If you get bogged down in your craft business with day-to-day tasks, consider hiring a virtual assistant. We were talking about virtual assistants in the Cutting for Business Insider’s Club the other day and several members didn’t know what tasks would be good for a virtual assistant to do. Let’s talk about them today.
10 Tasks a Virtual Assistant Can Do in Your Craft Business
- Social media. From posting on Instagram or Facebook to creating pins for Pinterest, a virtual assistant can handle these tasks. If you aren’t confident in letting someone take over your social media, have them schedule the messages so you can look over them before they post.
- Answering emails. Emails take a lot of time away from creating. And of course, it is best to answer emails as quickly as possible. Have your virtual assistant take over for you.
- Creating invoices. Creating invoices can be time consuming. For your business to keep running, you obviously need to send them out to get paid. Have your virtual assistant help you out.
- Input listings. Virtual assistants can list products on Etsy, Shopify, or your website. The time you would have spent doing this can be used for creating.
- SEO audits and updating. Search Engine Optimization can be time consuming. Why not put your virtual assistant on it?
- Researching help for services. If something is out of the realm of your virtual assistant, he or she can hit the internet and find someone that can help you out. For example, if your virtual assistant isn’t familiar with SEO tactics, they can surely scour the internet looking for the best priced service to complete the task.
- Placing supplier orders. I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to order supplies I search several websites for the best deal. Obviously, this is time consuming. Put your virtual assistant on the job!
- Creating advertising. If you use Facebook Ads, Google Ads, or Etsy Promoted Listings you can have your virtual assistant create and manage those ads for you.
- Market research. If you are trying to break into new demographics, put your virtual assistant on the job! He or she can dig into the internet and see what is selling and what is not.
- Entering data. Working on inventory in your craft room? Write it down one a piece of paper and snap a picture. Let your virtual assistant organize the information into a nice and tidy spreadsheet for you. He or she can also help you keep it up to date.
Honestly, a virtual assistant can do anything that can be done offsite using a phone or a computer.
Where to Find a Virtual Assistant?
I’ve hired virtual assistants for help along the way while writing this blog. I’ve successfully used Upworks twice. You can sign up and post a job, or simply look through the users. They list their specialities and their price per hour. You’ll find that prices vary greatly; but remember – you get what you pay for!
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