Are you a home or small business owner and you're Webmaster, receptionist, and assistant all in one, but you've found that there isn't enough time in the day to complete all of these administrative tasks? A "Virtual Assistant" could be your answer.
In today's tough economical times it's hard to think of hiring someone else to assist you, but it may be more cost effective than you think. You are probably spending more time on projects, sending out correspondence, bookkeeping and many other tasks that an assistant could do. Don't have the space in your office or want to deal with payroll taxes? Then hire a "Virtual Assistant".
A Virtual Assistant only works when it is necessary. In other words, you only pay when there is work to be done. You might need someone to send out your monthly newsletter, do some research for the book you're writing, keep your schedule/calendar, bill your clients or maybe it's all of the above. With today's technology she or he can live anywhere, so you do not need to provide office space or equipment. Taxes, social security, and benefits won't be a worry for you because your VA is working for herself.
Finding and hiring a VA is also an easy process. Many assistants are leaving the workplace and starting their own businesses from home and bringing all of their corporate experience with them. You can get their resume and references or just hire them for a small job to start. There are many resources out there to find VA's. You can do an Internet search and there will be hundreds of names at your fingertips. There are also many sites that have VA directories, so if you prefer your VA to be in the same state then that will narrow your search results. There are all sorts of VA's, some are certified or have been trained as Virtual Assistants and others, like myself, have taken our corporate knowledge and translated it into a VA business.
Hiring a VA may be the best thing for your business whether it is small, large or just starting out. Try one out; you may be pleasantly surprised at what a VA can bring to you and your growing business.
About the Author:
Marie Fahey is a wife, mother of two, and a virtual assistant. Since 1998 she has run her Virtual Assistant business out of her home in Massachusetts. If you have questions regarding Virtual Assistants or would like to hear more about her services, please contact Marie at Marie@MarieFahey.com or visit her website at http://www.MarieFahey.com.