WTF is a Virtual Assistant has been the response of just about everyone I’ve told in the real world about my new business,
even Google isn’t sure. So just to be clear, I am not Siri* I am not electronic, I can do so much more than her plus you don’t
need to shout into your phone for me to start working.
Wikipedia’s definition of a Virtual Assistant is: “A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA) is generally self-employed and
provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely. 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 but can also support busy executives.”
So a VA works with clients and small businesses on a variety of office tasks, traditionally secretarial/PA services, VA’s have
now diversified and generally find a niche depending on previous experience or preference – marketing in my case.
Chris Ducker an expert on virtual business management has a list of 101 tasks that can be outsourced to virtual assistants.
So if you would rather be doing less of this
And more of this
Then get one of these
The society of virtual assistants* annual survey for 2015 reported that over 70% of VA’s expect their business to grow this year.
Globally, freelancing is growing with more than 1/3 of workers in the USA now working as freelancers*. With more business
owners realising the benefits this can bring and with the technology that makes it easy today the numbers are forecast to rise.
Great for business owners but what benefits does a Virtual Assistant get?
No holiday pay, no sick pay, no training, no fees, no office space, no desk or PC, no phone, not even a coffee.
Not so different from Siri after all then.