What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? How do I work with a VA? What are the benefits of working with a VA? Great questions I’m asked on a regular basis at local networking functions or online. Let’s take a look, shall we.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_assistant
A VA is a person who supports a client, across the board, administratively and personally without being geographically present in the client’s location.
AssistU – www.assistu.com
Accredited Virtual Assistance (AVA) provides administrative & executive support services together with social media strategy, setup, training & management for small to medium sized businesses.
Jackie de Boer
What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Virtual Assistants offer a range of services from general administrative tasks to specialized services such as website development, real estate assistant, legal assistant etc. Here at AVA, we offer general administrative office support, with a specialization in social media strategy, setup, training and management. Please see our business solutions for more information relating to Virtual Assistant Support and Social Media Services.
How Do I Work with a Virtual Assistant?
We’re called “Virtual” Assistants because we work remotely, generally in a home based office equipped with the latest technology. Clients communicate with us and transmit projects through the internet, intranet, digital voice files, email, fax, phone, Skype, overnight mail and even, on occasions, the good old US Mail.
Clients may choose to work with us on an hourly basis, per project or through a monthly retainer plan.
What Types of Businesses can a Virtual Assistant Help?
Most VA’s work with solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and small to mid-sized business. Some will specialize in a specific industry such as real estate, law or publishing. To give you an idea of businesses we’ve assisted at AVA, I put together a sample of our clients, as you can see there’s a broad range.
What are the Benefits of Working with a Virtual Assistant?
Unlike an employee, a VA works with you on an as needed basis; you pay only for the time spent on your task without wasted ‘water cooler’ time, or overheads such as employee benefits, office space or equipment.
We all have those tasks we procrastinate about, don’t we. They may be an important part of your business, but you just can’t do it all, there’s not enough time, you may not have the skill or efficiency, or perhaps you dislike certain tasks.
By taking care of these tasks, a VA can give you more time in your day to:
- Build your core business
- Find and develop new opportunities
- Increase profits
- Achieve greater work/life balance
- Spend with family and friends
I hope this has answered the questions: What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? How do I work with a VA? What are the benefits of working with a VA?.
If you’re interested in learning how a VA can help your particular business, please feel free to hop on over to Get In Touch to set up a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation, to chat about your business, and whether a VA would be a good solution for your needs.
In the meantime, I’d love to know, what are the Top 3 business tasks you’d outsource?