As more and more people are becoming familiar with the term VA and virtual assisting, not everyone has a clear understanding of what it is that a VA does. Although I’ve written a previous blog post on some of the most common services provided by a VA, there are other services available as well, which to some might come as a surprise. Each VA has specific services they offer in their practice, so the types of services offered by each will vary significantly.
Here are some additional services that you might find being offered, many which are offered by myself at Executive Business Services, LLC.
Services You May Not Know a VA Provides
Online Media Consulting- setting up and maintaining social networks, creating online marketing strategies and advertisements like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, ScoopIt, Google Adwords, etc.
Ancestry and Geneology Research- want to know about your ancestors or find missing relatives or learn more about your family heritage?
Proofreading- reviewing documents and materials for grammar and spelling errors.
Budgeting and Forecasting-both corporate and personal. Need a budget, need guidance, need help getting back on track or finding ways to cut costs and un-needed expenses?
Shopping and Gift Buying-a VA can many times arrange to purchase gifts both locally and online worldwide and have them delivered right to your door.
Corporate and Personal Travel Arrangements-airfare, hotels, meetings, events, retreats, golf tournaments, concerts, vacations, etc.
Locating Hard to Find Items-VA’s are very informational and highly experienced in research, chances are your VA can find what you need in a short period of time.
Wedding and Event Planning-weddings, ceremonies, honeymoons, reunions, parties, retirement celebrations, anniversary’s, baby showers, etc.
Personal and Executive Assistant-an assistant for everything you need! VA’s are well versed in all sector’s of business. Find the one that can best service your needs and you’ll be well organized and spoiled.
Finding Suppliers and Vendors-VA’s are very good at establishing relationships and setting up new accounts for your business often times researching where to get the best service and price for you.
Cold Calling-Many VA’s will cold call prospective clients on your behalf including setting appointments for your sales staff.
Building Customer Lists-locate new prospective clients or markets for you and provide that information in list form.
Letter, Invitation and Card Writing-sending cards, letters, and invitations for you, this is a highly time sensitive process that many businesses don’t have time for.
Gift Baskets and Floral Deliveries-want to send a bouquet to a sick employee, or a gift basket to a customer, maybe flowers for your wife, your VA will handle this task, just call and give a budget and the rest is done.
Reminder Services-VA’s are very good at maintaining a schedule for their clients and setting reminders and notifying you of important appointments so that you NEVER miss another meeting.
Corporate and Personal Research and Special Projects-you never know what you might need to research and you may lack the time to complete effective research, call your VA and they can do this fairly quickly for you.
Relocation and Moving Services-moving your business or perhaps your family. Need help finding a moving company, or changing address, notifying customers, vendors, etc. Your VA can help with this. Your VA can even find your new location or home as well.
Homestaging/Decluttering/Organizing-some VA’s specialize in these services and are highly savvy when it comes to these needs. If you need help getting a home sold or becoming more organized, this could be just what you need.
Referral Service for Trades, Contractors, etc.-with the many relationships that VA’s have they have a long list of businesses, contractors, and trades in your local area and can more than likely quickly find them for you anywhere in the U.S.
Scheduling-setting up and maintaining a schedule for you.
Auditing-a complete review of your insurance policies, workman’s comp, benefits, office supply purchases, fuel receipts, DOT logs, safety and policy manuals, financials, spending accounts.
Contact and Database Management and Setup-want to track your customers, vendors, or family better? Maybe you have a database of information that you don’t have time to maintain. Your VA can take care of the implementation of several database management systems and maintain them as well.
Competitive Research-want to know what your competitors are up to? You will also need this information for drafting a business plan or starting a new business.
A virtual assistant is truly an amazing member to have on your professional team. Just like having a CPA, a lawyer, an insurance agent, and a banker, you should also have a virtual assistant to help you as needed with a variety of business support services.