Virtual Assistants (VAs) are independent contractors who, from a remote location, support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services. Every virtual assistant is slightly different in their service offerings and experience. Finding the right one is just like finding the right employee – except you can try them out with minimal headache! A virtual assistant should be professional, accountable, and reliable. While you would think that it would be a problem to have their loyalty and time spread over multiple clients, a good VA is able to transparently juggle priorities by using good time management skills, as well as having a trustworthy support network behind them.
A virtual assistant offers virtually (pardon the pun) everything a company or non-profit needs to run both their office and business efficiently, without the overhead of actual employees. No insurance, sick time, vacation pay, unemployment, or taxes for them! From event planning, to newsletter writing, editing and mailing, a VA can work behind the scenes when needed. This also means that a VA gets paid only for the hours worked. Some businesses may have busy seasons, special projects, or one-time needs like a training course written and created. This is where a VA can step in and get the job done!
Look for an experienced VA with a degree in business, marketing, or office management. Some VA’s are members of professional organizations like the International Virtual Assistants Association, which certifies that they have been tested in areas like general office management, ethics, or real estate support. Whatever your needs are, you can be assured that there is a virtual assistant out there waiting to help!