A Virtual Assistant is an independent contract worker who provides administrative, creative or technical services. This individual handles the same types of tasks as a secretary or office manager, but doing them from a home office, using their own computer equipment, software, phone and internet connection. Succeeding as a virtual assistant takes skill, contacts and personal organization. You have to be able to set your own work schedule, based on client needs and stick to it. You need to be able to produce high-quality work on your own. You’ll also need current technology, including a reliable computer, internet connection, phone with voice mail, fax, business and communications software and antivirus software. You’ll need to be proficient at using this software, along with e-mail, the internet and instant messaging.
A personal assistant helps with time and daily management, scheduling of meetings, correspondence, and note taking. The role of a personal assistant can be varied, such as answering phone calls, taking notes, scheduling meetings, emailing, texts etc. A personal assistant is someone that completes tasks the managers require whether personal or professional. They ensure that everything runs smoothly. Personal assistants (PAs) often act as the manager’s first point of contact with people from both inside and outside the organization. This means that their tasks and skills can often be divided into two fields of technical skills and personal skills. In addition to supporting managers, their team and departments, many PAs also have their own personal workload and responsibilities. The scope of the PA’s role can be extensive.
Event planners control an event from conception to clean up. They meet with clients to work out event details, plan with the client and their team, scout and book locations, food, entertainment, staff and cleanup. They create budgets and stick to them, as well as organize transportation, hire and wrangle keynote speakers or celebrities, hire A/V teams and equipment, and generally make sure the event runs smoothly, efficiently and handle any crisis that may come up.
Sherry is a highly professional virtual assistant who provides off-site administrative support for busy entrepreneurs, executives and smaller organizations.
After more than 15 years of administrative, legal, entertainment, educational and executive experience in the corporate world, Sherry found that she could provide a wide range of administrative and personal services to help clients effectively operate their business, manage their schedules . . . and do it all remotely — saving the client money and valuable time.
Sherry was a fantastic assistant. She was always there when I needed her. She was even there when I didn't realize I did, getting things done behind the scenes and keeping the office running smoothly. She was great at handling the details, customer service and took any challenge that came her way. She was one of the best assistants I worked with.