What Is A Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants, commonly known as VAs are highly skilled entrepreneurs
able to impact the productivity of their clients. They used to be called
secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants or bookkeepers
and work exclusively for one client from 9 to 5. With the introduction of new
technologies, more and more professionals are working from their homes
or in satellite offices. The same changes happened to the now called
“Virtual Assistants”.

Taking advantage of the new technologies, the Virtual Assistants, VAs, help
you manage your company or your personal life without being present in
your office. They can prepare reports, make plane reservations, remind you
and set up meetings, answer phones, filter e-mails, and type. They can take
care of your word processing, data entry, prepare power point presentations
and run you office virtually.

Benefits of Using a VA

There are many benefits to outsourcing in today's economy. Most
companies, at this time, do not have the budget for payroll and benefits for
needed staff. Existing personnel are being asked to do more. Outsourcing is
a way to get your company's necessary office work done. You get quality,
professional support without paying for:

  • Payroll taxes and benefits
  • Temporary employment agency fees. We can be your "permanent"
  • Outlay of revenue for company equipment and software
  • Additional office space
  • Sick time, holidays, vacations, and down time. You only pay for the
    time it takes to complete your project.

Ways to Use a VA

  • You need to prepare a policy and procedure manual or a training
    manual. The notes are typed in draft form and need to be formatted.
    The notes can be faxed or emailed to the VA to type. The VA can
    return the finished manual via email, mail you a copy on a disk, or
    print the manual and mail a hard copy.

  • You are preparing an awards ceremony for the annual company
    meeting and need award certificates. A VA can design and prepare
    certificates and may use pre-designed paper stock, client provided
    art, seals, etc.

  • You need to confirm sales appointments made for the week. The list
    is emailed or faxed to the VA. The VA calls the appointments and
    notes who is confirmed and who must be rescheduled. The list is
    emailed or faxed back to you.
Virtual Assistance