Virtual Assistants: Not Your Typical Secretary!

Virtual assistants used to be an unknown commodity. These days however, virtual assistants provide superlative support and backup to major corporations as well as home-based business owners. For small businesses, the expertise and professionalism of virtual assistants may often mean the difference between success and failure.

Virtual assistants are trained and experienced in a multitude of fields and industries and may complete administrative or support services from home offices utilizing Internet connections, traditional telephone, or fax lines. Virtual assistants are available to provide support and assistance in more than just clerical work and often specialize in web-based Internet marketing endeavors, financial and bookkeeping fields, medical industries, legal fields, and executive positions.

Many people mistakenly believe that virtual assistants cost an arm and a leg, and while wages for virtual assistants may range on an average of $20-$70 an hour, many are able to offer Fee-for-Project services on a per hour basis that are more than worth their weight in results and payoff.

Virtual assistants are not glorified secretaries. They are business owners. They may specialize in webpage development and search engine optimization, shopping carts, or create and develop seminars, conventions and more. What can you expect from a virtual assistant? Check out just a few of the benefits that a virtual assistant can offer you:

•    Specialized experience and knowledge – some virtual assistants are specially trained in legal and medical fields.
•    Expert knowledge in Internet Technologies
•    Often work on retainer basis, saving you money
•    Multilingual capabilities
•    Increased efficiency
•    Support in executive, financial, and business relationships

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. A good virtual assistant is worth his or her paycheck and may offer priceless support as well as development in any service, business, or industry.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a one-man operation or a huge corporation; a virtual assistant is available at the click of a mouse.

In today’s depressed economy, one virtual assistant is often able to complete a full day’s work in half the time it would take a traditional workplace employee, because distractions, conversations, and interactions with other employees are limited. Virtual assistants are often experienced in business development and may provide invaluable resources and support to new or infant business ownership and launches.

One of the biggest benefits of hiring a virtual assistant is that they are independent contractors. Those who hire virtual assistants are not required to pay taxes on wages, or benefits, which saves employers hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year.

Virtual assistants are utilized by nearly every career field and industry and can be catered support to your specific needs, whether you need their services for several hours a day or several hours a month. Highly trained and experienced virtual assistants adhere to a code of ethics, not only for traditional and common business environments, but within the legal and medical field as well.

These days, hiring a virtual assistant will help reduce overhead while still offering business owners the support they need to excel in a multitude of business environments.


  1. I truly agree, a typical secretary is just answering a phone call and arranging some schedules while a Virtual Assistant is more than what we could imagine.

  2. Really an advantage for the client and VAs, specially when we’re talking about working spaces and office. The VAs can work productively in their home.

  3. As a professional virtual assistant, I enjoyed reading your comments, Julie. Virtual assistance has indeed changed the face of office admin work both in profile and performance possibilities. Other takes on how a virtual professional can be of benefit for a business can be read at Partnering with a Virtual Assistant, the official blog for VAnetworking.com which is focused on providing insight to clients or potential clients.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Judy, thank you so much!!

  5. I currently have two VAs. I find that their assistance far surpasses what I could expect from an in-house secretary. Why? Because they are independent business people. Their reputation is on the line. Additionally, since my success is their success, we celebrate together on a job well done regardless of who accomplishes the task.