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Partnering with a Virtual Assistant Makes Good Business Sense

Dec 10, 2007
No matter where in the world you live, or how much money you have, the internet has made it possible for you to gain the benefit of professional support services to help you run and expand your business. You can partner with Virtual Assistants to complete projects or work for you on an ongoing basis, as and when needed.

Time is money right? So, if you outsource work to a Virtual Assistant (particularly non-income-earning work) you will have more time to spend personally on activities that generate income.

You are not limited to the type of work you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant. You can source Virtual Assistants online to undertake a range of different tasks such as secretarial, marketing, design, accounting, personal assistance, programming and even freelance writing. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, "A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative, and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis."

An experienced online Virtual Assistant can be an excellent resource for your business, since generally speaking they have a broad range of skills that you can draw upon. Most Virtual Assistants offer a host of administrative services such as word processing, desk top publishing, bill paying, managing mailing lists, invoicing, and even travel arrangements. You can access a range of services quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

Partnering with an online Virtual Assistant tends to be more economical than hiring temporary staff or using an offline service when you need urgent work done. Since Virtual Assistants work for themselves, they bear their own costs making them a cost-effective alternative to other labour hire options. Basically, by having access to quality online Virtual Assistants who can fit around your needs and deadlines, a small to medium-sized business can experience the benefits of a large corporation, but with none of their employee-related costs.

An added benefit of sourcing a Virtual Assistant online is that you have access to a global marketplace. This means that if you partner with an Assistant who is in a different time zone, you can be confident that your work is getting done while you sleep!

You may have to try a few different online Assistants before you find the right person for your needs. However, it is worth persisting until you have developed a rewarding relationship with at least one Virtual Assistant.

The internet has made a global workforce available to small and medium-sized businesses, making improvements in productivity, income and even lifestyle a lot easier than ever before. Why not take advantage of this flexible work force and benefit from the vast range of high quality support services on offer?
About the Author
Helen Byrne is a UK-based Virtual Office Assistant and Owner of Virtualoso - Virtual Office Solutions Online (http://www.virtualoso.info). To promote the business on a wider scale, Helen also created http://www.PA-as-you-go.com as a simple introduction to Virtual Assistance.
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