What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (also know for short as a VA), is an independent contractor who provides administrative, technical, and personal assistance to clients virtually. Clients tend to be entrepreneurs and other small business owners such as coaches, realtors, alternative healthcare practitioners, and more.
Virtual Assistants work from their own offices. Communication occurs via the phone, email, and fax machine. Think of a Virtual Assistant as your personal administrative assistant...they only work virtually.
A Virtual Assistant is more cost effective than an administrative assistant as you do not have to pay for their taxes, insurance, vacation or sick time, or other other benefits. A Virtual Assistant is a contractor NOT an employee.
A Virtual Assistant is similar to a business partner. They provide you with feedback, ideas, and help you implement them into your business (possibly in ways you didn't even think of). At the same time they maintain the boundary of an assistant and check in with you about the projects you assign.
Remember, Virtual Assistants are also small business owners and know what is involved in running a successful small business. If you know someone who has a Virtual Assistant, they'll often tell you that they couldn't do it without them.
What does a Virtual Assistant do?
Some Virtual Assistants specialize in specific tasks (i.e. bookkeeping or scheduling) while others do many different tasks. I consider myself to be very comprehensive in my services; however, I am also unique because I help business build and maintain websites. I specialize in helping businesses build a strong foundation for a successful business. For a list of sample services I provide click here.
How do I know if a Virtual Assistant is for me?
This is a great question! I've created a short assessment that can help you decide if you would benefit from the services of a Virtual Assistant. Click here to take it: Is a Virtual Assistant for You?
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