Believe it or not, I was asked this question recently. Twice in 24 hours, as a matter of fact.
Virtual Assistants are on the verge of becoming mainstream, but we seem to have a little way to go before everyone is clear on the concept of Virtual Assistants.
Wikipedia defines a Virtual Assistant as “an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients from a home office”.
Another site offers the definition: “A temporary worker hired as needed who performs tasks remotely”.
My definition: “A Virtual Assistant is an assistant who is hired to do administrative tasks you know you should do (but often avoid) to maintain and/or grow your business. Because a Virtual Assistant is not enmeshed in the stress and drama of your business, they complete these tasks 2 to 10 times faster than you can. VA’s work off-site, so they are neither in the way, nor do they become an excuse for distracting & unproductive chit-chat.”
You did notice that “brevity” was not in the description, right?