An Industry on the Rise: The Virtual Assistant

First introduced into the mass media in the late 1990’s the Virtual Assistant or VA has widely become popularized in this new dawn age of technology. In a nutshell, a virtual assistant is someone that works from home and completes any given task via the computer and or internet.

The typical virtual assistant can have a variety of backgrounds. Skills that are sought for by employers are; administrative and executive assistant, web page design, data entry, office manager, real estate services and transaction coordinators just to name a few.

Virtual assistants can be either self employed and work on their own, or they can work for a virtual assistant placement agency. This is an agency in which they work for and the agency will then do the placing for them. One such agency for example, is

This California based company has taken virtual assistant services to another level. Compared to other placement agencies, takes out the frustration, concern and time needed for the employer when choosing the right VA. As always having a large pool of highly qualified virtual assistants ready to be placed, does the hiring, training and monitoring of virtual assistants once they are placed to a business. This smooth process flow lets the employer focus on becoming more efficient, increase their workload and improve their bottom line.

The VA industry is becoming more and more popular these days and is sure to continue that way. There are a variety of reasons why the VA can outshine a regular employee but these are those most commonly stated from employers.

  • High level of skill and or education
  • Cheaper than hiring a regular employee
  • No need to provide office space
  • Communication and accountability are instant

In addition, this is a two way street. Not only is the employer content but the virtual assistant also comes out ahead as well. These are some reasons most commonly stated by virtual assistants of why this is a great new industry to work in.

  • Work from home
  • Higher pay
  • Challenging
  • Able to spend time with family


There are many virtual assistants out there but the key to finding your virtual assistant is knowing what you want. For the employer this is sometimes a hair-raising and frustrating experience especially those new to the industry and or concept. Many employers have chosen to use the services of to seamlessly transition a virtual assistant on to their team. To find out more info on virtual assistants go to their website at There you can find additional information and what steps are needed to hire the new member of your team.
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