What is a virtual assistant? WiredWrite.com founder Leeann Murphy gives her perspective on a way of working that's growing in popularity in the corporate world.
Virtual assistant is a trendy term to describe someone who is self-employed and works from home with minimal to no onsite contact with the company they provide expert administrative services to.
All services are provided via the internet through the wonders of technology.
Virtual assistants are typically highly trained, experienced professionals who, for whatever reason, have decided to step away for the day to day grind of commuting to the office. Most often, it's new mums who find the virtual assistant lifestyle suited to raising children, or perhaps they're like me - wanting to pursue other passions beyond a 9am – 5pm career. Whatever the reason, virtual assistants enjoy the rewards of meeting the needs of their clients, whilst deciding the hours they work to get the job done - whilst managing other life matters.
Other terms used to describe virtual assistants are telecommuters or online administrators. They can provide a range of services depending on their qualifications including writing, editing, design work, data entry, event management - all via the internet.
The benefits of contracting a virtual assistant are many:
Of course, I cannot fulfil every duty I once did, as I am not permanently onsite. However, I am very grateful that I am able to remain involved in a sector that continues to fascinate and challenge me whilst pursuing my passion for travel. I am now one of their longest serving writers on their team and extend their hours of operation to meet deadlines, critic work and also share my expertise to develop new projects and staff. It's a win, win scenario for both of us.
Contact Leeann via www.wiredwrite.com for more information.
I describe myself as a writer, copywriter, facilitator, researcher, public speaker, dancer, traveller, novice photographer and lover of life.