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Forget ‘Man Men’ Secretaries – Virtual Assistants are the Way of the Future

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In a move to save costs and keep up with an increasingly digital workforce, many companies are hiring virtual assistants to take on roles that once were located firmly in the office.

Working as a virtual assistant can be a way to continue working with a woman on maternity leave, or even make the office more global. A training program has even arisen in the U.K. for “VAs” as the jobs have become more plentiful.

Virtual assistants can help executives or businessmen complete a variety of tasks, not just administrative – it could include everything from web design to personal concierge services. Because they are paid by the task and don’t require office space, they reduce overhead for businesses.

“The virtual assistant industry is in an interesting place,” said Terri Orlowski, marketing director for the International Virtual Assistants Association. “It’s growing, changing, and becoming more versatile and valuable to small business owners.”

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