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    De-buzzing Buzzwords: 8 Other Ways to Say Virtual Assistant

    Virtual assistants are not only workers of many talents but also workers of many different names! 

    If you're trying to get a virtual assistant on board but having a bit of pushback from your boss, then perhaps you need to change your approach—maybe a "remote team member" sounds better, or a "work-from-home assistant." Either way, the job remains the same, and the utility and resourcefulness of a virtual assistant are unmatched. 

    It's time to clear up the confusion and nail down some definitions in our new work-from-home world. 

    Check out a few other ways to refer to (for many real estate businesses) the driving workforce behind the administrative tasks that keep their businesses running efficiently. Plus, we look at a virtual assistant platform providing real estate businesses with quality remote assistants for company growth and unmatched success.

    8 Ways to Refer To Virtual Assistants 

    We use many phrases interchangeably to reference the thousands of skilled real estate virtual assistants available through the VPM Solutions platform. Maybe you've heard (or read) several of these different ways we refer to virtual assistants. 

    1. Remote Assistants

    The term remote assistant makes sense because, more than likely, the individual will be in another country. However, this doesn't mean they are any less capable of being efficient. On the contrary, remote assistants are attentive, highly trained, and results-focused. 

    The best remote assistants can be the talent your company needs to grow from afar!

    2. Virtual Contractors

    If you rely on remote assistants for more one-off jobs than on a consistent rolling basis, referring to them as contractors may make sense. While the label of virtual contractor still hits the virtual point, it makes it clear that the relationship is on a project-by-project or non-employee basis. It's like a virtual ninja coming in, getting the job done, and getting out again.  

    Happy smiling young female student using laptop at library3. Remote Team Members

    If you're looking to foster a more inclusive and collaborative workplace, "remote team member" is just the phrase you're looking for. There's no reason why virtual assistants can't share in the workplace culture and feel like they are a genuine part of the organization. 

    4. Virtual Team Member

    Providing much-needed support from the world wide web, "virtual team member" works well as a title because it hits all the key points. In addition, the role's virtual nature and the team's support make it a welcoming and close synonym.  

    5. Work-From-Home Assistant

    When you consider working from home, what do you think? Is it workers in their pajamas waking up two minutes before the working day begins and brewing a big pot of coffee to kick things off?

    While that scenario might not be the case for quality virtual workers, many virtual assistants are working from their place of residence. However, they usually work in a different time zone, meaning they can work from home effectively even if your in-office team is fast asleep! 

    Many bring the administrative support and attentiveness you'd expect from an in-office executive assistant. 

    Some common assistant-style jobs that virtual workers can tackle include: 

    They do all of these tasks (and more) from the comfort of their own house. 

    6. Non-Office Helper 

    Non-office helper works well because it describes the role of a virtual assistant to a tee. In addition, the word helper is vague enough to hit the many duties a remote assistant may take charge of while assisting your business. For example, they could be a helper with social media, booking, data management, customer service, research, report compiling, and much more. 

    It also has a nice ring—like a friend willing to give you a hand no matter where they are in the world. 

    7. Transaction Coordinator

    In this instance, we're using transaction coordinator as an example of an official-sounding title you can bestow upon your virtual assistant when they help with real estate transactions. 

    Many virtual assistants of today are highly skilled in several specific job capabilities. Therefore, your virtual assistant doesn't have to have a "virtual assistant" title at all. They can be a marketing manager, sales associate, customer service support agent, listings manager, client outreach, or whatever spot they may be filling in your organization. 

    Portrait of happy inquisitive young korean lady in yellow t-shirt sticks out ear and listens news8. Remote Consultant

    Speaking of official-sounding job titles, how about remote consultants

    "Let me pass you through to our remote consultant" gives an air of professionalism but is still accurate enough to inform clients that the support will be coming from an out-of-office individual. 

    Due to the expertise of virtual assistants in some cases, they can perform consulting services for your real estate business. 

    Could Your Workplace Benefit From a Remote Assistant?

    No matter the name, today's virtual assistants drive real estate businesses to new heights and are a strong force behind growth and productivity. 

    If you want to maintain your competitive edge, take care of a broader range of tasks, and free up your team to focus on high-level tasks, then a virtual assistant through VPM Solutions might be just what you're after. 

    Our pool of over 20,000 virtual assistants are highly trained and ready to take charge of any tasks that will help you grow your business. Get your Free Company Profile to discover the power a remote worker can have on your business today!