The Evolving VAs of Today’s Digital Age

The rapid growth of technology and advancement of the World Wide Web opened boundless opportunities and possibilities to people around the globe. This aspect of modernization not only improved and developed new technological processes but also gave birth to a new breed of professionals called the Virtual Assistants or Virtual Specialists.

Historically, virtual assistants were merely providers of administrative and secretarial work by providing support services for someone over the phone or the internet. This meant that a virtual assistant could find themselves easily adapting to any business environment.  The demand for virtual team members was typically limited, naturally, since the role itself was limited. Fast forward to today – the roles of virtual assistants have become much more complex, broad, and dynamic. Virtual assistants are becoming more and more specialized across many different functional areas of a business. Essentially, they are getting better and better at what you need them for as well as becoming more well-rounded and adaptable to business needs.

The new breed of highly intelligent virtual specialists of today is not just capable of doing secretarial tasks but, rather, offer more varied skills that contribute greatly to a business. The roles that can be fulfilled can be anywhere from programming, graphic design and social media management to name a few. Not only this, these workers are able to build trust and good working relationships with their employers despite being halfway across the world. In today’s digital age, demand for highly-skilled virtual specialists that can easily build strong relationships are high. This is especially true in creative, tech and even medical industries. As we see the demand and relevance of virtual assistants grow, it would come as no surprise that there are more work opportunities for virtual assistants online than all the available jobs in a small country!

With the rise in demand of varied skill-sets across many different industries, it won’t be long before the business landscape sees the regular integration of virtual team members in local businesses. As business owners become more and more comfortable in working with virtual assistants, the role of a VA is shifting from having a limited role and being a limited resource to becoming a vital and integral part of any business. VAs could soon enough be effectively called, “virtual team members.”

(Click to enlarge)