What is a Virtual Assistant (VA) ?

I recently joined a very dynamic online networking forum for Virtual Assistants, VA Networking Association.  One of the first helpful things I found was this article and that outlines the highlights of the Virtual Assistant Practice.

A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly-skilled, independent professional who provides administrative, technical and/or creative business support services.

They are your off-site administrative professional.

Top 10 things a virtual assistant VA can do for your business

But “What can a Virtual Assistant do for me?” is a little more complicated. The ways in which a VA can help you and your business are as unique and diverse as the individual VAs are themselves. To help narrow down the possibilities, the Virtual Assistants at VAnetworking.com were asked to list the top 10 things they could do for their clients. This is what they said.

  1. A VA can assist you with marketing support, increasing your clientele and freeing up valuable time to service your customers. They also can handle all your marketing and publicity helping you to spread the word about your product or services.  Our Social Media Services
  2. Many Virtual Assistants specialize in web design and search engine optimization. Once you work with a VA, they know your business inside and out, who better to help you prepare your website.
  3. A Virtual Assistant can make your next presentation shine by giving it that polished professional presentation which is sure to capture your audience and promote all your products and services.
  4. A Virtual Assistant can be instrumental in proofing, editing, and typing all your correspondence, pleadings, manuscripts, etc., thus allowing a more professional edge to all your business communications.
  5. A Virtual Assistant can take over all your bookkeeping, bills and accounts payable. Let them worry about payroll so you can worry about the important tasks of running your business.
  6. A Virtual Assistant can plan your next company event or outing providing for an enjoyable and memorable time for all. Think how much more enjoyable it can be when the burden of planning is removed.
  7. Because VAs work on an “as needed basis” and only when you have work, hiring a VA can save you money. Clients only pay for the work done, and don’t have to pay for benefits, equipment, or supplies. What a cost savings that can be.
  8. A VA can save you space because s/he work from his/her office as an independent contractor.
  9. Hiring a VA can save you time because you will not have to spend time hiring an employee or temporary help, as well as training the new staff.
  10. A Virtual Assistant can schedule your appointments, manage your calendar, organize your desk, and make running a business that much smoother.


*Source: Virtual Assistant Networking Association
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