50 tasks a virtual assistant can complete in an hour or less

One of the questions I am frequently asked is “How long will this take and how much will it cost me to use a virtual assistant?”. Some tasks it is impossible to judge – but many are easy to complete in an hour or less. With offshore assistants often charging low rates but taking a long time to complete simple tasks, using a UK based virtual assistant is often more economical.

50 Tasks Your Virtual Assistant Can Do In 1 Hour (Or Less!)

  • Type a 15 minute audio report and proofread it.
  • Write newsletter article.
  • Create an online event including promo.
  • Create and send an email campaign to prospects.
  • Data entry – type all your business cards from a networking event into a prospects database.
  • Create a LinkedIn company page.
  • Convert word documents into PDF documents.
  • Research travel times, availability and cost for a business trip.
  • Set up virtual office for marketing seminar including phone number, FAQs, invoices/credit control, email confirmations, reminders and follow ups.
  • SEO report and recommendations for your website.
  • Email your clients to tell them about a new product/service.
  • Set daily, monthly and annual reminders for important tasks.
  • Build a shared client list including email alerts when anything changes.
  • Set up a monthly email newsletter.
  • Convert documents from Word/PowerPoint to PDF (including links or fillable fields).
  • Write and schedule automated posts for your social media accounts.
  • Research a competitor.
  • Mail merge, print, envelope stuff and post 100 letters.
  • Formatting documents, presentations and excel spreadsheets.
  • Design a client enquiry form to use with new prospects.
  • Check for broken links, missing meta tags or other problems with your website.
  • Chase up outstanding invoices.
  • Resize pictures for website/email use.
  • Set up an E-course using Aweber.
  • Submit a press release on your business to online article sites.
  • Find quotes and order your printing from a supplier.
  • Write a how-to guide
  • Send a bulk SMS campaign to your customers.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Create a flowchart of services for your business.
  • Find suitable venues for your event.
  • Set up online payment and delivery of e-courses/e-books.
  • Write a blog entry.
  • Copy type 6 pages of text from fax/PDF/hard copy.
  • Mail merge and print address labels.
  • Create a marketing funnel for your business, tracking customer interactions through your whole sales process.
  • Review your marketing materials and check for typos.
  • Create 4 instagram posts with relevant hashtags and images.
  • Find potential partners for host beneficiary marketing.
  • Send follow up materials either in the post or via email to new clients (e.g. welcome letters, postcards, terms and conditions etc.)
  • Set up an alternative phone number for a different location (e.g. if you are based in 0131 Edinburgh, you may want an 0141 Glasgow number to attract clients from that area or vice versa).
  • Create timesheets for staff and email automatic reminders to fill them in.
  • Find the perfect picture for your website.
  • Set up an Amazon Affiliate account so you get paid for books/products you recommend to customers or website visitors.
  • Spin” articles for better SEO and to avoid duplicate content online.
  • Design a survey for your clients/prospects.
  • Create a digital signature for signing bulk letters/emails.
  • Thank all your clients for attending an event with a personalised letter.
  • Research products/services such as CRM programmes, email marketing or web builder packages.
  • Find journalists contact details for your press release.

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