Bosses are now considering to hire a personal virtual assistant. However, the word “employ” is technically incorrect. Virtual assistants are business owners too. They are service providers or independent contractors. When you hire them, you actually are buying their services. Hence, you become their customer or client. This discussion could get confusing, so let’s just get to the point. A personal virtual assistant comes by many names, depending on what they do.
What exactly is a virtual assistant?
This is what we call a service provider who works from a remote location and is usually available online. They have the expertise that is at par with an office assistant. Many virtual assistants are more competent than office-based assistants. Non-core functions can be outsourced to a VA.
Why do clients obtain online services?
A personal online assistant is a cost efficient alternative to an in-house assistant. Since you cannot exist alone without an assistant and hiring a personal assistant is impractical, the best option would be to procure services of a remote or online professional. Clients do not have much time to devote on checking emails, responding to customer queries, and keeping track of their schedules. They have more prolific functions to attend to. A VA can take those tasks.
Do clients pay salary to an online service provider?
A salary is an incorrect term in this case because a service provider charges fees for their services in the same way that a business owner charges customers when availing of products or services.
What skills should a VA possess?
There are different types of personal assistants. The skills they are required to have depend on their niche. Personal secretaries should have apt administrative skills besides technological aptitude. Marketing assistants should have proper personal relations skills and online advertising experience. General qualities necessary are language proficiency, fluency in written and spoken English, and computer technology and internet skills.
What is the current state of the virtual assistance industry?
Online service providers are seeing a boon with increasing demand from countries like United States and United Kingdom. This industry is growing but unevenly. Mostly western countries are the service buyers, while Asian countries are usually the service providers. Outsourcing office jobs has become commonplace currently. The increase in the demand has been fueled by positive results of outsourcing office work to distant service providers. Satisfied clients tell others of the good news.
Who are the usual clients?
A personal virtual assistant usually offers services to small business owners, who generally cannot afford to hire and house an office assistant. Huge companies generally make partnerships with huge service providers. On the other hand, a micro business owner may be contented with a single personal virtual assistant or a small team of virtual workers.