A virtual assistant (VA) is a person who provides administrative, technical and creative services to the self-employed, entrepreneurs and individuals. This is done on a freelance basis and completely independent of location because communication and cooperation take place exclusively via the Internet. Virtual assistants can be engaged individually, they do not occupy a workplace and do not cause any other additional costs.
The tasks a virtual assistant can do are very various. For example, he can take over communication with customers, carry out research work, maintain websites, write e-mails, create texts, support social media marketing and much more. Payment for the individual virtual services is normally made on an hourly basis. Depending on the task, some virtual assistants may also charge a flat fee agreed in advance.
What are the advantages of a virtual assistant?
If you hire a virtual assistant, you only pay for the work which is actually done. There are no costs for the workplace and also no employee costs. Because the employment relationship is completely independent of location, the selection of workers is not limited to the local offer but can be carried out worldwide. For assistants who are abroad, additional advantages can arise for the client through language skills.
In addition, the use of a virtual assistant releases time resources that can be used elsewhere. This enables more efficient work, or simply means more time for yourself, family and friends. Virtual assistants can be also used flexibly to bypass shortages due to holidays or illness. A direct personal contact person is always available.