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'WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?'

Like the majority of their clients, virtual assistants are entrepreneurs - highly skilled in their profession and able to have a powerful impact on the productivity of those they work with. Traditionally, they have been known by many names: "secretaries," "administrative assistants," "executive assistants" or "bookkeepers." But in an age where technology has made the world a much smaller place, and where more professionals are working from their homes or in satellite offices, the former "assistant" has become "virtual" -- and thanks to the Internet, global.
The concept is still somewhat new, but it works so well that it has been embraced by the online community. A virtual assistant (or "VA") can ensure that the entrepreneur who is working in a remodeled bedroom or attic in their home has access to all of the support benefits enjoyed by a business person in the corner office of a major corporation - without having to hire any employees!

Work assignments are communicated through e-mail, phone, fax, mail, diskette transfer, and real-time online messaging. The services offered by VAs vary from one individual to the next, based on their area of expertise. In addition to administrative support, many VAs offer other, more-specialized skills.

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