Virtual Assistants are administrative support staff that works out of their own offices and assist small business owners, telecommuters and executives. Virtual Assistants are independent contractors, and therefore are expected to provide their own office equipment and workspace. Typically, they are paid on 1099's and have to handle their own taxes. Through the use of modern technology, Virtual Assistants can provide many of the same services as in-house administrative assistants from remote locations.
Many small businesses with limited funds find that Virtual Assistants offer convenience and value for some of the following reasons:
- Lower costs because of no employee-related taxes, paperwork, insurance, or benefits
- Virtual Assistants have their own office space and equipment costs.
- Pay by project or hourly based on the time spent.
- Ability to add extra staff during seasonal or peak times.
- Support on as needed basis, with fast turn around time.
- Round-the-clock schedules available.
Read a comment from a reader at JibberJobber who offered these resources for those who want to consider becoming a Virtual Assistant.
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As with all career options you explore when reentering the workforce, be careful and do the required due diligence. Be wary of services that are collecting up front fees.