A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly skilled administrative professional with years of experience and a mixture of skills and talents. Because VA's are an independent contractor, you'll receive the benefits of an assistant, without the expense of an employee.
A VA is just like an executive assistant, secretary or personal assistant...with the exception that they handle your affairs from a distance "virtually" through internet, email, fax, phone or mail. A VA can be a permanent or temporary staffing solution that works from a remote location. Another way to view it is...They provide support, across the board (not with just one specific function or task), in long-term and collaborative relationships (no matter how short or ongoing that may be) without being geographically present in the client's location. Therefore a VA can fit your staffing or business needs...whenever...and only...when you need them.
There are a variety of services that a VA can offer their client. What makes a VA isn't that the services they provide are at a distance from their clients, nor the fact that they obtained their skills and knowledge from working in the corporate field. What makes a VA is that the services they provide are a wide range of administrative services and the fact that they provide multiple functions or tasks for their clients; not just one. Here are just a few examples of services that can be combined for your VA to perform:
Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Event Planning, Executive Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Personal Assistant, Receptionist, Technology Assistant, Travel Planning
- While the VA industry has been in existence since the 1980's; it has only recently became more mainstream. VA's are considered the "secretarial pool" of this century. The knowledge of how a VA can help your business has risen due to their national exposure in TIM, The Today Show, USA Today and BusinessWeek.
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