most people you probably have an inbox filled with thousands of emails. Sifting through the junk to get to the important stuff like questions from customers and affiliates, joint venture requests, and industry news can be daunting.
I know you may feel like you’re the only one that can handle it, but it’s not true.
You can easily outsource this to your virtual assistant freeing up your time for focused work.
Consider using ‘canned’ responses to answer frequently asked questions. Have your VA add filters to your email so your inbox stays tidy. It may seem impossible now, but once it’s set up, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.
The pasta sauce is looking close to done. 😉
Organize Online Summits and Webinars
An online assistant can be a lucky charm when planning for an online summit or webinar. She can research influential speakers, help prepare welcome packets, and handle follow-ups afterward.
If you’re using special software like Webinar Jam, Youtube streaming, Anymeeting, or Zoom she can help set it up. Technical glitches will happen and a cushion (your VA) to fall back on can be comforting.
If you plan on repackaging your summit or webinar, your assistant can help record, edit, and prepare your sessions.
Hiring an assistant can feel like you’re going bonkers at first but soon you’ll feel like you’re cuddling kittens. No one is good at delegating at first so give yourself some time. Soon, you and your VA will share a cup of espresso while reminiscing over all the strides you’ve made over the year.