What the Heck is a Virtual Assistant? | Creative Ravens | Maryland Small Business Blog



What the Heck is a Virtual Assistant? | Creative Ravens | Maryland Small Business Blog


If you follow us on any of our social media accounts, you probably know by now that we're now offering virtual assistant services to small business owners! We're very excited about this new venture 2 Odd Ravens Creative Services, LLC is jumping into, and we can't wait to start helping more small business owners (particularly those who create cool stuff) reach their full potential!

While that all sounds wonderful, I wouldn't be surprised if you were currently asking yourself what a virtual assistant even is. There is no judgement here if you don't know. "Virtual assistant" is a term we've been hearing for years, but never really gave much thought to until recently.  In short, a virtual assistant is essentially a Jack(or Jane)-of-all-trades who provides operational help to other businesses... virtually. They help to make those businesses run as smoothly and efficiently as possible; thus, they are magical creatures put on this earth to make life easier for other business owners.

Virtual assistants can offer a wide variety of services ranging from administrative tasks like calendar management, email management/filtering, and customer support, to event planning, web design and logo design, and e-course/webinar development. The sky really is the limit when it comes to the various tasks virtual assistants can complete.  Most VAs have a list of services that they offer to their clients, and if you don't see a service that you're interested in listed on their list, they still might be able to help out. The best way to find out is to ask!


As far as pricing is concerned, each virtual assistant is different. Some charge hourly, while others charge per project, and then there are others who charge by service (our pricing is based on services, as we feel this is the most straightforward method for clients AND ourselves). There are also VA companies where you can purchase a certain amount of time per month for services.

Ok, to recap...
  • Virtual assistants are people who help with the operation of a business
  • Virtual assistants are awesome
  • We are now offering virtual assistant services and would love to meet with business owners
  • There are tons of different services that VAs can offer, and there are many different types of VAs (admin, design, event planners, etc.)
  • Pricing varies tremendously from VA to VA and from service to service

We hope that you have a better understanding of what the heck a virtual assistant is, and how one can be helpful to you. If you'd like to find out more about our services, please refer to our list of offerings or email us at hello@creativeravens.com so you can schedule your complimentary consultation.

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  1. Yup. I’ve used a virtual assistant before, inspired by The 4 Hour Workweek. Outsource tedious jobs for cheap labor.

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    1. Was having a VA beneficial to you? I wouldn't say that all VAs are cheap labor. In my opinion, a good VA is an investment in your business that could save a business owner money in the long run because he or she can increase productivity.

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  2. I've worked in tow companies that used virtual assistants and we found it to be extremely effective.

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    1. I bet they were very useful for the companies!

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  3. Seeing how much time social media takes up definitely makes me appreciate the amount of time virtual assistants put in!

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    1. Social media management is no small task! You're absolutely right!

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  4. I have only become aware of what a virtual assistant was in the past couple of months! I am getting to the point I may need one soon 😣

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  5. This is such a great opportunity for stay at home moms! i'll need to add this as an option for my moms making money at home section!

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    1. Stay at home moms and college students! Really, it's great for anyone who needs scheduling flexibility.

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  6. The world has become a global village and opportunities now abound beyond the shores of our countries. VA has been a tool for getting jobs done and wealth creation for people irrespective of their location. I enjoyed using it.

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    1. It really is amazing how many opportunities there are for virtual work!

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  7. Just what I am looking for! I need to learn how to delegate to accomplish all the tedious aspects of the small business world. A virtual assistant could save so much time.

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    1. It is pretty tough putting your trust in someone else when it comes to manages something as precious as your business, but it feels really good when you mesh really well with someone who wants your business to strive!

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  8. I've toyed with the idea of using a VA for things that I don't understand how to do. So far, I've figured out most of what I've needed, but it's always at the back of my mind.

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    1. It is totally possible to figure out how to do some things on your own, but how much time do you lose out on when you could quickly, and easily outsource?

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  9. I still dont really understand the need for a virtual assistant maybe if someone broke down all the perks and gains of having one I would be interested. I learned by just trial and error.

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    1. A virtual assistant is valuable to have because he or she increases productivity. This is because they are someone that work can be delegated to, to free up time for the business owner to do other things. It really isn't always to have them do tasks that one is incapable of (although plenty of tasks are outsourced to VAs because the person hiring may not be knowledgeable in a certain skill). Hiring a VA is often about improving on time management, helping to fill in the gaps a business owner might have, and saving the business money in the long run. VAs are often office managers, e-course developers, graphic designers, social media gurus, researchers, customer support personnel, etc. and because they work virtually (and often as contractors), the expense to hire a VA is very minimal. One way to figure out how a VA would be beneficial to you as a business owner is to see where ever your business might be struggling. Chances are, there is a VA who specializes in that area who could help you succeed.

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  10. I've been thinking about getting a virtual assistant lately but I struggle with being a control freak! But now I'm thinking I need one! This was very helpful thank you!

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  11. Thank you for sharing such a amazing content that give the basic idea of virtual assistant services and its benefits.

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  12. I have hiring a virtual assistant in Wyoming and I hired a virtual estate from HR Tech LLC and it was very beneficial for me as well as for my business.

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