3 Example VA Tasks For You to Try

3 example Virtual Assistant tasks for you to try

Although the types of tasks you’ll be given will obviously vary depending on what your services are and what your clients do for a living, I thought it might be a good idea to provide three different examples so you can get a basic idea of what to expect. These are not unusual tasks and cover the main areas of research, data entry, collation and attention to detail.

Example VA tasks

(Please read all the instructions carefully)

Below is the download button for an Excel spreadsheet which has a tab for each of the tasks.

Spreadsheet

  • Click the pink button above to download the spreadsheet to your computer
  • Enter the required information for each task in the relevant tab
  • If you’re not comfortable with a task then just leave it
  • Email the spreadsheet to me at jtmunro@hotmail.co.uk when you’ve finished

Task 1 – Excel data sorting

a) On tab one of the spreadsheet is a list of companies and contact names
b) Data sort the spreadsheet in alphabetical order by company name
c) Highlight the cell of any duplicate company names in yellow
d) Google ‘how to sort data in an Excel doc’ if you’re not sure how to do this

Task 2 – Online research

a) Go to the book department on Amazon
b) Find the top best sellers in the History category
c) List the names of the top five books along with the publisher on the second tab in the spreadsheet

Task 3- Proofreading

There are five mistakes in the paragraph below:

“When Apple launched its first iPhone in 2007, it didn’t dissappoint. In fact, it immediately captured the collective imagination with a geeky allure driven by Apples slick design, the phone’s smart flexibilty and it’s inovative multi-touch approach.”

a) Find the mistakes
b) List them on tab three of your spreadsheet
c) Then email the completed spreadsheet to me at jtmunro@hotmail.co.uk
d) Sit back and relax then make a cup of coffee/tea in return for all your hard work

Don’t do any of the three tasks I’ve given you.
Now click here to find out why I’ve done this.

10 Comments

Deborah Northcutt

Ok I am guilty. I did read all the way down to the bottom of this task but the line that says do not do any of these tasks went right over my head. I am glad that this was a test and it let’s me know to pay better attention going forward.

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Haley N Smith

Grrrr. I’m so mad I didn’t just read the whole thing. I kind of assumed, because the website is so helpful, that this would be an actual thing. So, I didn’t anticipate that there would be some kind of catch to it. However, I get the point. Read through everything completely: assignments, contracts, whatever. A lot is dependent upon our full understanding of the tasks we under take. If this was an actual assignment, then I’d have failed.

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Joanne Munro

Hi Haley, then that’s good because you will know to pay 100% attention when you come to doing client work! You can never assume the client isn’t going to write something really confusing at the bottom of their instructions that may require you to query the whole task. Clients can be unpredictable! x

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Shaye Bomar

Haha good one! The most important thing we have to learn is how to follow the complete instructions and that requires taking the time to read all the way through. I almost did it.

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Kim Staley

Very funny! I did the first task and half of the second task. Then I said, this is easy, why is she asking us to do this? Then I read all the way through and saw the instructions to not do any of it and clicked on the link to find out why you did it. Good one!

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Justine

I have seen this before but actually think it is slightly misleading because you say please read instructions carefully. As it is split into separate tasks you can tackle them independently ensuring you read instructions as you go along carefully. No indication is given prior to commencement that you need to read ALL instructions FIRST just to read them carefully. I think therefore this is a good lesson to show how those givings you tasks don’t provide all or correct information to begin so you need to be aware of that but i don’t think it shows you haven’t paid attention if you read the instructions carefully as you go along. Thats how i see it but obviously this is just my opinion.

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Joanne Munro

you are correct in saying that a client’s instructions need to be read carefully before you start because people often see what they expect to see. I wanted to show what it’s like to see instructions as a VA so they are deliberately misleading. It’s a VA’s actual job to not be caught out by this stuff! A client is never going to tell you to read all their instructions first – which is why I didn’t. x

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