A Virtual Assistant (or simply VA), is an independent contractor providing administrative, technical, or sometimes creative assistance to clients–usually to other independent entrepreneurs and solo and small business practices, such as that of a lawyer or realtor. Virtual assistants work from their own office (hence “virtual”), thus making it a fairly popular (and growing) profession. It is estimated that there are about 5,000-8,000 virtual assistants worldwide. Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and fax machine. Although the occupation gives a degree of independence, work is on a contractual basis, and a long-lasting cooperation is standard. Typically 5 years of administrative experience in an office is expected at such positions as executive assistant, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, real estate assistant, office manager, etc.
My own definition for a Virtual Assistant is someone who can support you in doing your business activities, doing all secretarial and administrative jobs for you virtually, someone who is not by your side physically but available at the right time.
As we are now living in a very fast paced environment, where quality of work is more important than just quantity, hence, we are demanded to move fast, think fast, get everything done in the quickest way.
Many of business people are sticked in deadly schedules everyday, and so many times, we don’t find any chance to do simple things in doing business, such as; calling up customers, sending & replying emails, follow up orders, typing, filling, researching, etc.
Hiring a full time or permanent assistant would be a great option to solve the problems. Yet, not everybody feel comfortable with this idea, or feel not ready to recruit permanent employee for some reasons (office setting up, utilities & equipments, etc).
In this case, hiring a VA could be the best answer. VA doesn’t have to be with you all the time, but at the right time.
You can be more concentrate on the big things for your business, while VA can do all the simple things for you.
Get rid out of the hassle, and hire a VA for you now !