Being a Virtual Assistant is catching on fast! A VA is an independent business owner who provides administrative support, generally working outside of the corporate office environment, usually from their home.
Communication with a VA is usually through telephone, fax, e-mail, or courier. Most entrepreneurs or small business owners don't need or want a full-time administrative assistant, nor can they afford one, but they still need on-going administrative support. This is where a VA would be valuable.
So how do you work with a Virtual Assistant? This may be the most difficult concept for the “real” world to grasp. VA’s are generally very experienced individuals and are not employees. They have their own offices, bring a variety of skills to the table and manage how their client’s work is carried out. They set their own rates, as well as operating standards and policies, and pay their own taxes.
While a VA can’t get your coffee she can certainly make your life easier by letting you get on with managing your business while she handles the administrative tasks.