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Are you feeling as though there are not enough hours in the day to complete all the administrative duties you have? Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed at the end of the day because of all the “extra” tasks you have?

Step into the world of Virtual Assistance and let them be the calm to your storm.

So you ask, what is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? A Virtual Assistant is a skilled professional who works as an independent contractor by providing
administrative support to businesses, entrepreneurs and other people who are too busy to work on administrate tasks or need help completing certain projects. The majority of VAs work from home and maintain a full functioning home office with innovative technologies to communicate and work with their clients. VAs offer a number of different services including Internet research, medical and legal transcription, database management, general to advanced secretarial duties, web development, meeting and event planning, realtor support, several types of marketing and much more.  The one aspect that makes VAs unique is the fact that their services are not limited to an office or even a state for that matter. They can provide support to clients all over the world.

A common assumption is that VAs are more expensive to hire than a full-time company employee when in actually, this assumption is not true.  With a full- or part-time regular employee, you will not only have to pay that person an hourly wage but you may also have to pay for their health and medical benefits, retirement plans, training, etc. However, with VAs you will only pay them for the time they work for you. Many VAs have payment plans that are designed to accommodate the needs of the clients. Additionally, VAs pay for their own training and benefits which is a cost-saving partnership for the clients.

Hiring a VA is no different from hiring a regular employee. The only difference is that you will not have the luxury of meeting them face-to-face unless the VA is in your local area. Nonetheless, you should interview the VA to determine their experience level and if they will provide you with the best possible business solutions.

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