All you need to know about virtual assistants summarised
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a person who is a virtual assistant is hired to do the same job as an assistant - except remotely. Businesses and entrepreneurs hire assistants to handle a diverse range of tasks that could include: personal tasks (making reservations at a restaurant or booking a hotel room), report preparation, digital marketing, social media management, and so on.
Virtual assistants exist to enable a smoother running of businesses by handling the gritty and mundane details so you can focus on the bigger picture.
They can be hired by the hour instead of employing a full-time and on-site assistant. This way assistants are accessible to everyone.
A quick Google search brings up sites where you can “shop” for virtual assistants from a marketplace - among them are sites such as Upwork and Freelance My Way. There are also online agencies that provide you with a virtual assistant who is suitable for your needs; like Samurai Force.
Most provide packages that are quite flexible and based on the total number of hours the virtual assistant will be in your employ. This way, you can sample the services of a virtual assistance by purchasing a small package of a few hours to see how it works for you.
The most important upkeep a virtual assistant needs is through rigid communication.
This can be done through software specially for the task - examples include communication software, or security software to store passwords on. The list goes on.
With the obvious exception of certain types of tasks, the benefit a virtual assistant can bring to you is limited by your imagination.