The Many Specialties of Virtual Assistants
More often than not, Virtual Assistants (VA) are categorized and grouped together as though we are one in the same and specialize in the same fields. When in actuality, that’s the furthest from the truth. VA’s are some of the most diverse specialists in the world.
Changing those misconceptions will allow more businesses to see the many benefits and financial value of utilizing VA services. Below are some of the fields VA specializes in.
Virtual Administrative Assistant: When a person thinks of a VA, this is what comes to mind. The VA Administrative is an administrative assistant just like you would have in your office, only virtual (and cheaper). • Administrative VA’s are sometimes the first point of contact for your business
• Organize and maintain your calendar for meetings and appointments
• Respond to calls, emails, messages
• Make travel arrangements
• Create algorithm and/ or business spreadsheet
• Provide data entry
Social Media VA: VA’s specialize in social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Running a business is a daunting task in itself. This requires absolute attention to all details. But, you can only be in one place at a time. This is where a Virtual Assistant that specializes in social media comes in handy.
Update your social accounts
Reply to messages and/ or questions
Marketing and follow-up on leads
Identify your target audience
Medical/Behavioral Health VA: VA's typically have in-depth knowledge and experience in the healthcare and/ or behavioral health field. The VA's are a huge asset ranging from solo practices to multi-provider practices.
Manage the medical and/ or behavioral health billing and/ or coding
Collections for outstanding account receivables
Complete credentialing and re-credentialing for facility and providers
Maintain patient appointments
Verify patient insurance eligibility
Stay updated with insurance, billing or coding changes
Maintains HIPAA compliance for the facility and/ or provider(s)
Real Estate VA: Real Estate agents are great with multitasking, but why juggle 20 projects alone when you can have a VA that specializes in Real Estate, assisting you?!
Data entry of clients and prospective clients information
Telemarketing, sometimes cold calling prospects can benefit your business from a marketing standpoint (just don’t call during dinner time)
Create or update contracts
Calendar maintenance to ensure you have time to meet a client or prospective client
Manage emails and respond to inquiries
Accounting / Bookkeeping VA: These VAs ensure payments are made accurately and on time, as well as ensuring you’re being paid on time and accurately. They are your financial eyes and ears in regards to finances, so you can concentrate on running your business.
Manage accounts payables and receivables revenue
Manage and stay up to date with the tax laws
Manage and track credit card payments, invoices and banking transactions
Virtual Assistants are becoming the new-norm in today's society. Covid had a profound effect on everyone, including businesses. Some businesses had to let go many employees or closed their businesses. Once we were able to get back to work, people became afraid to leave their homes or businesses couldn't afford to bring on staff. So, they turned to Virtual Assistants.
Virtual Assistants specialize in so many fields that there's literally one for every type of business. With technology, you can literally have a VA in every country to represent your business in parts of the world you never had access to before.
With so many positive reasons to utilize Virtual Assistant services, what's the reason why you haven't hired a VA? Hmmmmmm... good question! 😉
Take care. Until we meet again....