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What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant (VA) is self-employed and provides professional administrative, creative, or social media assistance to clients remotely. A virtual assistant usually is an independent contractor rather than an employee.

How does a VA get hired?

Virtual Assistants are hired by Clients. A Client isn’t responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits. Clients who use VAs also avoid the concern of providing extra office space, equipment, and supplies, which typically will be included in a VA’s rates.

Clients pay for the VA’s productive jobs and can work with Virtual Assistants, individually or in firms that have many VAs ready to work and meet their exact needs.

Who hires Virtual Assistants?

Using a virtual assistant can save hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of a personal assistant, executive assistant or secretary but just remotely from a home office.

Virtual Assistants come from a variety of professional work backgrounds, but most have several years of experience earned in the actual real business world.

Virtual Assistants usually work for small businesses but can also work with busy entrepreneurs, executives, parents, even students. Using Virtual Assistants is definitely booming in centralized economies!

Virtual Assistant Working Arrangements

  • Home-Based Virtual Assistant – work in an office sharing environment or in their house.

  • General Virtual Assistant – sometimes called a remote or online administrative assistant, personal assistant or sales assistant.

  • Dedicated Virtual Assistant – someone working in the office under the management of a company. The company provides training, workspace and internet connection.

  • Specified Virtual Assistant – assistants specialized or focused in a specific task such as; marketing, writing, copywriter, editor, and data entry. Specified VA’s are professionals that experienced employees from a corporate environment that became a Virtual Assistant for that mastered skill.


Virtual Assistants aren’t for everyone because a lot of the times, it takes courage for someone to give up responsibility. Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs find it tough to hand-off something they’ve worked so hard for. Totally understandable! VAs will always be there when you’re ready to do start. Start little, ask them for a “project specified” task. When it gets to be too much and you know instead of all the admin work is taking too much of your time when you rather actually do what you love doing.

Ready to take the leap? Meet and connect with your VA prior to making any commitment. For further information or questions, please feel free to contact me.

-Anna Moua

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