A new and exciting business has erupted. The Virtual Assistant Industry is new and becoming very successful. A virtual office assistant is an independent contractor that is able to provide a company, large or small, with creative, technical, and administrative expertise. Through various means of advanced technology and services of data entry, the Virtual Assistant helps their clients on an as-needed basis. This type of service maybe contracted right out of the Virtual Assistants home. One venue that virtual assistants are being utilized is in the real estate industry. To be this type of Virtual assistant, it is important to check with the local state laws as to what duties are legally allowed to be performed. This is important because the legislation is very strict on certain duties that can be performed by an unlicensed individual.
There are many tasks that can be done by using a Virtual assistant that could free up time for the contractor to be able to run their business. The role of these types of independent contractors will vary from state to state. They may provide basic office management skills including answering telephones, data entry, setting appointments, and accounting. They may be more field oriented as setting up and showing the properties, helping in the closings. Again the duties will depend on the local laws. It is important when setting up services that you initially talk to the virtual assistant on the telephone. You will be able to get a feel of the person with a live conversation. Set up your expectations with the contractor at the beginning so there will be no confusion as to how you want your business to flow.
It is important to tell them when you want them to be available, when the best time to reach you may be, and the mode of communication. Communication between you and your virtual assistants maybe done simply through the internet system after the initial screening. Set deadlines and be strict with them. Ask that they only clock in when they are doing actual tasks related to your business and have them send you a daily log of the tasks performed. You will be able to maintain organization in running your business. Virtual assistants are a wonderful asset to business. With the changing times and technology, they may be the useful tools needed in helping your business into great success. You should expect nothing less than professional services, after all they are representing you and your business.