With near 100% internet coverage in the UK and the proliferation of increasingly powerful computers in the home, perhaps it's not surprising
https://whistlervalleybusiness.com Witness the birth of both the VA (Virtual Assistant) and the term Virtual Office Services. It is still predominately the domain of women, with a large proportion of mums preferring this approach to working in an office. By equipping themselves at home with a fast internet connection, telephone, PC and printer they can easily provide a basic secretarial service: telephone work, diary management, typing and more. And, they have flexibility in how and when they work.
But who are these people who ask you to trust them with your business admin?
The Virtual Assistant
VAs are a special breed. It's difficult enough just setting up on your own without also putting yourself in the firing line with demanding clients. So it's not surprising that many give up. But those that stick with it are usually professional, resilient, resourceful and capable people who know their job inside out.
However, being a VA brings with it an array of challenges:
The Boss is now a "client" ... who can be just as demanding
Their IT equipment is now their responsibility to manage and maintain
They have to cope working alone and with flexibility comes the need for self-discipline