You started a business?
So, you've gathered a couple of employees.
You've perfected your products.
And now you're ready to be successful!
Hold on - you have got a great website, right?
And you're using social media to promote your business?
Houston - we have a problem.
It's the 21st century.
If you don't have an online presence, you don't have, well, anything!
Very few people will know about your business, and even fewer will be buying from it.
You could have the most incredible services on offer, but if the word hasn't gotten out about these services you simply don't stand a chance!
My client was exactly the same.
As a catering business they could cook up a storm in the kitchen, but didn't know how to actually get the word out about it.
Twitter? Not a clue.
Facebook? No idea.
Are you sure that's actually a thing?
I knew what they needed, and I know how to find it.
Even if you don't know technology, there is someone else that does.
And that someone else is your future tech-savvy VA.
Question is - how can you find one of these virtual assistant savvies?
Well, that's why I'm here.
This article is going to take you through:
- What virtual assistant savvies are
- The technology services they can provide
- The benefits of hiring a tech savvy VA
- How to find these virtual assistant savvies
- And the skills you need to make sure they have
I know, I know - it can all get a little bit complicated.
You clicked on this article cause you didn't understand technology and it's complex terms.
And I'd be letting you down if I didn't take you through the ins and outs of hiring a VA.
Let's start with a simple definition of virtual assistant'.
A virtual assistant - or a VA - is a freelancer who works remotely.
You have a task you need someone to do, like, right now?
Send one to them via an email, a message, or over a Skype call.
Pay them their rate, and wait for the completed task.
Wow, that was easy!
There are two types of VAs:
General Virtual Assistants
These VAs do tasks that aren't necessarily skill based and stick to administrative tasks. This includes organising your calendar, or sorting out your inbox.
Specialist Virtual Assistants
These VAs do tasks tailored to their specialist knowledge. They do what other employees of the business cannot. Such tasks include supercharging your social media, or re-working your website. This means that tech savvy VAs are specialists!
So, we know what a virtual assistant is. But what about the savvies' bit?
To be savvy' means to be experienced and informed about something.
And in this case, the virtual assistants discussed in this article are savvy about technology and sorting out your social media presence.
I don't know about you, but I struggle with technology.
I don't know what The Cloud is
I don't know how to become a viral sensation...
I barely know how to publish a blog post!
None of this adds up to success.
And my client? She wasn't much better either.
She had just brought out a new range of organic, vegan meals when she realised she simply wasn't getting any orders.
When she emailed me asking me about basic - and let's face it, outdated - marketing tips I knew just what to do.
But what can a tech savvy VA actually do?
To convince you to make the short-term hire, I've compiled a list of the things tech savvy VAs can sink their teeth into:
They can rework your website
Struggling with Squarespace?
Worrying about Wordpress?
Enter your VA:
Tech savvy VAs can both create a website and fix any issues it may encounter.
A professional looking website is the first step to a professional feeling business, so it's best that you get outsourcing!
My caterer client was ecstatic when I first mentioned they can work with your Wordpress.
They had a website, but their social media was, well, weak.
So, by finding a VA that could correct any website-based errors and create their social media presence, they could finally get a grip of their marketing.
They can create content
Marketing starts with one thing:
Not a connoisseur of the pen and parchment?
Can barely string a sentence together?
Don't worry - there are people that can do that for you!
My client was the same - her food writing was a recipe for disaster!
So, she handed it over to her freshly hired VA, and received brilliant blog posts within a matter of hours.
(Well, they weren't as good as my articles...)
They can edit that content
Like I said: my client was shipped top-notch blog posts, and was raring to post them.
But she then came up with the idea to post a personal story about her cooking once a fortnight.
But like I also said: the writing was, um, not worthy of her incredible business
She sent over her blog posts to her VA, and hey presto - they were proofed and polished.
All she had to do was click publish'!
Just like revamping your website, they can rework your current content and make magic of your marketing!
They can put the you' in YouTube
It's not all about blogs these days
It's also about vlogs!
So, how is your YouTube channel?
Oh, you don't have one?
If only there was someone that could produce scripts, edit the videos, and upload them all for you
Hold the phone - there is?
My client's VA took charge of her online presence by setting up a channel and posting a video once a week.
And she's already up to 2.3k subscribers!
They can schedule and upload your perfected posts
Your content could be spectacular.
Your graphic design could be great!
But if you aren't posting regularly you might as well not be posting at all.
The first thing my client's VA did was pull up her calendar and type upload day on every single Tuesday.
Without fail her VA would post a video, a pin and a blogpost on every single Tuesday.
And what did my client have to do?
Wait for the fresh influx of traffic!
I know - that's a lot of stuff.
But I bet you're excited to get these tasks off your back!
Oh, you didn't know that you should be doing all these things already?
Then you should definitely hire a virtual assistant!
So, we know what they can do
But how can they actually benefit your business?
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To convince you to outsource your tech needs to some virtual assistant savvies, I've brought together all the pros of hiring a pro!
You can get high-quality results from a professional
You've worked hard to get your business to where it is.
And there is no doubt that you are good at what you do.
So, why not outsource the things you aren't good at to someone who is exactly the same?
Fact is virtual assistant savvies are trained and totally terrific at everything tech-related.
You certainly aren't.
And when you pick your VA you can see their qualifications and past experience including evidence of their previous projects or jobs.
Take my client:
They only wanted a VA who had past experience with other catering companies.
Couple of clicks later and she was interviewing 3 different candidates, one of which had done marketing for a rather famous grocery brand
(And no, I'm not telling you - it's top secret!)
Finally, you can be sure to get top-quality results!
You can have more time to put back into your business
When my client first emailed me, they were in a panic.
Their first few attempts at creating a YouTube channel had ended with a copyright strike.
They didn't have a clue what they were doing.
And because they didn't know what they were doing, it was taking waaay longer than it should have!
When they finally hired their VA, they realized that not only did they not have to do those time-consuming tasks, but their VA would do them way faster!
So, whilst your VA is editing your new vlog, you can treat yourself to that coffee break!
You can get a low-cost solution to your business' needs
I get that VAs are great at what they do
But why not just hire a full-time employee?
That's what my client said to me when I first suggested a VA.
And my answer to that question?
Cause it's expensive.
That's a salary, a laptop and a desk out of your budget.
And don't forget your office space. If you work remotely, you can't hire an in-office employee!
When you do have to move to a bigger office, that will cost you, too!
It all adds up to far too much.
You workflow can be more productive
Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?
Your work is the same!
When you're good at what you do, you do it fast.
By cutting out those tasks that you don't enjoy and eat away at your workday you boost your productivity.
My client could serve up a creme brulee in mere minutes.
But a blog post?
It would take hours!
Why not polish up your productivity by hiring a VA?
Your business seriously needs it
There's no doubt about it:
If you own a business you need to get a grip on your technology needs.
You wouldn't start a business and just not market it, would you?
Marketing no longer starts with billboards and ends with an advert in the local paper...
My client's business was actually on the downward spiral when they first got in contact with me.
They had a 37% decline in profit - that was the 3rd month is a row from which their revenue was falling!
No, it wasn't falling.
It was nose-diving.
And it was all down to their marketing - or, rather, they're lack of it.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry...
I think I've made a mistake
These aren't benefits - these are must-haves in this day and age for your business!
Let's be honest.
You want a tech savvy VA now, don't you?
You want to see a miracle with your marketing.
You're keen to see innovation on your Instagram.
And you're ready to be fabulous on Facebook.
But how can you actually find one of these virtual assistant savvies that can bring about these benefits?
Well, get ready to thank me.
I've brought together all the ways you can have your very own tech savvy VA.
That's right - I've compared our top-rated agencies for tech savvy VAs!
Reviewers loved how the agency took the time to analyse the clients' needs and search for the niche talent needed. This is important given the variety in technology.
Reviewers frequently made note of the wide variety of services on offer. They especially loved the backup virtual assistants on offer in case their VA was unavailable.
This is a popular agency for business owners looking for a personalised experience. Reviewers also love that they can outsource a variety of tasks.
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Deuxt specialise in supporting small and medium-sized clients. They also offer a variety of tasks including admin, but most stick to online marketing.
Every VA they have on offer is a US college graduate and capable of handling the wide variety of tasks including WordPress, marketing, admin, and research.
They do specialise in administrative tasks but have recently expanded their tasks to include marketing and SEO. They also mainly hire bilingual (english and spanish) speakers.
There are very few agencies that specialise in a specific niche of tasks.
Typically a wide variety of talents are employed by the VAs on offer, but you can assess the individual VAs' expertise and experience, too.
These agencies are a bit like Amazon:
You scroll through the VAs on offer.
You see their qualifications, past jobs, and their reviews.
And you pick the one that suits your business best.
That's your technology transformed and your social media supercharged!
It's all very well to work your way through an agency and pick that awesome VA.
But how do you actually know they're an awesome VA - and can work for your business?
Don't worry - I've got you covered.
I've compiled the ultimate checklist for you to use when deciding on your tech savvy VA.
For each task you might need doing, I've brought together the tools they should be versed in and the experience they should have:
Do you need great graphic design?
If you're looking for a VA to provide blog post graphics, polish up your email headers or liven up your logo, they should have experience in tools like Canva or Photoshop.
The greater number of tools used, the better.
Look for past projects like eBook covers, advert graphics, email headers, and social media graphics.
Ready for some awesome emailing?
Check out VAs that have experience in a variety of email service providers.
ConvertKit is just one example of this, and is geared towards content creators and other businesses looking to build an audience through their email list.
Looking for a leadpage?
Then look for VA with not just an experience of website design and HTML
But also experience with tools like Leadpages or Unbounce, landing page builders.
Your landing page is, like, really important.
You need to make sure you only outsource to the best!
Searching for a social media manager?
Hoping to polish up your Pinterest, or bring finesse to your Facebook page?
Simple - look for VA with experience in the platforms you need support with in particular!
Don't forget social media advert experience; they'll be able to determine your needs and decide on the level of support your social media requires.
Want a website?
Don't just look for HTML experience, or simply check out the previous websites they've built.
Experience with tools like Squarespace, Wix, or WordPress should also be considered.
So you know what a tech savvy VA can do for you
And you know how to find one that suits your business to a T!
Sounds to me like you're ready to actually go about finding one!
Now it's over to you:
Which tech based task are you ready to scribble off your to-do list?
And are there any other virtual assistant savvies you need?