Apr 24, 2012
SAN ANTONIO—The virtual assistant career path is so alluring that one teacher has walked away from a 15-year career to launch her own virtual assistant company.
Michelle Gutierrez, a former teacher and mother of two, just launched Ms. Hoverfly in San Antonio. Guitierrez can now work from the comfort of her virtual office as she provides administrative assistance to clients around the country.
Guitierrez’s launch is a good time to review the benefits of using a virtual assistant, which include:
Customer only pays virtual assistants only for time on task
Virtual assistants don’t take up your office space, equipment, furniture, or supplies
A virtual assistant is available to handle seasonal or special, one-time projects
A regular virtual assistant gets to know your business and brings that knowledge to each and every assignment
A virtual assistant is available when a business’ current staff gets overloaded
A virtual assistant is self-employed
You don’t have to pay virtual assistants medical, dental, and vision care benefits
Virtual assistants don’t get vacation, sick, and holiday time to pay
Do you work from a virtual office? Need a virtual assistant? There are many independent virtual assistants looking for business, as well as companies that provide you with the virtual assistants you need. Word of warning: get referrals. I’ve used virtual assistants for years and they are hit and miss.