What is a Virtual Assistant?

I often hear the question ‘You do what?’ So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain more about what a Virtual Assistant does.

A Virtual Assistant is essentially an administrative consultant: a partner who can multitask and get things done for you, but who is also available to advise you about tweaking your business so that it is more organized and efficient. If you own or manage a business, but find that you are spinning your wheels in the sand each month trying to get all the administrative details done, enter the VA. Since VAs provide services remotely and only when you need them, you WILL save time and money.

Your virtual assistant will partner with you in these areas:
•   Email support
•   Calendar management
•   Appointment setting
•   Database support
•   Social media support
•   Software advice
•   Technology advice
•   Smartphone setup
•   Web development
•   Internet research
•   Data entry
•   Automation
•   Streamlining
•   Video editing
•   Proofreading
•   Ghost writing
•   Graphic design
•   Liaison for clients or with other businesses
•   Correspondence
•   Speaking engagements
•   Blogging
•   Transcription
•   Bookkeeping

This list is by no means exhaustive! Any administrative work that can be done remotely can be done by a virtual assistant. Working with someone remotely may take some getting used to, but soon you will not remember what life was like without a virtual assistant.

A virtual assistant is also the ideal solution for businesses that need full- or part-time office assistant but don’t want to pay for office space, furniture, computers, coffee breaks, benefits, taxes and vacation? With virtual assistant services, you’ll pay a flat rate regardless of how long the work actually takes.

Whew! Seriously? You ask! That’s right! The benefits are too many to count. A virtual assistant is THE solution for small business office management.

Have you used a virtual assistant? If so, what has your experience been?

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