Virtual assistants offer real services: entrepreneur

Everton McLean
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The recession is raging, but one local businesswoman says it could be an opportune time for her new virtual assistant business to thrive.

Renee Cornick, owner of Virtuacity, says her business aims to streamline administrative services for small- and medium-sized business.

Renee Cornick's new company offers business solutions via telephone, fax and e-mail as a virtual business assistant. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

The recession is raging, but one local businesswoman says it could be an opportune time for her new virtual assistant business to thrive.

Renee Cornick, owner of Virtuacity, says her business aims to streamline administrative services for small- and medium-sized business.

"It could be real-estate agents, independent contractors, or simply anybody who requires assistance managing the business," Cornick said.

She said the three assistants on staff provide services such as word processing, call answering, daily e-mail service, proof reading, and handling accounts - all from their homes via the Internet and telephones.

"It was an idea I came up with several years ago because of my own experience in the administration field. I did discover after some research that there is a virtual assistance industry out there," she said.

"It totally saves companies money and time so they can focus their efforts."

Cornick launched her business in January, and already some businesses have signed on. She said with the difficult global financial situation, many companies see hiring virtual assistants as a way to save money on office space and full-time staff.

"It's definitely an opportunity for us. For sure this recession is going to impact small and medium sized businesses and everyone generally," Cornick said.

"These types of services are available to businesses, who only pay for the time they require, and they do not pay for idle time, as with a traditional assistant."

As the business grows, she expects her payroll will, too. She said the positions are great for stay-at-home parents, because they can do the work from their homes.

emclean@thetelegram.com

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