Virtual Assistant

 

Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Cindy Garcia:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

I worked half from an office and half from home prior to working fully virtual so I was getting a taste of what it was like to be virtual but wasn’t 100% virtual yet. In 2011, we moved due to my husband’s promotion. Now having moved we were alone with the kids and needed something so that we were able to be with the kids, so I decided to go into virtual assisting to be able to spend more time with my family.

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Virtual work has become a movement across the boards. Although the term originated in the early 1990’s, it has now evolved into something much bigger. There are virtual workers in almost any sector working for administrative purposes, accounting, social media and marketing, and many other niches.

Companies that both have been a part of the virtual career world are no longer the only companies employing virtuals and now many in-office type positions are allocating some of their work to virtuals as well.

While virtual work has become almost a buzzword, there is still a question about what is a virtual assistant or what components make up what a virtual assistant position actually entails. We wanted to clear this up so here is what a virtual assistant is and what virtual administration in any form entails.

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person running on subway platform for virtual assistant blog photoYou are either looking at hiring a virtual assistant or have just done so but you haven’t utilized an employee or contractor through an exclusively virtual format. How do you manage them?

We will examine some best practices on how to proceed through the unfamiliar territory of virtual assistant services. The keys are the same as applied to traditional employees: communication, organization, process and procedure. Continue Reading

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