It is almost the end of 2017 and just by merely looking around, it is plain to see that any industry present in the global market can improve their operational deficiencies and productivity, in addition to increasing their income while decreasing operational expenses by hiring the services of Virtual Assistants or Virtual Staff.
Virtual Assistants’ positive impact can be appreciated in companies ranging in all sizes; start-ups, small, mid-sized or large.
There is no denying though that there are some industries out there that have a big advantage over others. This advantage is due to the nature of these companies’ operations and their ease in converting their data and taking their tasks to a digital environment, allowing them to fully capitalize and take advantage of the many business strategies Virtual Assistants can develop and implement to improve their bottom line. We would like to show you what we think are the top industries that could most benefit by using the services of Virtual Assistants, but first let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how the concept of Virtual Assistants came to be.
History of Virtual Assistants
While the concept of Virtual Assistants can be quite novel to many business owners, it is known to many across the 7 continents. It is in fact a movement or trend that dates back to the early 1800’s in England with Sir Isaac Pitman.
It all started when Sir Isaac Pitman founded the first school specializing in Secretarial Services. Due to the political and social issues in England at the time, the school was only open to men, and only men were allowed to provide such Secretarial Services. It wasn’t until the 1840’s once typewriters were invented, that women were allowed to join the Secretarial work force. By the 1930’s due to factors such as wars, and once again gradual social and political changes, caused a dramatic decrease in the number of men providing Secretarial Services. In the 1980’s the closest thing you could have in an office to a Virtual Assistant would be a person who could take calls and manage faxes. In 1994 with the rise of the Internet the industry of Secretarial Service took an interesting and revolutionary turn and had the branching out into what we know today as Virtual Assistant Services. The term Virtual Assistant was created by Anastacia Brice and Thomas Leonard during a conference call in 1996. They were both individuals who were already working from home offices and were providing Virtual Services but didn’t have a term for it.
The days of hiring full-time personal assistants or full-time staff have been slowly but surely disappearing. Advances in technology such as computers, internet, VOIP communications, video conferencing, business intelligence software, CRM software, larger data storage, cloud-based tools and much more, have made it easier to hire remote assistance with successful results. Technology together with Virtual Assistants have helped many companies explore and develop different avenues of business, helping reach business growth.
The industry of Virtual Services has grown exponentially and departed from the side of its mother, the Secretarial Services profession founded during the days of Sir Isaac Pitman nearly 200 years ago, and created in itself a very unique distinction that showcased its identity to the whole world. From only being a sub-industry of the Secretarial Services industry, it has come to equal the profession, and then later surpassed it in measures far beyond those of what the core profession could put forward or even imagine. Today, the work of Virtual Assistants is receiving more and more demand of its services in the business world, as there is a growing amount of companies that are opting to go for the services of Virtual Assistants. They have come to realize that hiring a Virtual Assistant is more beneficial than hiring an in-house Personal Secretary, This is attributed to two major economic reasons; hiring a Virtual Assistant is more cost effective and the efficiency of work is more easily achieved.