What is a VA?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly-skilled, independent professional who remotely provides administrative, technical and/or creative business support services. They are your off-site administrative professional.
With more and more people choosing to start their own businesses, the roll of VA is becoming more important than ever.
What do VA’s do?
Well, in essence, VA’s can do just about anything that you would like to delegate to them. Most VA’s though, prefer to specialize in certain tasks or “niches” rather than doing anything and everything for one business owner. In fact, it would not be uncommon for a business owner to have more than one VA.
For example: VA #1 handles the webpage and social media platforms while VA #2 handles processing payments and customer service.
Where do I find a VA?
There are several VA services that you can contact, or you can type in a search for a freelance VA that would specialize in the kind of service you need. The wonderful thing about a VA is that they don’t need to live close to you, so you can choose to work with someone anywhere in the world.
How much will having a VA cost?
That depends on a lot of factors, such as location and services offered. VA’s overseas tend to charge less, mainly, because of the difference in cost of living. Many foreign VA’s are just as talented as their American counterparts.
One of the great benefits of working with a VA is that you get the help you need to make your business run better, but none of the hassle of hiring an employee!
You can work with a VA on monthly or weekly retainer or just a per project basis.