What is a Virtual Assistant?

 

“A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

Because virtual assistants are independent contractors rather than employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits, except in the context that those indirect expenses are included in the VA’s fees. Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. Clients pay for 100% productive work, and can work with Virtual Assistants, individually, or in multi-VA firms to meet their exact needs. Virtual Assistants usually work for other small businesses.”

–Source:  Wikipedia

 YES, You Can you afford a Virtual Assistant!

Here is a basic comparison between hiring an employee vs. contracting with a Virtual Assistant:

comparative

 When contracting a Virtual Assistant, you only pay for the hours worked which is generally a fraction of a traditional full time employee. So, What is a Virtual Assistant… VA’s are independent administrative professionals. Just like a contractor, there are no benefit package costs, no unproductive hourly costs, and no overhead costs to incur.


BENEFITS OF USING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

increased productivity

When you are able to focus on the revenue generating activities of your business, you will become more productive.

flexibility

With having another person to help you with a variety of tasks, you will not have to put in as many hours, creating a flexible schedule.

less stress

By allowing your virtual assistant to handle the administrative tasks that you are not strong at, you aren’t as stressed and have to figure out how to get certain things done.

improved customer relationships

When you have a Virtual Assistant, your customer relations will likely become better due to the fact that you have someone who handles these interactions for you and when you do interact with your clients, you generate a better professional image to your customer.