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Consider a Virtual Assistant
karl Hopson, Other, Bangladesh

By using a virtual assistant you can 'shave hours from your workweek'. But knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you're starting or growing a business or managing a large business.

Virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary.
Virtual assistants are increasing. Entrepreneur can use a virtual assistant for everything from making vendor or customer service calls to sending thank you cards to clients. Itís important and tough to build trust, just as you would with permanent employee. A virtual assistant can become a team member who just happens to work remotely.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ways to use a virtual assistant to improve your business:
  • BOOKKEEPING matters can be one of the easier things to assign to a virtual assistant. Many small businesses choose to share their bookkeeping systems with their virtual assistants.
  • INTERNET RESEARCH: You can easily farm out Internet research to virtual assistants. Common requests include finding information on corporate websites, exploring new products and business contacts.
  • DATABASE MAINTENANCE: Whether it's entering new business cards picked up at a conference or updating information for existing contacts, keeping databases current is a suitable task for virtual assistants.
  • CREATING PRESENTATIONS: Making a clear PowerPoint presentation or summarizing research findings in a Word document can be a huge timesaver when prepping for meetings
  • EMAIL FILTERING: To keep you from wasting time in your email inbox, some virtual assistants will filter your most important emails and respond to the rest on your behalf.
  • SMALL PERSONAL MATTERS: Virtual assistants can be a good to handle tasks such as writing holiday cards or sending thank you notes.
  • TRAVEL: Virtual assistants are a great way for finding hotels, booking airfares and mapping out travel roads both for business.
. 7-2-2017

Difference Virtual and Real Assistant
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks for sharing your interesting topic.
What are in your view the PROs and CONs of having a virtual assistant compared to a real, physical management assistant? 15-2-2017

PROs and CONs of Having a Virtual Assistant Compared to a Real, Physical Management Assistant
karl Hopson, Other, Bangladesh
There are so many PROs and CONs of having a virtual assistant compared to a real, physical management assistant. But I point out some of importent things:
1. The effectiveness of your working relationship with a VA would depend on the effectiveness of your communication. But it is easier to communicate with real management assistant
2. Time zone differences. Assuming you can contract the services of a VA outside your time zone. You can't do this with real management assistant
3. Your administrative staff isn't in the same office as you. But real management assistant are in the same office.
4. Virtual staff comes with their own computer workstations, equipment and software: no extra office space, no extra desks, no computers and no software licenses required. But for real management assistant, you need to set everything those are costly. 15-2-2017

Consider a Virtual Assistant
azael Lopez, Director, Honduras
(CON's)With virtual assistants it is necessary a confidential agreement considering the information (even if it is only personal) you have to share with them.
(CON's) If a discussion is needed (no matter how short it is) time has to be invested and when doing it either by phone or computer is not easy to communicate efficiently as with a real one in front of you.
(CON's) Are the virtual asistants always available?..
(PRO's) Probably you save also severance payments depending on the type of contract you signed with them.
(s) Is it really cheaper? In relation to space & hardware versus time at hand in the office when you want to have your Real one every hour to handle so many things as book keeping, Internet research, database maintenance, small matters, mail filtering etc.. Since all are needed in a bussiness or will you contract one VA for every subject?... Unless it is full time with you. . 16-2-2017

Virtual Assistant
karl Hopson, Other, Bangladesh
Your point is right. But as a professional VA, S/he know the difficulties or problems. But also s/he know the way to solve.
** VAs working as a personal administrative. So S/he can share with VA, because of doing his or her work. So you need to share those information that are need to doing for work.
** I don't think so, it's not hard to understand, if VA is experience.Also it is quick understandable by video call it's like face to face. So it, s not hard things.
** VA is working not for his or her own time zoon. He or she working for your time zoon. So it is easy to communicate.
Also it is cheaper then real. After office time you can, t use real administrative but you can use VA for your work.
As a VA s/he need to be always on online, because s/he knows it is the best way to communicate with client, owner, entrepreneur. 16-2-2017


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