A Virtual Assistant (VA) or is an independent business professional providing online business support services to clients from a remote location.
Administrative tasks are communicated between the VA and their clients through the internet, phone, fax or courier. Working with a Virtual Assistant gives the business professional the flexibility to pay only for the work they need completed without the costs of office space, payroll, vacation, benefits, sick pay, etc. of a regular employee.
Virtual Assistant services vary widely and many VA’s specialize in different areas including Internet Marketing, Website Design, Database Management, Real Estate and many others.
Below are links to articles explaining the purpose and function of a Virtual Assistant and the different ways that they can help you and your business:
International Virtual Assistants Association: 101 Ways to Use a VA: vaa.org/101-ways-to-use-a-va/
Vertical Response: Hiring a Virtual Assistant can Refocus your Business Efforts: http://www.verticalresponse.com/blog/virtual-assistant-refocus-business-efforts/
Michael Hyatt: My Experience Using a Virtual Assistant: http://michaelhyatt.com/my-experience-using-a-virtual-assistant.html
Michelle Dale of Virtual Miss Friday for Chris Ducker: http://www.chrisducker.com/when-is-a-virtual-assistant-not-a-virtual-assistant/