What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)?
A Virtual Assistant, often abbreviated to VA, is a highly skilled, independent contractor who provides professional administrative, technical or creative support services to other businesses from a remote location (usually a home-based office).
People often perceive a VA as a Secretarial service, this is not so, VA’s are skilled administrative support consultants, that come from diverse business backgrounds, providing a wide range of services to meet their client’s specific needs.
Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, online workspaces, email, and phone call conferences. There are a wide range of collaboration tools, from instant messaging to video conferencing, these allow the exchange of information between the VA and Client.
VA’s do not manage the client’s business, they offer support and advice, the client is responsible for the management, success or failure of their business.
Who would work with a Virtual Assistant?
From Individuals, Entrepreneurs, Small to medium businesses, to Non-Profit Organisations, essentially any business or person that requires assistance that can be accomplished virtually.
When would you need a Virtual Assistant?
When you no longer have time to manage your business effectively as you are preoccupied with the smaller tasks that need to be completed.
When you are slowed down by many routine tasks that need to be completed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
When you no longer have a work-life balance, there are not enough hours in the day to complete everything thus having no time for anything else.
When you need help but hiring a new employee is not an option due to the costs, overheads and office space that is needed.