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A Freelance Personal Assistant (PA) or Virtual Assistant (VA) can help you with various tasks in your business. Whether you’re looking for help with growth and marketing, or organisation and administration, a Virtual Assistant can provide you with a wealth of experience and support. 

But when you’re handing over tasks to a PA/VA, don’t forget to include research tasks too, because it’s one area a VA can really help you and your business develop and grow.

So if you’re wondering what type of research tasks a VA can manage on your behalf, here are ten ideas to get you started.

1 Project research tasks

Make sure you hand over project research to your VA. There’s so much they can cover here, but as a starting point, have them research your new project ideas and compile a report of their main findings and recommendations.

2 Client analysis and reports

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that client analysis is a crucial part of business growth. But compiling client data takes time, so have a clear idea of what you need to know and how your VA can help gather that data together for you.

3 Research tasks relating to market research 

Market research is another critical area for business growth. Your VA will help you gain insights into competitors, narrow down what accounts to follow, and research the best social media platforms to help you promote your business online.

4 Keyword research

Keyword research is an ongoing process for any online business, so ensure you’re not using your own time to complete it – hand it over to your VA!

5 Curated content ideas

With content, the creation or material is often the primary focus, but what about curation? Sharing useful and valuable information with your audience is a must, and your VA can help research content you can share, refer and link to, within your social media strategy.

6 Researching suppliers and providers 

All businesses will have a host of suppliers and providers on their books. Whether you’re looking for the best internet provider or want customised stationery, let your VA carry out research and help narrow down your most suitable options. 

7 Holiday and travel research

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, your VA can help here too. Have them research accommodation and travel options for you, as well as great deals to suit your budget.

Researching your target market, as well as website visitors and social media contacts, is an ongoing process. This is where surveys, interviews and automated feedback forms come in handy – so why not get your VA to create and run these for you?

9 Data collection and analysis

Data gathering is essential, but it can be boring and overwhelming too. So whether you’re looking to make sense of Google Analytics. or how successful your latest launch was, hand data collection and analysis-related tasks over to your VA.

10 Customer research and relationship management

There’s so much you can learn from your past clients, and it’s a task that should be an ongoing process. Your VA can help here too, as they can carry out reviews, create case studies and set up automated testimonial request emails for you. And if you want to have a snapshot of how well you’re doing, they can collect those statistics together for you too!

A Virtual Assistant can handle a range of different research tasks on your behalf. Not only will this save you time and effort, but it will also enable you to focus on those things that are working, in order to help your business grow. 

If you’re looking for a suitable PA or VA to manage this all for you, why not get in touch? I can help make your life easier by providing you with the administrative support you need. So reach out and let’s talk. We can find out if we’re a good fit for each other and discuss possible next steps – simply drop me an email: Hello@wittsendbusinessservices.co.uk