LOS ANGELES—You need more time, but there aren’t more hours in the day. What’s a busy entrepreneur to do? How about outsource some of your administrative work to a virtual assistant?

“Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you're starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary,” Entrepreneur magazine reports. “Entrepreneurs can use virtual assistants for everything from making vendor or customer service calls to sending out thank you cards to prospective clients.”

Entrepreneur magazine went on to outline 10 things entrepreneurs can outsource to a virtual assistant. I won’t offer them all here. Rather, I’ll serve up the top three that I’ve found, in my experience, to be the most appropriate tasks to hand off to a virtual assistant with whom you are just establishing a relationship. If you start with these three tasks and find that your virtual assistant can handle them with excellence, you can broaden the task list from here:

1. Online research: Entrepreneur says you can easily farm out Internet research to virtual assistants and I agree. It’s a good spot test for a virtual assistant. Although you need to offer clear guidelines around specific terms, acceptable sources, unacceptable sources, and they time allotted, outsourcing online research to a virtual assistant can be a good move.

2. Social media tasks: Creating a list of posts and having a virtual assistant post them in HootSuite can save you a lot of time.

3. Industry knowledge prep: With limited time to keep up with industry news, Entrepreneur says some small businesses have turned to virtual assistants to keep tabs on the most important happenings. If you need to stay abreast of the latest trends in your industry, a virtual assistant can aggregate what you need to know and present it in an easy-to-digest manner.

These are just a few of the things virtual assistants can  help you with, but this is a good place to start. So tap into the productivity power of a virtual assistant for the New Year. You’ll be glad you did.