1. What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant or VA is an independent contractor/freelancer and entrepreneur who assists you in taking care of the administrative and technical side of your business or life. They assist you or your business on a contractual basis from a remote location. While most VAs perform administrative tasks they are more than just a home-based secretary. Before setting up their practices, most VAs held prominent positions in the corporate world. The Virtual Assistance industry comprises former corporate trainers, CPAs, publicity agents, marketing executives, paralegals, executive assistants and many more.
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2. Who can benefit from a Virtual Assistant?
Small and medium sized businesses, home-based business, coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, non-profit organizations, real estate professionals, mobile professionals, attorneys and more can utilize the services of Virtual Assistants. If you are drowning in administrative and technical responsibilities a Virtual Assistant just might change your life.
3. What are the benefits of utilizing a Virtual Assistant?
- The benefit of paying no employee taxes, benefits or workers compensation
- No need to adhere to federal and state mandates, like OSHA, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act
- No risk of employees taking advantage of the system (ie. personal telephone calls during office hours, overtime due to lack of productivity)
- You are billed only for the service performed on your individual account. Your company will receive an invoice billed to the minute
- Professional, quality service done to your specifications
- Virtual Assistants are entrepreneurs and dedicated business owners who want you to be successful as much as they want success for themselves.
4. How do I communicate assignments to a Virtual Assistant?
Assignments can be given via e-mail, FTP transfer, fax, courier, USPS and telephone.
5. What services do Virtual Assistants provide?
It depends upon the individual Virtual Assistant. But Virtual Assistants are known to provide a wide variety of services ranging from basic administrative support to advanced database creation.
6. Who is Virtual Accuracy and how can they help me?
Virtual Accuracy provides professional administrative, executive and technical support to business, life, corporate and executive coaches, small and large businesses, home based businesses, non-profit organizations and busy individuals. We allow businesses the time they so desperately need to focus on running their business instead of focusing on the daunting administrative tasks that keep them from what they do best.
Virtual Accuracy has been in business since 1998, although we have been in the “freelance” business for years. Rebecca Jaspin-Noles’ proficient knowledge of software packages, marketing, PR and the administrative world as a whole puts her a cut above the rest. Rebecca is committed to expanding her knowledge of all aspects of business through education and hands on experience. Dale Noles’ extensive technical knowledge of computer hardware, software, networking, marketing and branding and more, brings an excellent balance to Virtual Accuracy.
7. How much does a Virtual Assistant cost?
Virtual Assistants usually charge between $40-$125 per hour depending upon the type of work performed. Most Virtual Assistants offer retainer packages to clients who use their services on a regularly scheduled monthly basis. Always remember that Virtual Assistants are entrepreneurs who pay their own taxes, pay for equipment upgrades and run their business in a professional manner…just like you. Professional Virtual Assistants are worth their weight in gold.
There are some Virtual Assistants who charge as low as $10 per hour. But don’t be fooled. Professional Virtual Assistants like Virtual Accuracy, have been called upon to “fix” their mistakes. Sometimes you truly do get what you pay for. Do your due diligence before partnering with any virtual assistant.