A virtual assistant can provide most of the secretarial support a small business or sole-trader is likely to require. They can answer your calls, handle your email messages, manage your diary, maintain your spreadsheets, design your Powerpoint presentations, run your social media marketing campaigns, design and build your website…
No matter how much we Mac users rile against Microsoft, there’s just no getting round the fact that most businesses will be using the Microsoft Office suite. Which particular programs you buy depends upon the services you’re going to be offering as a virtual assistant or virtual PA.
I will be writing a series of posts about the various office furniture, IT hardware and software, and online services a virtual assistant or freelancer offering secretarial services may find useful.
Choosing your new virtual assistant may seem daunting: you want someone professional, efficient, reliable; someone with initiative who is flexible in their working methods and will thus be able to integrate your business procedures into their working day. You want your virtual assistant to be confidential, interested in your business goals, and up-to-date with new technology and web-based developments. So give them a call and talk them one-to-one!