Monday, September 21st, 2009

ADELAIDE, SA – Changes in the economy, coupled with statistics on rising corporate and government unemployment, have indirectly assisted in the phenomenal growth of an up-and-coming industry -- Virtual Assisting. Virtual Assistants (VAs) are highly skilled entrepreneurs. As a member of this virtual industry phenomena, Hendon resident, Denise Marron, of FastFingers Typing Service...Your Virtual Admin Assistant, will attend this year’s October 1-3, 4th Annual Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC); specifically designed to enhance the ability of attendees to increase business and combat economic obstacles.

As attendees participate from the comfort of their homes, via their Internet-connected computers, they forego travel/airport hassles, airfare costs, hotel bills, the high cost of registration fees and even the fatigue traditionally associated with Conventions. More importantly, they access communication and technology training and are able to network with their peers, without leaving family and business.

“The Convention brings together VAs from around the globe and provides low cost training and extensive networking opportunities that are second to none,” says Sharon Williams, OIVAC founder. “Today’s down-turned economy is having a global effect and this online, interactive convention provides communication and technology training, workshops and networking opportunities that increase business growth at relatively low costs.” Visitors can also frequent online exhibitor halls and spend time interacting with VA and non-VA industry vendors in VoIP and text-compatible meeting rooms.” Connecting to the Convention and like-minded Administrative Professionals is as easy as plugging in a headset, a microphone and an Internet accessible computer.

Virtual Assisting is the fastest growing home-based business phenomena of the 21st century, which is not surprising given the many cost-effective and timesaving benefits of using a VA. The list of tangible and non-tangible benefits associated with hiring a VA is extensive and all-inclusive. The biggest advantage is the elimination of the accumulation of costs associated with providing employee benefits, paying taxes, purchasing furniture and equipment, the additional costs often associated with training opportunities and the burden of overhead for additional office space.

“As Independent Contractors and Entrepreneurs, Virtual Assistants are responsible for paying their own benefits, insurance, taxes, and other associated costs. A VA works from a fully functional, furnished office and provides their own equipment, technologies, software, etc. VAs are paid only for time spent on a task and utilise time-tracking software that records duration and billing information associated with the assignment. As a result, the client is not charged for downtime, breaks, lunch or time away from the office when emergencies occur, etc.” shares Ms Williams.

“The industry has exploded; small business owners can experience significant savings in both time and money by hiring a Virtual Assistant”, says Ms Marron, whose company specialises in providing professional, online typing and administrative support to not-for-profit organisations and training consultants, small businesses, entrepreneurs, college and university students, job seekers and individuals. Ms Marron originally conceived the idea for her business in May 2009, starting her business in order to facilitate need and assist people and organisations to achieve their full potential, whilst contributing to the principles of social inclusion. 

Since 1996, thousands of Administrative Professionals around the world have taken the necessary steps to become highly successful VAs. This year’s Convention focuses on the importance of keeping current with technology and communication in an extremely lucrative VA business.

For more information about this year’s Convention, visit

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FastFingers Typing Service

FastFingers Typing Service…Your Virtual Admin Assistant provides proficient and cost-effective administrative support to organisations and individuals in order to facilitate need and contribute to the principles of social inclusion.
Denise Marron
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A local South Australian entrepreneur is "Enhancing Learning" at the Online International Virtual Assistant Convention.


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