A virtual personal assistant (sometimes known as a ‘virtual concierge’ or the provider of a ‘virtual valet’ service) is essentially someone that provides personal assistance via the internet. The great benefit of having a virtual assistant is that it can save you (or your staff) a lot of time, and allow you to make better use of your time.
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How can you make use of virtual personal assistant? Think about the following services they can offer:
<li>Make bookings (e.g. – flights, restaurants, accommodation, repairs, kid’s birthday)
<li>Ordering supplies for your office or home.
<li>Research (e.g. – market research, job search, holiday options)
<li>Diary and/or email management
<li>Word processing (e.g. – tidying up documents).
<li>Web site administration (e.g. – checking content, comments, etc)
<li>Data entry (e.g.- building a marketing database, or entering account information)
<li>Mailings (e.g.- e-marketing, of postal marketing)
No doubt you could think of other uses.
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Such services offer a great benefit in the work place, and some companies now offer employees such a service as part of their package. Often virtual personal assistants are used instead of an in-house secretary.
How much does a virtual personal assistant cost? One of the most popular virtual assistant services (and ranked 2nd on Time magazines best websites) is offered by ‘Ask Sunday’. They 0ffer a number of pricing plans starting from around US$14 per hour. Even cheaper options are provided by outsourcing companies in India and elsewhere.
Perhaps the more important questions to ask are:
<li>How much use do I (we) have for a virtual personal assistant?
<li>How much is your time (or the time of your staff) worth?
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