Your Virtual Assistant, Your Partner in Success

Your Virtual Assistant, Your Partner in Success

Your Virtual Assistant, Your Partner in Success

Virtual assistants can function as much more than virtual administrative professionals. On some level, they serve as virtual business partners – truly invested in the success of your business. After all, when your business grows and thrives, so, in turn, will theirs.

This article discusses the virtual assistant / client relationship as well as provides more detailed information about how to make the most of working with a virtual assistant:

A VA will have extensive experience on a variety of software and cloud-based programs and will learn new software or skills on her own time, if necessary. Instead of investing your time training a support person, you will simply need to acquaint a VA with how your process works and then let the VA take it from there.

A good VA will get to know your business and offer advice and counsel on how to use technology and software. You will learn from your assistant.

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Virtual Assistants = Business Growth

Virtual Assistants = Business Growth

Virtual Assistants = Business Growth

With the increasing amount of virtual assistant information online, the trend to outsource to virtual assistants continues to increase as well. This article, via the INC. Well Blog, explains some of the benefits of working with a virtual assistant:

Virtual assistants mean a business owner doesn’t need to provide office equipment, overhead or benefits- and if you take a vacation or business is slow, they take a break too.

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Virtual Assistants Help Small Business Make it Big

Virtual Assistants Help Small Business Make it Big

Virtual Assistants Help Small Business Make it Big

From El Paso, Inc. via the New York Times, comes an article detailing the myriad ways in which small business owners can beef up and streamline their business processes, including relying on virtual assistants.

Many solo entrepreneurs rely on virtual assistants — temporary help hired as needed — who work remotely, usually from their homes. They can handle tasks like research, data entry and e-mail replies. Garland uses virtual assistants about 40 hours a month.

“What’s nice is you don’t have an employee,” he said. “This is someone who bills you by the hour, so it’s an expense you can deduct.”

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Virtual Assistant Cost Comparison

Virtual Assistant Cost Comparison

Virtual Assistant Cost Comparison

Use the handy calculator below to help determine the cost of working with a professional virtual assistant, versus hiring an in-house employee. Note that with a virtual assistant you avoid the costs associated with an employee such as: insurance, paid vacation or sick time, overtime, paid down time, non-productive work hours, employee-related taxes, and more.

Virtual Assistants: Money-Saving Small Business Tip

Save Money With a Virtual Assistant

Save Money With a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants were recently highlighted as tip number two among the top six money-saving small business tips at the Savings.com blog:

Go Virtual: As business growth presents new challenges, such as servicing your client base better or performing some other task that is beyond your capabilities, you’re going to need extra help. Hiring virtual assistants is one approach you should seriously consider for two main reasons. The first is that you can hire help temporarily, on an as needed basis. The second is that, due to the current job market, you’ll be able to find and attract qualified people to assist you at very reasonable rates. Should you have a need for advice and expertise in the area of drafting legal contractual agreements or other specialized documents, consider hiring a virtual attorney. Unlike traditional brick and mortar lawyers who generally charge higher fees and may require monthly retainers, virtual attorneys will save you money by working on a per job basis.

Read the full article, and get the other five money-saving tips, here.

Definition of a Virtual Assistant

From Wikipedia:
Virtual assistants utilize today’s technology to deliver their services and communicate with clients by working remotely.

A virtual assistant’s core practice consists of administrative or clerical tasks. However, many virtual assistants offer additional specialties that fall under various other categories, such as marketing, website development or maintenance, creative and technical services, etc. In addition, many VA’s have target niches, and those include real estate, coaching, and writers to name a few prominent ones.

Virtual assistants come from a variety of business backgrounds, but most have several years administrative experience earned in the real (non-virtual) business world working in occupations such as administrative assistant, executive assistant, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, real estate assistant, office manager, etc.

Virtual assistants are independent contractors, not employees, who structure their own rates and operating standards and policies, pay their own self-employment taxes, and control management of the work and how it is carried out. While many self-employed people specialize in one area—for example, they are bookkeepers or web development specialists who work from home—a true virtual assistant provides across-the-board administrative (and other) services.
What is a Virtual Assistant?