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Jul 13, 2008
Virtual Assistants and Internet Marketers can make a fine pair. Seriously! They both work at home and they both use their computers to make money online. When you find a virtual assistant to help you in your business, you can dramatically improve your outlook and your future. Here's how this can be a match made in cyber heaven.

Internet marketers need to work to make money and they also have a degree of tasks that need to be done that support their business but that do not necessarily make them money directly. This presents a problem and either the internet marketer is time crunched or things aren't getting done. Enter the virtual assistant.

A virtual assistant is a real flesh and blood (but online) employee that can do whatever the Internet entrepreneur needs. This can be an administrative assistant, a web designer, a copywriter or a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. Many online marketers now have virtual workforces. They have people they work with regularly for specialized needs and they have virtual secretaries that do things such as:

Data entry
Take phone calls
Answer emails
Do bookkeeping
Book appointments
Handle customer service
And more.

If you're at a point where you are making enough money and have more work than you have hours in a day, it's time to do a cost benefit analysis. If you analyze your situation and can clearly see that you can earn more each day by paying someone for a few hours of work a day (or a week), do it! Hiring a virtual employee can enable you to grow your business exponentially.

Where can you find virtual assistants? There are online VA agencies as well as online bidding sites like Guru, RentACoder, eLance and Odesk where you can hire the services of a virtual employee (or more than one!). You can also place an ad on an online classified site like Craigslist or in a work at home Mom and Dad forum where you can post your requirements and let people apply with their resumes.

Of course, you'll have a learning curve with training a new person but imagine the hours per day you can free up to build your business and attain some life balance. Many assistants can be hired for a fairly low hourly wage although you do need to realize you get what you pay for!) and as an entrepreneur, certain expenses could be a tax write off. Be sure you interview several candidates and consider a trial period to ensure that you're a good match with both skills and personality.

How to ensure your relationship with your VA works

Communication is the key to success in any relationship. Beyond having regular dialogue via e-mail, perhaps you can have a daily or weekly briefing of what's going on. This could be a thirty minute scheduled Skype call or video chat. The key to a successful employer/employee relationship whether it's in a bricks and mortar office or through an internet connection is being on the same page and working towards the same goals.
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