“Virtual Assistants (“VAs”) are independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
~ International Virtual Assistant Association
Virtual Assistants are highly-skilled entrepreneurs who perform a wide range of administrative, creative, technical, and other business services. In addition, they develop collaborative relationships with their clients. It’s about partnering with clients in order to represent them and their business from any distance.
“Virtual” refers to the method of providing services, not the services themselves. A Virtual Assistant will assist you remotely from a home office and correspond with you via telephone, email, internet video conferencing, and online workspaces. They use their own computer and software.
An important distinction to make is that Virtual Assistants are not employees – they are business owners, just like you.
Your VA will get to know you, how you work and will look at the “big picture” of your business – where you are, and where you want to go. They essentially become a virtual partner, handling tasks that would otherwise prevent you from doing what you need to do to expand and build your business.
Your VA can handle all that stuff that drives you crazy and free you up to work ON your business rather than IN it.
Delegating the tasks that are necessary for the growth of your business, but which keep piling up because you just don’t have time for them, will help eliminate stress, ease your workload, and increase your efficiency.
Bonuses: Hiring a VA reduces your environmental impact (no daily commuting to and from the office), allows for low-cost expansion with no long-term commitments, and eliminates the burdens of payroll expenses, vacation and sick days, maternity leave, etc. This keeps your office expenses low and eliminates the need to provide office space, supplies, and equipment. All of this boils down to huge cost savings, and you’re only paying for the actual work completed.