What are Good Tasks to Hire Virtual Assistants for?

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Hello, Warriors.

I'm a successful internet marketer looking to outsource and scale my business. I already have one virtual assistant I give random tasks to.

My question is this:

Can you share 3-5 tasks that a blogger, affiliate marketer or internet marketer might hire a virtual assistant for?

Any input would really be appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      [quote=Rixil;11410036]well, you can try one of these :
      1. Sort your email so you can finally try to reach the elusive Inbox
      2. Answer your phone and deal with telemarketers for you.
      3. Take messages while you're away from your desk.
      4. Coordinate team projects to ensure milestones are being met.

      check this article for more ideas, hopefully it will help
      good luck <3
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      Never thought about hiring a VA to sort my emails. I do get a bunch every single day, so that might be a great option. I'm going to test this out. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetMan
    Hi Chuck

    Internet marketing is a vast area, so it depends on what you are doing, and what you are willing to leave to someone else to do.

    I've, and I'm hiring for several tasks:
    - Mounting WP websites
    - Posting and formatting content
    - Accomplishing tasks required by certain marketing tools
    - Market research and reporting
    - Graphics creation
    - Keyword research
    - Writing content
    - Webmastering web assets
    - etc...

    Anything can be outsourced, apparently, even admin tasks but personally I've not experimented that part, yet.

    Regards,
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by NetMan View Post

      Hi Chuck

      Internet marketing is a vast area, so it depends on what you are doing, and what you are willing to leave to someone else to do.

      I've, and I'm hiring for several tasks:
      - Mounting WP websites
      - Posting and formatting content
      - Accomplishing tasks required by certain marketing tools
      - Market research and reporting
      - Graphics creation
      - Keyword research
      - Writing content
      - Webmastering web assets
      - etc...

      Anything can be outsourced, apparently, even admin tasks but personally I've not experimented that part, yet.

      Regards,
      Andy
      Thanks Andy. I'm going to try out:

      - Posting and formatting content
      - Accomplishing tasks required by certain marketing tools
      - Market research and reporting
      - Graphics creation
      - Writing content

      All great tips. I'll give an update later on and let everyone know how it's going with those things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnarcher
    Chuck,

    Ron Legrand says "The less I do, the more I make". Anything that keeps you from actually making you money, assign to a VA. How about making a list that starts with the things you absolutely HATE doing. You can certainly pay them by the task of the hour.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Johnarcher View Post

      Chuck,

      Ron Legrand says "The less I do, the more I make". Anything that keeps you from actually making you money, assign to a VA. How about making a list that starts with the things you absolutely HATE doing. You can certainly pay them by the task of the hour.
      Great wisdom. I do so many things in a day, most of which I hate. I guess I need to start outsourcing more and more of those tasks. I'm going to take an hour today and write down everything I do and complete my list. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrewsfm
    Writing emails probably and then scheduling them as broadcasts, automated income!
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  • Profile picture of the author ctrlaltdelete
    I've got a VA from Onlinejobsph working for me right now and these are some of the tasks she's been doing for me:

    - manage my social media accounts
    - interact and post content
    - give me page insight reports
    - Answer the simpler inquiries on my inbox
    - write content


    Basically anything I don't have the time for, I have her do it.Graphics and video editing aren't her strong suits though, so I just hire another extra hand if I do need a fancier image or video done that I can't do myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by ctrlaltdelete View Post

      I've got a VA from Onlinejobsph working for me right now and these are some of the tasks she's been doing for me:

      - manage my social media accounts
      - interact and post content
      - give me page insight reports
      - Answer the simpler inquiries on my inbox
      - write content


      Basically anything I don't have the time for, I have her do it.Graphics and video editing aren't her strong suits though, so I just hire another extra hand if I do need a fancier image or video done that I can't do myself.
      Thanks for sharing. Did you have to hire a bunch of different VAs until you found one you were comfortable with, or was the first one you hired a good fit?
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    • Profile picture of the author NetMan
      Originally Posted by Johnarcher View Post

      Chuck,

      Ron Legrand says "The less I do, the more I make". Anything that keeps you from actually making you money, assign to a VA. How about making a list that starts with the things you absolutely HATE doing. You can certainly pay them by the task of the hour.
      YES... a good insight that should help anyone to define the "WHAT" to start with...
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      Basically anything I don't have the time for, I have her do it.Graphics and video editing aren't her strong suits though, so I just hire another extra hand if I do need a fancier image or video done that I can't do myself.
      Also, another good one to help define the WHAT...

      Regards,
      Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author redone111
    There many tasks can outsource from VA



    can be


    - Content Creation
    - Design (Here i mean all from ebooks to infographic .Post images and so more)
    - Social Media Manager
    - Ads Manager for all ads platforms
    - WP Developer
    - SEO expert
    and so more


    Wish this help little
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  • Profile picture of the author Pdomain
    Most of the tasks can be automated excluding content writing, email reply, graphic design etc...

    Learning AHK will also help a lot to automate the task!
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    Thanks to everyone, I am now hiring people to do:

    1. Custom images
    2. Reply to blog comments
    3. Leave blog comments
    4. Update old blog posts

    I appreciate everyone's insights. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

    Can you share 3-5 tasks that a blogger, affiliate marketer or internet marketer might hire a virtual assistant for?
    1) Content proofreading

    2) Email formatting

    3) Replying to emails
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  • You can also have your VA break down your most popular blog posts and turn it into slides. You can post the slides or turn them into simple slide videos.
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    Social media accounts manage.
    Article proofreading.
    Content writing or content management.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    I did the research myself for this awhile ago and here are the two best articles I found on the topic of what to have assistants do:

    ARTICLE 1
    https://www.inc.com/david-finkel/10-...less-time.html


    ARTICLE 2
    PERSONAL ASSISTANT DUTIES AND ATTRIBUTES


    Also I recommend this video, which will help guide your choices of what tasks to have them take over, and in what order:


    Finally, based on a zillion years of experience, one major thing I recommend an assistant for (especially powerful for the co-founder of the previous business I ran, though it took him ages to get used to the idea and take action on it): have this person follow you around, write down all the ideas you come up with, follow up with other people, remind you of your calendar, and basically manage you by giving you structure.

    I don't know how many great ideas have been lost because founders are so busy they simply forget about them. My previous co-founder and I would find spreadsheets we'd made 6 months ago in Google Team Drive and look at each other--"What the heck is this?" Like Gandalf in Moria: "I have no memory of this place." The pace of business is extremely fast and we all move on quickly. Having that extra brain around to keep track of all this stuff is a huge help. Of course, you are going to need a special kind of person. Maybe you don't start them at 40 hours a week. Maybe you have them in one day a week. But I guarantee it'll help.

    Most founders are so sloppy they dash from place to place, firefighting, and don't finish anything well. It's so easy to get off into the weeds. This kind of assistant can keep you on track instead.

    Have you written down the processes for your business, or at least made video walkthroughs of them, so they're easy to pick up? (Nearly all businesses have not.)
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      I did the research myself for this awhile ago and here are the two best articles I found on the topic of what to have assistants do:

      ARTICLE 1
      https://www.inc.com/david-finkel/10-...less-time.html


      ARTICLE 2
      PERSONAL ASSISTANT DUTIES AND ATTRIBUTES


      Also I recommend this video, which will help guide your choices of what tasks to have them take over, and in what order:

      How to grow a business - The 5 things you need to stop doing yourself - YouTube

      Finally, based on a zillion years of experience, one major thing I recommend an assistant for (especially powerful for the co-founder of the previous business I ran, though it took him ages to get used to the idea and take action on it): have this person follow you around, write down all the ideas you come up with, follow up with other people, remind you of your calendar, and basically manage you by giving you structure.

      I don't know how many great ideas have been lost because founders are so busy they simply forget about them. My previous co-founder and I would find spreadsheets we'd made 6 months ago in Google Team Drive and look at each other--"What the heck is this?" Like Gandalf in Moria: "I have no memory of this place." The pace of business is extremely fast and we all move on quickly. Having that extra brain around to keep track of all this stuff is a huge help. Of course, you are going to need a special kind of person. Maybe you don't start them at 40 hours a week. Maybe you have them in one day a week. But I guarantee it'll help.

      Most founders are so sloppy they dash from place to place, firefighting, and don't finish anything well. It's so easy to get off into the weeds. This kind of assistant can keep you on track instead.

      Have you written down the processes for your business, or at least made video walkthroughs of them, so they're easy to pick up? (Nearly all businesses have not.)
      Great great response. Thanks. As entrepreneurs, many of us are idea people. What I'm going to do for the next week is write down all of the tasks I do on a daily basis to grow my business and then determine what I should keep doing, stop doing and start delegating. Thanks for sharing the video and articles as well. I found them really helpful.
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    • Profile picture of the author NetMan
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      I did the research myself for this awhile ago and here are the two best articles I found on the topic of what to have assistants do:

      ARTICLE 1
      https://www.inc.com/david-finkel/10-...less-time.html

      ARTICLE 2
      PERSONAL ASSISTANT DUTIES AND ATTRIBUTES

      Also I recommend this video, which will help guide your choices of what tasks to have them take over, and in what order:

      How to grow a business - The 5 things you need to stop doing yourself - YouTube

      ...
      Awesome share mate, many thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

    Can you share 3-5 tasks that a blogger, affiliate marketer or internet marketer might hire a virtual assistant for?



    A VA make sense for:
    • Any "must do" task that you can't technically perform yourself
    • Any tasks that take you longer to accomplish than it takes your VA
    • Any tasks that you don't like doing that a VA can do adequately
    • Repetitive, daily execution chores that a VA can handle well
    • Tasks that you know need to be done, but you procrastinate
    • Tasks that cause you stress, anxiety, ulcers, or swearing
    You are the business. You are what makes your Internet business unique. As a result, I would suggest you reserve for yourself any tasks that you do to make your brand outstanding, one-of-a-kind, and a reflection of your unique qualities.


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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      You are the business. You are what makes your Internet business unique. As a result, I would suggest you reserve for yourself any tasks that you do to make your brand outstanding, one-of-a-kind, and a reflection of your unique qualities.


      Steve
      That's exactly how I feel. The major issue I have with outsourcing is the quality. Sometimes, I feel like I lose my own voice when others do work for me. That being said, I'm so busy not that I can't do everything by myself. Sometimes letting go, and accepting "good enough" over "I can do it myself better" is easier said than done.
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  • Profile picture of the author SyntacticsInc
    Hey, there Chuck!

    There are various tasks that a virtual assistant can be hired for such as:

    1. Social media management - Many individuals now use social media applications to stay updated. However, updating multiple accounts can be hard especially when you're running your business at the same time. Virtual assistants can then schedule posting the updates for all of your social media accounts.
    2. Replying and sorting emails - VAs can be tasked to organize and sort which emails should be replied to ASAP, which should be prioritized, and which are spam.
    3. Content creation - Content varies from blogs, articles, images, and captions to be posted on guest blogs, related websites, and social media pages.
    4. Web design and development - VAs with this skill can create innovative, appealing, informative, and functional websites where visitors can learn more about your products and possibly avail of them.
    5. Researching - Information to be researched on can range from competitors, current trends, to keywords.

    If you find that you need more virtual assistants for your business, there are agencies where you can hire a social media virtual assistant who can also create graphics, content, and who can do web design and web development in the Philippines.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by SyntacticsInc View Post

      Hey, there Chuck!

      There are various tasks that a virtual assistant can be hired for such as:

      1. Social media management - Many individuals now use social media applications to stay updated. However, updating multiple accounts can be hard especially when you're running your business at the same time. Virtual assistants can then schedule posting the updates for all of your social media accounts.
      2. Replying and sorting emails - VAs can be tasked to organize and sort which emails should be replied to ASAP, which should be prioritized, and which are spam.
      3. Content creation - Content varies from blogs, articles, images, and captions to be posted on guest blogs, related websites, and social media pages.
      4. Web design and development - VAs with this skill can create innovative, appealing, informative, and functional websites where visitors can learn more about your products and possibly avail of them.
      5. Researching - Information to be researched on can range from competitors, current trends, to keywords.

      If you find that you need more virtual assistants for your business, there are agencies where you can hire a social media virtual assistant who can also create graphics, content, and who can do web design and web development in the Philippines.
      I definitely need to hire some more virtual assistants. I will hire some folks in the Philippines and see how that goes. The biggest thing I need to find is having people turn my content into PPT presentations. Any suggestions on that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
    Anything that doesn't require the input of your personality.

    i.e. If you want to build relationships (writing, recording, video) with potential subscribers and clients, a VA cannot "be" you, you have to be you.
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  • Profile picture of the author hanandaner
    It mostly depends on your need and how your day to day work looks like. I normally get 80% of routine work outsourced to VAs. The key is to understand whether outsourcing the work would result in decrease in quality produced. If some of the key things needs your presence - do that.

    As suggested by other warriors, you can outsource routine tasks like social media management, outreach campaign running, graphics design, email communication, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    Go to phiipinos, they're good and loyal.

    What are the tasks? it depends:

    from the advertising campaigns, to the blog posts...


    It depends on how your business is structured
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  • Profile picture of the author Dracklyn
    Hi Chuck,

    I will tell you from experience is not really advisable to have one VA do all your task except you run a very small business which I don't think Internet marketing is.

    Ascertain all the task you need to complete to achieve success in your internet business and choose the critical ones only you can complete proficiently. The remaining tasks should be assigned to your VA but since one VA is not advisable for a business like yours you'll need some more VAs. The number depends on your pocket and number of tasks. I will advise you hire some on hourly some part-time and some by contract.

    Managing a team of VAs might seem a little difficult but with team management software like Trello, everything should be easier. you can easily organise your team and disseminate Jobs to your team members and get alerts when is done or available for review.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Dracklyn
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Virtual assistants can also be good for CONSUMER INTELLIGENCE gathering

    How?

    Do metacrowdsourcing using a VA

    Forums, LinkedIn, and Quora are good places for this
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  • I think if you don't have much time to do basic work like excel sheet managing, reporting etc you can hire a VA.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I've expanded my VA help to the following:
    • Replying to blog comments
    • Leaving blog comments
    • Creating PowerPoint Slides
    • Creating Banner ads
    • Editing audio and podcasts
    • Editing old blog posts
    • Helping with Facebook

    Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I'm just starting to realize how much more I can outsource and free up even more of my time for more important tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulLanders
    I think the best assignments will concern exactly your area and what your office is doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author manolo2
    Hey there,


    I use a virtual assistant for my Bing marketing. I have already learnt how to get traffic using Bing so I can advise him exactly what to do. I think that you should use a virtual assistant for jobs that you have done and now can outsource because that way you know if they are doing a good job
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by manolo2 View Post

      Hey there,


      I use a virtual assistant for my Bing marketing. I have already learnt how to get traffic using Bing so I can advise him exactly what to do. I think that you should use a virtual assistant for jobs that you have done and now can outsource because that way you know if they are doing a good job
      Good points. I am on a mission to outsource 100% of all my work. I hope to be there within 90 days. The biggest struggle will be having a project manager to oversee everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Renatas Budrys
    I hire virtual assistant for my ebay droppshiping business, currently happy with their service
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    I don't like to use virtual assistants but I've had excellent results over the years by hiring students (Business Admin majors) part time or as interns from local universities. I even have a full time general manager and office managers now who once worked for me as undergrads. Generally, junior or senior students especially are more seasoned, goal-oriented and reliable.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      I don't like to use virtual assistants but I've had excellent results over the years by hiring students (Business Admin majors) part time or as interns from local universities. I even have a full time general manager and office managers now who once worked for me as undergrads. Generally, junior or senior students especially are more seasoned, goal-oriented and reliable.
      Were the fees that you paid your students comparable to what you would pay an overseas virtual assistant? Was the ROI still worth it? Just curious. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    Writing articles, e-books and graphics as in banners, ecovers and sourcing for royality free images.

    I have a tool that does it so I haven't done much outsourcing so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obermair
    Managing Blog Publishing, Content / Blog Post Creation, Research & Creation of Facebook Posts, Landing Page Set-up/Creation, and so much more!

    btw - I used to have a VA to do video and audio transcripts. But the tools are getting better. I found a tool called Otter.ai - drag and drop your video and the transcript shows up!
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Obermair View Post

      Managing Blog Publishing, Content / Blog Post Creation, Research & Creation of Facebook Posts, Landing Page Set-up/Creation, and so much more!

      btw - I used to have a VA to do video and audio transcripts. But the tools are getting better. I found a tool called Otter.ai - drag and drop your video and the transcript shows up!
      Awesome. Yes, tools keep getting better and cheaper and allow us to do more things ourselves. The real question we need to ask ourselves, even though we could do it is: "should we do it?"
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      • Profile picture of the author PPG19
        You should outsource the tasks that you are currently doing yourself, the ones that are time consuming but vital to the correct operation of your business. In this way you can teach your VA your methods and you can focus on the important things of your business like making sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Mallo
    My boss hired me to do a task that he cannot do because he's too busy, I been working for him for 5 yrs, so far we have a good good relation as we have a systematic way to do task

    My boss ask me to do the following:
    1. i train new VA for him, I also do the interview and discuss everything
    2. I do the editing, video and picture editing, I master DaVince because of my job
    3. I manage social medias, websites
    4. I check emails and do data entry as well

    There are many task but I enjoy it so much, I am able to learn things little by little.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Nico Mallo View Post

      My boss hired me to do a task that he cannot do because he's too busy, I been working for him for 5 yrs, so far we have a good good relation as we have a systematic way to do task

      My boss ask me to do the following:
      1. i train new VA for him, I also do the interview and discuss everything
      2. I do the editing, video and picture editing, I master DaVince because of my job
      3. I manage social medias, websites
      4. I check emails and do data entry as well

      There are many task but I enjoy it so much, I am able to learn things little by little.
      That's really good NICO. I'm going to follow some of your advice and start hiring people to do my social media. I also need people to leave blog comments and reply to blog comments.

      What type of data entry do you do?
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  • Profile picture of the author dioni
    If you have a blog:

    1) Check comment, delete spam, write comment's replies
    2) Promote your posts in social networks, maybe teach him/her to use some tools for that
    3) Perform research for your next articles ideas, look for images, videos

    Marketing tasks:
    1) Give her a template and instruct her how to look for prospects and send those emails (personalized, not spammy). Then tell her to create a spreadsheet with positive answers for you to follow up
    2) Create brief reports on the competition
    3) Create a Google alarm with your brand name / topic and she needs to select the most important stories and send them to you

    My 2 cents
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by dioni View Post

      If you have a blog:

      1) Check comment, delete spam, write comment's replies
      2) Promote your posts in social networks, maybe teach him/her to use some tools for that
      3) Perform research for your next articles ideas, look for images, videos

      Marketing tasks:
      1) Give her a template and instruct her how to look for prospects and send those emails (personalized, not spammy). Then tell her to create a spreadsheet with positive answers for you to follow up
      2) Create brief reports on the competition
      3) Create a Google alarm with your brand name / topic and she needs to select the most important stories and send them to you

      My 2 cents
      All great ideas. I really like the idea about the Google Alarm. I have never heard of that before. I will have my VA check it out today. Thanks again.
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