ELGIN, SC – Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are overwhelmed with the day-to-day administrative tasks required to run a successful business venture. According to the Small Business Administration, 99.9 percent of the 26.8 million businesses in the U.S. in 2006 were classified as small businesses (500 employees or less) – 52% of those were home-based businesses. Very few home-based businesses have space for an employee. Add to that the privacy issues involved with having a stranger working in your home. That leaves most small businesses struggling to complete necessary daily administrative tasks just to keep the business afloat.
Enter the virtual assistant. What is a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant (VA) is a business owner who works from their own office providing professional support, services and skills to their clients via phone, fax and internet based technology. Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles, and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to achieve. A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business.
While the term “virtual assistant” is foreign to many, business professionals such as real estate agents and professional speakers have been using virtual assistants for years. VAs can handle virtually every administrative task for your business, such as typing general correspondence, bookkeeping, travel arrangements and even taking care of holiday cards and gifts. The tasks performed by most VAs are almost limitless, and geographic locations are not an issue. With today’s technology – computers, unlimited long distance, fax machines, e-mail and high speed internet – under most circumstances, there is almost no reason your assistant needs to be on-site. Even companies with traditional on-site employees can benefit from the services of a VA for overflow work and special projects.
Sherra Scott, virtual assistant and owner of Quality Practice Management Solutions, www.QualityVA.com, discovered the term “Virtual Assistant” when the company she worked for downsized and asked her to begin handling their administrative work from home. Ms. Scott is a Certified QuickBooks® User and is a member of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA), and the Southeastern Virtual Assistant Group (SEVAG).
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If you would like more information about this topic or would like to schedule an interview with Sherra Scott, please call Ms. Scott at (803) 438-8508 or e-mail Ms. Scott at [email protected].