What is a Virtual Assistant?

By on August 1, 2011

woman working from home officeBy Gazelle Simmons–

Every time someone asks me this question, I answer them by saying “Everything that an Admin. Assistant could do for you, if he or she was outside of your office, I can do for you. I help small business owners nationwide grow their businesses from my own office.” My elevator speech works great in networking meetings but for others who require more detailed information, I’ve written the following for a more in-depth explanation.

The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) describes a Virtual Assistant as an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis. Really a very fancy way of saying it but it covers a wide spectrum of VAs.

In my opinion, Virtual Assistants or VAs as they are more commonly known, are mostly home-based entrepreneurs who assist with administrative, creative and technical support from their own offices. VAs work with other business owners and individuals, in order to help them become more successful, by freeing them to work on other aspects of their business that only they can handle. It’s like having an additional set of capable hands or another mind helping to address your problems.

As a VA for the past 13 years, I can tell you no two days are exactly the same. I work with a variety of clients from various fields who have one thing in common. They need help. Most are what I call solopreneurs. They work from their own home offices or their cars if need be. They need to get way too much done in a day and just don’t know who to turn to in order to lighten their load.

Frequently, I hear from my clients that they don’t know what they did before they met me. Knowing you can turn over projects, have them completed and not have to deal with them helps to alleviate excess stress, giving a gift of time to do whatever you need or want to do with it and of course, the best aspect is not feeling as if everything rests on your overburdened shoulders alone.

With a VA on your side, you now have a team player ready and willing to accomplish assigned tasks so you aren’t overwhelmed by it all. You now have someone to assist you in getting the most out of your day. It becomes a working relationship where you two work towards the common goal of your business growing. That synergy makes things happen and leads to growth of any business.

A VA can help you prioritize your day as well as the tasks needing your attention first and foremost. Those less important tasks can be delegated to a VA to complete thereby freeing you to handle the more important tasks in a timely manner without rushing at the last minute. VAs can also assist you in finishing aspects of your important tasks.

VAs can complete social media posts, business connection requests and updating your online business and personal profiles, preliminary research for new undertakings, handling travel plans both business and personal, ordering supplies for your use, make reservations including flights, hotels, automobile rentals, restaurants and vacations, updating your database so your mailings are more effective, sending out promotional materials to new contacts, adding information from business card received at events as well as a variety of other tasks that help you spend more time delivering for your clients. I tell my clients that I took the phrase “as deemed necessary” to heart in my business and interactions with my clients. If you need something done, just ask and if I can’t get it done, I will find you someone who can.

Getting more done in a day with help from a good VA can make your workload lighter, allow you time to breathe and focus on what you could be doing, instead of dreading what must be done. VAs are an excellent, can-do partner working with you to help you make your business more efficient so you can get back to doing what you do best and reminds you why you became a business owner.

Since 1998, Gazelle Simmons has been a Virtual Assistant helping other business owners to grow their businesses. Her business exists to make your business grow. Please feel free to call her at 912-225-3068, email her at [email protected] or view her website at http://www.admnsrvcs.com/ for more information.

About Gazelle Simmons

Since 1998, Gazelle Simmons has been a Virtual Assistant helping other business owners to grow their businesses. Her business exists to make your business grow. Please feel free to call her at 912-225-3068, email her at [email protected] or view her website at http://www.admnsrvcs.com for more information.

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