Basically, a Virtual Assistant (commonly known by its abbreviation VA) is a freelance administrator. A VA is highly-skilled, independent professional who remotely provides administrative business support services.
Although the type of admin work can vary amongst VA’s, the most common services tend to include transcription typing, diary managementent, email management and preparation of reports such as PowerPoint presentations. This is by no means an exhaustive list and as I said, it can vary depending on whether the VA has a market or skill specific specialty/specialties.
Why use the services of a Virtual Assistant?
As VA’s are self-employed, you only pay an agreed hourly rate and there is no need to worry about annual leave/sick pay/pension or the commitment of a permanent employed Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant or Administrator. The VA is responsible for their own tax and related paperwork. You can agree on the number of hours you need the VA for and this work can be on once off or ongoing basis.
I personally have been doing VA work on an ad hoc basis for years now, probably since before the term was coined! Mainly I do high speed typing in the medical field, where medical terminology is a must.
One final thing to note, although by definition a VA works remotely, or virtually, there are occasions where they can work on-site as well.
So now you know!
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