Friday, 19 July 2013

Virtual Assistant

With unemployment at its boom, commodity prices rising, many displaced from their jobs, came the idea for a job to earn additional income. This idea of earning an additional income by working at your own time is now called the virtual assistance; the most popular industry in the west. The industry is boosting, replacing the old jobs criteria, individuals coming up ready to undertake tasks. Major industries now permit employees work from home for the only reason that the investment on employees is very less and they want the work to be done in time.

Imagine having an experienced Secretary/Personal Assistant who requires no office space or equipment, no holiday and is willing to work for hours to suit you? Business men prefer appointing virtual assistants because they are instrumental in helping businesses grow; they should have a solid understanding of the latest tools to make a business succeed. A good virtual assistant will handle that and more.

Who is a VA

A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly skilled professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to business entrepreneurs, executives, online business etc. who have more work to do than time to do it. He is an executive for an executive.

He is an independent contractor who works from his/her office to deliver business support services. This offers small business owners tremendous cost savings by avoiding extra costs of providing office space, equipment and computer software or office supplies. Hiring an independent virtual assistant is the most cost-effective way to get the help needed.

A VA not only works for others but becomes an integral part of their company and takes pride in becoming a part of it and sees it succeeds. A VA assists his clients, get to know them personally and continue to maintain a close relationship with the clients to improve their business.

The Job

A VA performs various tasks depending on his qualification and experience in the field. Generally, a VA performs bill paying service, database creation and maintenance, information processing, internet research, event planning, travel arrangements so on and forth. Every VA has a different set of skills and ability, thus the services will differ from one to the next. All VAs also have varying education levels, but have worked as secretaries, clerks and executive assistants.

Many VAs also provide web design and maintenance, publicity and marketing, desktop publishing, word processing, and business start-up consultations. The services are endless depending upon the VA’s knowledge, skills and creativity.