Seems to be a common thread nowadays when I speak with someone about coaching, one of the key things challenging them is not enough time to get everything done. How do you dig out from under that constant stress?
Start with a list of everything you’re doing. I mean everything. If you’re hand-addressing birthday cards to past clients, it goes on the list. Next, review the list and assign an hourly rate to the task. Consider what your time is worth, and whether you can delegate some of these ongoing tasks to another person.
VAs – Virtual Assistants – are great options for people looking to offload some work without the commitment of hiring a permanent, full-time support person. If you’re not sure whether it’s a good solution, talk to a coach. He or she can help you get clear on what you need.
Virtual assistants can be found through a variety of sources. One that’s real estate specific you should check out is MyOutDesk. They offer VAs for either 20 or 40 hours per week.
Here’s a list shared by www.virtualstafffinder.com of 25 things you might hire a VA to do for you (regardless of business):
1. Email Management/Filtering
2. Setting up Autoresponders (Aweber, Mailchimp)
3. Booking appointments with clients
4. Following up with clients/customers (sending out thank you emails, happy birthday emails etc.)
5. Receptionist duties (answering occasional calls)
6. Calendar Management
7. File Management (organizing files using Dropbox etc)
8. Database building (eg. updating email or contact lists on your CRM)
9. Research on certain topics for blogposts, newsletters or others
10. Personal errands (purchasing gifts for loved ones/family members online, researching for the best vacation spots, etc)
11. Hotel and Flight Booking
12. Transcription (transcribing voicemail, video or audio, podcasts etc.)
13. Taking down minutes of meetings
14. Creating basic reports (reports on weekly tasks, deliverables, sales)
15. Preparing Slideshows (Powerpoint Presentations)
16. Liaison between you and other team members
17. Recruitment (source for other team members like writers or graphic artists)
18. Set-up Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube)
19. Manage and update Social Media Accounts
20. Manage your Blog (Basic WordPress Skills)
21. Publish posts on your Blog (content you provided)
22. Filter and reply to comments on your blog
23. Answering support tickets (with the use of Zendesk)
24. Blog commenting (your VA can comment on other blog posts to increase links to your site)
25. Participating in discussion forums or message boards (to promote your site/service)