(PRWEB) October 19, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tana Woodward
Phone: (250) 970-0015
Virtual Assistants Have Arrived in Canada!
PRINCE GEORGE, BC - Virtual assistants have arrived in Canada. And what are Virtual Assistants? Virtual Assistants (aka VAÂs) are the ideal solution for business owners who are overwhelmed with administrative tasks and the high costs associated with running a successful business.
VAÂs are independent business people who work from their own home offices, using their own computer equipment, fax machines, scanners, printers. Therefore, their clients save the expense of purchasing computers, office space, furniture and training. There are no employee benefits, vacation pay or coffee breaks to pay for; VAÂs charge only for the time it takes to complete a project.
Virtual Assistants are different from a Âstore-frontÂ typing service because they prefer to ÂpartnerÂ with other professionals in the business community, i.e. home-based business, small business, and independent professionals. They take the time to learn about their clientsÂ businesses, offer suggestions based on their own experiences and strive to build a solid, friendly working relationship with their clients to become an integral part of their clientÂs business. As Tana Woodward of Tana Woodward & Associates (http://www.virtualofficeservices.ca) says, ÂI love learning, organizing and taking on new challenges and it is extremely rewarding when my experience can benefit someone else in growing their own business.Â A successful Virtual Assistant is constantly learning, upgrading their skills and researching in anticipation of their clientsÂ needs.
VAÂs are service-oriented professionals with extensive knowledge of the latest computer software, and years of experience in a variety of office environments, who have chosen self-employment. Their services range from word processing, data entry, spreadsheets and transcription to more diverse services such as event planning, travel arrangements and research. Other VAÂs prefer to specialize in the areas of website design, desktop publishing and bookkeeping. Virtual Assistants are willing to take on a number of tasks specific to their clientsÂ needs. VAÂs are entrepreneurs themselves and this ensures that they provide top-quality services because if their clientÂs business prospers as a result of their services, then the Virtual AssistantÂs business succeeds as well.
Although Virtual Assistants are a relatively new to Canada, estimates suggest there are as many as 500 virtual assistants practicing in this country.
One of the challenges for this new Âcutting-edgeÂ profession is creating awareness within the business community about the benefits of working with Virtual Assistants. Two organizations have recently been created to support the Canadian Virtual Assistant profession. Canadian VA Network founder, Michelle Jamison (http://www.canadianva.net) says Âthe Canadian Virtual Assistant Network (CVAN) is dedicated to bringing further awareness to the profession of Virtual Assisting in Canada and around the world. Our Network community is made up of virtual assistants across Canada who have common goals and is about creating a supportive community, sharing knowledge and resources, and demonstrating professionalism at all times.Â
Similarly, the goal of the CVA Success Group (http://www.cvasuccess.com) is to Âsupport fellow Canadian Virtual Assistants with meetings, workshops, and events Canada-wide to be held in each province where VA's are located.ÂÂ .. ÂIt is the goal of CVA Success to provide Virtual Assistants, based in Canada, a place to hang out... chat with others...learn from others... and work together to make the industry and all VA's the next best thing to cell phones.Â
Both these organizations provide resources, teleclasses, mentoring and supportive environments for Virtual Assistants. Additionally, each website has a directory of member VAÂs, a useful tool for potential clients seeking a Virtual Assistant with particular skills.
And who is the right VA? When someone decides theyÂd like to work with a VA, they can search these directories, call several of the Virtual Assistants listed, outline their expectations and exchange ideas to find the VA that fits their personality and work ethic. Not all Virtual Assistants are created equally and it may take speaking with several to find the one with whom you can build a successful working relationship. It is important that the Virtual Assistant projects a professional image, produces quality work and more importantly, that the VA and client work well together.