Definition from ivaa.org: "A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis."
This legitimate and professional work at home option is one of the first ideas I pursued while looking into how to make money online. What ultimately turned me away, for now, was the corporate feel and intense customer service of becoming a VA. I had just finished an 18 year stint with Corporate America and really wanted to try some other directions. I was impressed with some of the companies I found, and I would encourage you to explore the links below if you are interested in doing some of your own research into this work at home opportunity.
Alliance for Virtual Businesses
Deskdemon VA Index
International Association of Administrative Professionals
Virtual Assistant Startups
Virtual Assistance U
Work The Web
And finally, if you need to brush up on your skills check out Microsoft Learning.
Have you worked as a VA? If so, what have been your experiences?