It’s important that you understand the benefits of having a Virtual Assistant. In the age of computers and the internet, anyone and anything can be accessed virtually anywhere and anytime; even the office space can be anywhere.
This is brought about by the advent of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Skype where a number of office services are moved online, and for some, overseas. At this age, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is the ‘in’ thing because of the internet – being able to outsource a number of specific job functions to a third party service provider that offers these services at a lower cost, usually from a manpower overseas.
On a smaller scale of the BPO industry are the Virtual Assistants; typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant.
A VA is an independent contractor who provides specialized services from administrative, technical, professional, or creative assistance to clients from a home office.
Clients also save the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. With a full range of options to choose from, clients can customize their remote receptionist service to meet their exact needs.
Calls can be screened, announced and seamlessly connected to clients or their employees anywhere.
Common modes of communication and data delivery for virtual assistants are through the Internet, e-mail, and specific websites. Professionals in this business work on a contract basis; usually per project basing on their skills presented.
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Hourly salary ranges from $8 – $13 depending on the tasks and skill requirement of the online worker. Getting into the outsourcing industry is quite simple though it might not be as easy.
For companies without any experience in hiring a virtual assistant, it is best to find a reliable virtual assistant staffing firm, to streamline the process and save time and money in the hiring process. For virtual assistants looking for a position in the industry, it is quite tricky as some placement sites charge fees in order to be placed. A virtual assistant must be diligent in finding vacancies online, and even on their local job posting sites.
The BPO industry is really beneficial for both parties (the company and the staff) as it is an avenue for small businesses to improve or expand their services while saving from a lot of expenses.
On the other hand, jobs are generated for online remote workers pay above board compared to local employment rates.