What is a virtual assistant?
Although the traditional idea of an assistant is an employee who comes to your office and uses the tools you provide, a virtual assistant is an independent contractor who does your work from her own office, using her equipment.
With the ease of being able to conduct so much business through email and other online tools, a virtual assistant fits right in with our “on the move” society these days. I may not sit right outside your office with a steno pad, but I am virtually just as accessible, if not more so, given my flexibility with working hours.
Consider me your “on-call secretary.” While I can’t pick up your dry cleaning, call on me for the thousand and one other details that I can help you with to make your own time more productive and profitable.
A few interesting articles about virtual assistance:
“How to Choose a Virtual Assistant” (Passion for Business)
“Virtual Assistants in Higher Demand” (Washington Post)
“10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant” (Entrepreneur)
What is a legal virtual assistant?
There is a reason legal assistance is a specialized field. If you’re an attorney, besides needing someone who can transcribe your dictation, you may want assistance in drafting pleadings and client status letters, or someone who can perform legal research, calendar limitations, schedule hearings and depositions, etc.
See this article I wrote on the subject, “What Makes a Legal Virtual Assistant Special?“
Do you work only for attorneys?
No way. And there are many other services I offer besides basic secretarial or legal assistance. See Services page.
How can you save me money?
Let me count the ways…
What don’t you pay for with a virtual assistant?
- Employment taxes
- Vacation or sick time
- Insurance and other benefits
- Profit sharing or retirement funds
- My office space or equipment
- Daydreaming, coffee breaks and other “down” time
What do you pay for with a virtual assistant?
- An hourly rate paid only for work strictly done on your behalf.
Use me as little or as much as you need. I’m available when you need me, but out of your way when you don’t.
For an article on this topic, see “Cost Comparison between Office Assistant and Virtual Assistant” (Your Virtual Resource)
Do you have backup?
Yes. Another very experienced and qualified virtual assistant and I have agreed to be backup for each other. Therefore our clients have the convenience and assurance that they will always be covered.
Are there any requirements on my end?
You can take a look at my Contract for Services here. Otherwise, there is no required equipment or software needed to work with me other than what you want to use for dictation.
How do I get dictation to you for transcription?
The simplest way is for you to e-mail the audio file dictated via a digital hand held recorder or cell phones, but these kind of details can be worked out for your convenience.
What software do you use?
Besides the traditional word processing, spreadsheet, billing, desktop publishing, pdf creation and website design software I regularly use, I master new software easily. If you’d like to work regularly with me and need me to use a software not listed here, contact me and we can talk.
Is my work kept confidential?
Absolutely. I take confidentiality very seriously and I will never discuss you, your business or your clients with anyone, period. I have a Confidentiality Agreement available here or you can provide me with your own for signature.
Where are you located?
My home base is in Austin, Texas; but I have a serious love of travel and that’s one of the things I love about virtual assistance – I can assist clients no matter where they are or where I happen to be at the moment.
How do I contact you?
Call me at 512-470-3936 or email to Malia [@] AboveTheBarVA.com (replace the [@] with @ and remove spaces). (I do my best to confound the spam robots.) 🙂