What is a VA?


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What is a Virtual Assistant?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Virtual Assistant, or simply VA, is an independent contractor providing administrative, technical, or sometimes creative assistance to clients – usually to other independent entrepreneurs and solo and small business practices, such as that of a lawyer or realtor. Virtual assistants usually work at their homes (hence “virtual”), thus making it a fairly popular (and growing) profession. Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, telephones, FTP, and fax machines.

Virtual Assistants are highly skilled independent entrepreneurs who provide online executive, administrative, professional and personal assistance to businesses, entrepreneurs and busy, mobile professionals. Every day more and more business people are discovering the ease and convenience of working with Virtual Assistants. Tech-savvy Virtual Assistants use the most advanced means of communication and the most efficient and time saving office technology available to deliver on-demand, high quality work while helping clients to reach their business goals.

Virtual Assistants build partnerships with their clients and work to enhance the client image by providing superior service and support. Working from their own offices on a contractual basis, a Virtual Assistant saves you money and time.

Differences between a VA and an employee or temp:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Virtual assistants are independent contractors, not employees, who structure their own rates and operating standards and policies, pay their own self-employment taxes, and control management of the work and how it is carried out.

Employees are managed and directed by the employer they work for. They are paid a salary with employment taxes deducted by the employer. Work is directed, managed and supervised by the employer.

Temps are employees of a staff agency who go on-site to employer (customer) premises. They are paid by the staffing agency they work for, while their on-site work and activities are managed, directed and supervised by the employer customer of the staffing agency.

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