More and more entrepreneurs and businessmen/businesswomen are turning to hire virtual assistants who manage their professional affairs, from travel plans, technical writing to bookkeeping and translation.
There are several reasons for this trend, firstly there are no overhead costs as you pay an hourly rate and don’t have to take care of medical and health insurance, etc. Next a virtual assistant is ideal for most businessmen who work while they are on the move and are constantly in touch with their office and clients through their online office.
While the numbers are not very clear as virtual assistant associations such as International Virtual Assistants Association and other companies do not want to reveal the strength of their members.
However a recent survey by Staffcentrix revealed some interesting statistics. 97% of virtual assistants were female and 50% of them were stay at home parents. About 40% of the virtual assistants also had a full time or a part time job.
Some of the services that virtual assistants offer include marketing and advertising, call centre support, database management, programming, systems management and academic writing. The average hourly charge for a virtual assistant ranged between $25 and $30. Of course the rate increased for specialized tasks such as translation and for VAs with more experience.
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