Delegating tasks in a busy real estate practice helps maintain your sanity. Maybe you aren’t at the point where you need fulltime help but there are those extra-busy periods when you wish you could hand off some of those tasks that seem to take a big bite out of your day. Virtual workers may be something you want to consider.
Virtual workers can help with bookkeeping, web development, marketing, data entry, writing, and more. Most of the virtual assistant firms you find on the Internet are generalist firms, meaning they provide their services to any type of small business. There are, luckily, some that devote their services to the real estate and mortgage industries, such as Creative Agent Solutions and Real Support. These companies offer more value to the agent by offering listing coordination and other services specific to the real estate industry.
Sometimes, the occasional task pops up that you either don’t have time to attend to (blogging, for instance) or have no idea how to handle (graphics for your website). This is where oDesk.com, the supermarket of virtual workers, comes in handy. At oDesk, and similar sites, you can hire writers, programmers, graphic artists, virtual assistants and more – for a day, a week, or indefinitely. Because the site maintains a global network of contractors, fees tend to be competitive.
If you’re new to ActiveRain you’ve probably noticed how willing our members are to share their knowledge and help one another learn. One of our RainMakers calls it “Sharing the Joy of ActiveRain.”
So, go ahead and share – spread that joy all over this page. We’d like to hear about your experiences with virtual workers, the good and the bad.