WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
A virtual assistant is typically defined as self-employed and provides professional, administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home-based office. A virtual assistant is an independent contractor rather than an employee. This releases you, the client from being responsible for any employee related taxes, insurance or benefits, except for indirect expenses that are included in fees charged. Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. Clients pay for 100% productive work and can work with the VA to provide and meet your exact needs.
Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, email, phone-call conferences, online work spaces, and fax machines. Utilizing other technologies such as Skype and Google Voice, a virtual assistant can perform services remotely on a contract basis in blocks of time.
A virtual assistant service is invaluable and a great way to help mainstream your business. With the advent of VOIP services such as Skype, it has been possible to have a service as a “Virtual Assistant” who can answer your phone remotely without the end user's knowledge. This allows many businesses to add a personal touch in the form of a receptionist without the additional cost of hiring someone. Services to individuals, companies, and corporations who choose to have work done remotely with an independent professional can provide a wide range of products and services.
The client provides the software as well as providing funds to support internet connections in the remote location. All the basic communication needs and technologies, except that of which you may require as a part of your individual need. Individual training for your needs will also generally be the client's responsibility. Services are primarily home-based, but most virtual assistants are capable of performing services outside of a home office. These services generally may require an additional fee.