A Virtual Assistant is the title given to an independent service provider, they will normally support a business remotely from a location, often referred to as a Virtual Office.
Virtual Assistants are highly skilled professionals who, rather than being an employee showing up on your payroll, work remotely and independently of a business, operating on a self-employed basis.
They work with you on a “as and when” basis from a single project to long term support. Virtual Assistants usually offer a specialism but most will offer a broad range of services.
Virtual Assistants work with you by employing numerous methods, typically referred to as online collaboration. They will often use tools such as Skype, Office 365, Google Apps for Work, Asana, VOIP phone, Aweber, Hootesuite etc.
A good Virtual Assistant can help you with tasks such as Administration, Marketing, Recruitment, Research, Accounting, Social Media, Writing & Blogging, Online Shop Administration, Helpdesk, Personal Assistant; the list goes on and on.
Many Virtual Assistants refer to themselves as “digital nomads” able to support you from almost anywhere in the world and able to connect across multiple time zones.