So what is a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant is a highly skilled and independent professional person. They work to provide business support services such as administration, marketing and organisation.
Virtual assistants are usually in demand by small business owners, entrepreneurs and consultants who need extra help with their day to day administration tasks, but don’t want the costs of employing a permanent member of staff.
The ability to work virtually, and the introduction of such services, was born in the 1990s as technology advanced with high speed Internet becoming available, and the ability to work remotely became a reality.
What do virtual assistants do?
A virtual assistant can do anything any other employed admin assistant can do. Except fetch you a coffee of course!! Many virtual assistants have a niche area they like to work in such as social media and web design services. Their skills can also be industry specific. This means they only provide support within a certain business area. An example would be virtual assistant working in event management would only work for an event organiser.
The majority of virtual assistants work from their own homes. They provide services on an hourly basis where you can dip in and out of their time on an ad hoc basis. If you want to ensure that you guarantee a virtual assistant’s time you can buy guaranteed time specific packages. For example they would alot time in their diary to work only for you for 10 hours out of their working week. Other assistants offer their services on a retainer basis where you choose as many hours as you need. They can also offer one off project work.
Do you need a helping hand? Do you need to focus on the things that drive your business forward? Are you are too bogged down with the mundane day to day tasks? Get in touch.