Virtual assistants are in demand more now than ever. Not only are they easier for your clients to afford than personal assistants, but you’re able to take on several clients at once, work remotely and take on the workload that serves you and your business best.
And the best thing of all? The sky is the limit when it comes to services you can offer as a virtual assistant. And if there is no limit, that means your income potential only keeps climbing and climbing.
So read on, VAs…this blog post is for you!
25 Services You Can Offer as a Virtual Assistant
Most people loath bookkeeping because they don’t have the time, but it’s essential to keep the health of a business strong. So whether it’s sending out invoices, paying bills, helping to prepare taxes or doing payroll for employees, there are a ton of services you can offer under this umbrella.
When you own a business, your graphic design needs are more lengthy than you ever thought. So if you can design business cards, sales sheets, or logos for clients, you’re in business.
Everyone needs online marketing no matter what their business is. From creating ads on Facebook to sourcing banner ads, content creation is certainly part of it. But also sell yourself as an online marketing auditor. Consult on where your clients show up in online marketing and make recommendations on where they should be.
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Public relations services can help everyone — not just high-rolling business owners. In addition to pitching clients to news outlets, podcast hosts and other blogs, offer up crisis management, press release writing services and pitch writing (which are shorter and less formal than press releases) as part of your services to offer as a virtual assistant.
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A subset of PR, reputation management includes how your customers talk about you online. Making your client aware of the conversation and interacting with unhappy customers can keep their business running smoother.
Social Media Management
Almost everyone knows the benefit of social media, but this is another area that a lot of business owners don’t have time for. Create content calendars for your clients that include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and show what to post and when.
In addition, you can create content for all of these social media sites so your clients have a broad platform across multiple mediums.
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Complementary to social media management, community management means engaging with the communities (i.e. potential or current customers) that comment on a post, send a DM (that’s a direct message) or write reviews on your clients’ social channels. This could mean answering customer questions, responding to complaints and overall engaging with people who write on your feed.
Social Media Ads
Open up your social media accounts and you’ll likely see tons of ads. This is a great way to market your business. So add Instagram and Facebook ad content (writing and design) as part of the services you offer as a virtual assistant.
Ghost writing is simply writing as if you are the business owner (and you yourself don’t receive a byline). This could be as grandiose as helping someone with their novel or writing blog posts for their website.
Great businesses are that way because of great customer service. But besides social media, customers can engage with a business via email, the “contact us” page on a website or by phone. If you love working with people, this will be an enjoyable task that will really help out business owners.
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Live Chat Customer Service
Many e-commerce sites now offer live chat as a way for customers to communicate and ask questions about a company. Offering this type of customer service in real time will allow you to offer more personalized care for your clients’ customer bases.
Admin work runs the gamut, from doing business audits to helping with product launches and even setting up systems and timelines. Often times, these are those little tasks that make up one big job function.
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Helping clients recruit for open positions (whether it’s full-time or contract work) is an essential service. Starting with listing jobs on local job sites and LinkedIn, this also includes setting up interviews and pre-screening potential employees.
This busy work will keep you busy as a virtual assistant, because it’s a component of nearly every business. In addition to entering alphabetic, numeric of symbolic data into your client’s specific software systems, you may also offer data verification as part of this job duty.Want to become a #virtualassistant but have no idea what service to offer? Check out this list of 25 different services you can start offering NOW as a VA!Click To Tweet
Simply put, an affiliate manager deals with the websites that house affiliate links for your clients’ businesses. If a customer clicks and makes a purchase, the website will take a small fee. However, getting into this type of marketing can be a big money-maker for your clients, which is why it’s smart to offer this service.
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Influencer Campaign Management
Influencer programs are everywhere these days. And although your client may be aware of them, they may not know how to get involved. That’s where you can help by identifying influencers, pitching your client to them, helping to negotiate contracts and tracking campaign results.
Contest and Giveaway Management
Contests are a great way for businesses to increase their engagement and tap into new customers. In your area of expertise, you can recommend potential sponsors and partnerships, secure prizes, communicate rules, moderate entries, choose a winner and deliver the prize.
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There is no end to research for a business owner. Whether your clients needs a market analysis done on their competitors or an audit of their targeted customer base, having the ability to complete many different kinds of research projects will help make you marketable as a virtual assistant.
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That’s Search Engine Optimization in case you didn’t know and it helps increase traffic to a website. Making sure your client’s website is optimized for SEO purposes puts them in front of their target audience and qualified leads, decreases the time they have to spend creating content, and positions them as a brand leader in their niche.
For clients who regularly travel for business, a service you should definitely offer as a virtual assistant includes travel planning. From booking airfare and hotels to making dinner reservations for client meetings, these fun tasks can really help a time-strapped business owner.
In addition to resume design services, so many people also need help putting all their great experience into a sheet of compelling, digestible information. Have your own resume serve as an example of the type of content you can create for others.
A jam-packed email box can prevent business owners from…well…doing business. As part of this service, offer to set up a system for organizing and replying to incoming messages, forwarding messages to the appropriate team members, writing reply emails to their customers’ most common questions and setting up automatic filters.
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So many businesses have in-house project managers and for good reason. They are the ones who keep a business moving full steam ahead. From kicking off projects and managing timelines to scheduling team meetings and creating processes that help the business run more efficiently, there are so many skills you can offer under this umbrella.
Formatting eBooks and Courses
Many online business owners offer courses or eBooks as another form of revenue. But although they may have the content, they may need help with things like choosing a layout, picking typefaces, arranging footnotes and endnotes and more.
Whether your client wants to organize a small conference, workshop or team event for their employees, many businesses need a person on board willing to manage and plan events. As a virtual assistant, you may be asked to find sponsors, secure a venue, arrange accommodations for guests, promote the event or secure catering.
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There are so many services you can offer as a virtual assistant, but your first step should be setting up a killer website showcasing all the great things you can do.
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