It’s surprising that so many people are still confused about what a virtual assistant is. At the same time, it’s understandable. In just a few words, a virtual assistant is an online assistant who can carry out any of the tasks that an on-site assistant can. They work from their online office, hence the name virtual assistant.
Make no mistake – a virtual assistant is by no means an amateur. They have worked in administrative office professions before making the commitment to work from their homes. Virtual assistants are professionals in the strictest sense of the word, and they take their virtual business as seriously as any on-site employee would.
What’s a Virtual Assistant
A reasonable question that many ask is how they would communicate with their virtual assistant. Daily, weekly, or monthly communication with your VA (virtual assistant) is essential to a successful relationship. At the same time, isn’t daily, weekly, or monthly communication essential to any working office? What confuses many regarding the virtual environment is how to go about meetings like this. Below are proven methods in which VAs and business owners communicate with one another.
E-mail: Yes, our most taken for granted standby is a method that is still used by most on-site offices as well.
Chat: If you feel comfortable with this form of communication, there are many chat options available to you and your virtual assistant.
Skype: A favorite of ours. Skype allows a unique way for you to converse with your online assistant.
Phone calls: Many choose to simply pick up the phone and call their virtual assistant.
If you choose to partner with a VA, what benefits might your business realize? Benefits include savings on social security taxes, unemployment taxes, FICA taxes, and worker’s compensation insurance. Additional savings are realized in that there is no need to buy office equipment, furniture, or office space. Added to this are the medical, dental, and vision care savings. Vacation time, sick time, down time, and breaks add up over time. However, with a virtual assistant these costs to your business are no longer necessary as they are self-employed.
Additional benefits include time savings to you and your business. Your VA can help you with time-consuming daily tasks and organizing your business to reach its peak potential. You can use their services a few hours a month, occasionally, or on a regularly scheduled basis. This choice is entirely up to you. What’s important is that you will have the extra time to spend as you wish, on any aspect of your business, or on much-needed relaxation.
Business ethics are very important to most virtual assistants. The reasons for this are as varied as your reasons for employing good business ethics. Keep in mind, though, that a virtual assistant’s reputation is at stake. If they don’t use good business ethics, they will develop a reputation for bad business ethics. Speaking for myself, this isn’t what I would want to be known for. Therefore, when hiring a virtual assistant, you should expect them to employ good business ethics for you and with you.
All things considered, understanding a virtual assistant’s role is as simple as understanding that they are professional business owners, who partner with you and benefit your business in more ways than one.
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