The world of Virtual Assistants — Who is a VA? Why VA?
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Who is a VA?
A virtual assistant, abbreviated to VA, is normally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home or office. 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. It is estimated that there are as few as 10000 or as many as 25000 virtual assistants across the globe.
Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, e-mail and phone-call conferences, online work spaces, and fax machine. Increasingly Virtual Assistants are utilizing technology such as Skype as well as Google Voice. Professionals in this business work on a contractual basis and a long-lasting cooperation is standard.
In recent years Virtual Assistants have also worked their way in to many mainstream businesses and with the advent of VOIP services such as Skype it has been possible to have 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.
Virtual Assistants consists of individuals as well as companies who work remotely as an independent professional, providing a wide range of products and services both to businesses as well as consumers. The virtual industry has changed substantially as it attracts others new to the field.
A dedicated virtual assistant is someone working in the office under the management of a company. The facility and internet connection as well as training are provided by the company. The general VA are sometimes called an online assistant. A virtual webmaster assistant, virtual marketing assistant and virtual content writing assistant are specific professionals that are usually experienced employees from corporate environment that started to set up their own virtual offices.
There are many advantages of hiring a virtual assistant like:
•Hiring a virtual assistant saves you a lot of time and money.
•He works like an extension to your local office team.
•No recruitment, hiring and training cost is involved.
•No infrastructure, computer, broadband connection, software or hardware (printer, scanner, phone) cost is involved.
•No fixed salary. You pay only for the number of hours he works.
•No tension for HR policies, labour laws and taxes, sick leaves, bonus, overtime, medical benefits and other such issues.
• You focus on your core business activities. Rest outsource to your virtual assistant.
• You control other operational costs involved in your business.
• You manage business risks by hiring a virtual assistant and improve business efficiency.
• Fast Turn Around Time (TAT) in case of Indian virtual assistant (24/7 working advantage).