What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly skilled professional with the ability to have a powerful impact on the productivity of those they work with.
Traditionally, they have been known by many names: "secretaries," "administrative assistants," "executive assistants" or "bookkeepers." But in an age where technology has made the world a much smaller place, and where more professionals are working from their homes or in satellite offices, the former "assistant" has become "virtual" -- and thanks to the Internet, global.
The concept is still somewhat new, but it works so well that it has been embraced by the online community. A virtual assistant (or "VA") can ensure that the entrepreneur who is working in a remodeled bedroom or attic in their home has access to all of the support benefits enjoyed by a business person in the corner office of a major corporation - without having to hire any employees!
Work assignments are communicated through e-mail, phone, fax, mail, diskette transfer, and real-time online messaging. In addition to administrative support, VAs offer other, more specialized skills.
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