When I started working in the BPO Industry, I was actually curious if what is a Virtual Assistant. First thought that came to mind is that, these virtual assistants are computers who assist people especially business executives: that they are projected out from a computer like those in the movies to take orders from the boss. I know that some are really laughing right now but it’s definitely true, that kind of assumption is really happening.Still a lot of people think that Virtual Assistants are only for the rich: that you can’t afford to have one if you only have a small business. And that’s the reason why I’m writing this, to straighten false assumptions on Virtual Assistance.
Virtual Assistants are real persons who provide professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from another office or offshore. The common modes of communication are Internet, email, phone calls using different free calling tools like Skype, yahoo messenger etc. Increasingly Virtual Assistants are utilizing technology such as Skype as well as Google Voice. Professionals in this business work on a contractual basis and a long-lasting cooperation is standard. Typically 5 years of administrative experience in an office is expected at such positions as executive assistant, office manager/supervisor, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, real estate assistant, information technology,et cetera. They’re just like your ordinary office employee that can do all of the tasks required in a business. The only thing that can’t be done is making a coffee, BUT they always have ways in ordering a coffee for the boss from a coffee shop nearby, amazing right?
Nowadays, the demand for a Virtual Assistant is growing rapidly especially in the field of Real Estate in the US. Real Estate Professionals got tons of tasks in their shoulders and their trade is not predictable. There are those who get lucky and can close multiple sales in a year but there are those whose struggling to get even just one sale in a year.
A Virtual Assistant can offer his/her services to anyone. They are paid in an hourly basis so you could be able to manage your finances without sacrificing your time doing those extra administrative tasks that’s required in your business. They are also flexible individuals; they are willing to work with you on your most convenient time no matter where they are located. You don’t need to pay for any office space or equipment as well as benefits as all of those things are already included in the package.