The economic meltdown is actually giving a boost to the fast-growing job sector of virtual assistants, 10TV's Angela An reported on Monday.
Tiffany Odutoye, of Granville, has been a virtual assistant for six years, and she can do just about anything for a company from the confines of her home, 10TV's Angela An reported.
"Anything from administration, answering phones, scheduling, appointment calendaring, all the way up to social media consulting, which I do as a niche," Odutoye said. "Helping businesses launch their business on the Web and internet marketing."
In addition to her clients in central Ohio, Odutoye said she works for companies based as far away as Arizona.
According to Odutoye, her industry is taking off because companies no longer want to pay for full-time staff.
"With a VA, you only pay for the time we actually spend on your project," Odutoye said.
Companies are not the only one's looking to virtual assistants for help. Odutoye said that people searching for jobs turn to virtual assistants for resume help. Even some people who are out of work are becoming virtual assistants themselves.
It is estimated that 40,000 virtual assistants are working around the world, An reported.
Odutoye said people interested in getting a virtual assistant should check a person's credentials before signing them up, An reported.
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