A Virtual Assistant (also know for short as a VA), is an independent contractor who provides administrative, technical, and personal assistance to clients virtually on an as needed basis. Clients tend to be entrepreneurs and other small business owners such as coaches, realtors, alternative healthcare practitioners, and more. The type of work offered by Virtual Assistants vary quite a bit.
Virtual Assistants work from their own offices. They do not have set hours and have flexible schedules. Communication between client and virtual assistant occurs via the phone, email and Skype. A Virtual Assistant is a contractor NOT an employee. Some Virtual Assistants work on a retainer. Others work only the hours you need. It depends on the type of work you are needing and the Virtual Assistant’s personal preference.
Virtual Assistant’s hourly rate varies greatly depending on the skill level of the person, experience and project needed.