International Virtual Assistants Day has been observed on the third Friday of May since 2006.
Virtual assistants are independent contractors who work remotely either by themselves or with a team of experts.
What does it mean to work remotely?
Usually working from their home office they provide administrative and/or technical support for clients in a variety of industries.
Virtual assistants own their own business and work independently or assemble a versatile team of other virtual independent contractors. The members of the group work independently, have shared interests and use technology to communicate and collaborate. Virtual teams bring together people with the best expertise, regardless of where they live.
When working remotely or working as part of a virtual team you rely on email, instant messaging, and video chat to communicate.
“As technology continues to evolve, implementing telecommuting policies will become easier—leading your business to save money on overheads, while keeping employee retention high thanks to a better work/life balance.” Global Telework 2016 Survey Results