If you have been considering the services of a Virtual Assistant here are some interesting facts you may not have known.
- A Virtual Assistant is usually a sole trader who runs their own business. Like any contractor you hire around the home, a VA works for a client for a fee. They are not an employee of the client, meaning they are responsible for paying their own salary, superannuation, sick & annual leave, insurance, supplies, etc.
- Depending on the type of service your VA offers, you may be charged by the hour, a fixed price for working on a project, or offered a pre-paid package for the time spent completing your task.
- Virtual Assistants work remotely, so don’t usually meet with their clients face-to-face. However, a reputable VA will keep a client up-to-date on a job’s progress by phone, email, text or Skype.
- Virtual Assistants can offer a wide variety of services, from the generalised secretarial and administrative tasks (e.g. diary management) to more complex tasks like bookkeeping, web content management, marketing & social media management.
- Virtual Assistants may work with numerous clients at any one time and will have hours scheduled in their calendar for different clients and their tasks.
- Virtual Assistants don’t necessarily work from 9am-5pm, it could be evenings, early mornings or in between the kids going to school, but be rest assured your work will be carried out. By having good line of communication with your VA, they can keep you up-to-date with your job’s progress, so you don’t have to worry about whether your work is getting done.