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Outsourcing: 20 Tasks You Can Delegate to Virtual Service Professionals

Outsourcing: 20 Tasks You Can Delegate to Virtual Service ProfessionalsThe wave of entrepreneurship is ever-increasing, as more individuals would rather work for themselves than be corporately employed. The desire for more freedom, work-life balance, and the ability to share one’s “zone of genius” leads many to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. This equals to a world of Do-It-Yourselfers – thinking they can do it all on their own. However, what really happens is forgotten meetings, overdue projects, stress and fatigue; to name a few. Many solopreneurs have a fear of delegating overwhelming tasks to a Virtual Service Professional (Virtual Assistant, Executive Assistant, Virtual Support Provider, Virtual Service Provider), although they’re struggling to manage the daily operations of their businesses. They know they need help, but refrain from hiring that help while everything crumbles around them.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Virtual Service Professionals partner with you to relieve you of time-consuming tasks and help your business run smoother. What can you outsource? Here are 20 activities that you can delegate today:

1. Calendar Management
2. Email Management
3. Research
4. Call Handling
5. Transcription
6. Proofreading/Editing
7. Travel Booking
8. Customer Service
9. Accounting/Bookkeeping
10. Database Management
11. Graphic Design
12. Social Media Management
13. Copywriting/Editing
14. Blog Management
15. Community Management
16. Website Building/Maintenance
17. Project Management
18. Email Marketing
19. Podcast Management
20. Webinar Management

With the consistent expansion of needs in every industry, the skills of Virtual Service Providers are rapidly growing to meet them. Review your business operations and identify non-income generating activities that can be taken off your hands. Task-delegation will enable you to focus on your clients and business growth.

How can a Virtual Service Provider help you in your business?

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Hone Your Skills and Build New Ones

Many new Virtual Service Professionals (Virtual Assistants, Virtual Service Providers, Executive Assistants, Virtual Support Professionals, etc.) entering the industry start with offering services that every other VSP is already providing. For example, social media is still all the rave. As such, social media management has been an in-demand skill for some time. However, that doesn’t mean that every VSP needs to offer it. Where does your expertise lie and what problems can you solve for business owners? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What are you currently good at? (Accounting, administrative activities, bookkeeping, project management, copyediting, strategy, writing, tech platforms/tools, etc.)
  • What do you love to do? (From your selections above, pick the ones you’re passionate about)
  • What services can you provide right now?
  • Who do you want to serve? (Authors, coaches, speakers, trainers, local businesses, corporations, non-profits, etc.)
  • What do you want to learn? (Affiliate marketing, e-commerce, online business management, project management, tech platforms/tools, speaking engagement skills, etc.)
  • What do you see a need for that is not currently being offered to help business owners?

The above is by no means an exhausted guide, but it does get the wheels spinning in your creative brain – doesn’t it? In this vast virtual world continuous learning is important and inevitable. If you think about it, how will you stand-out from the crowd doing the same thing that everyone else does? You won’t. Hone your skills, build new ones and make yourself visible.

Do you follow the crowd or make yourself stand-out?

Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.