What is a secretary?

j0255305Very often I receive telephone enquiries from customers saying ‘I have around 20+ handwritten pages that I would like typed into a Word document, do you do that sort of thing?’.  I reply ‘yes I do provide that service and would you like to provide some additional information, so that I can provide the correct service you require’.  People are surprised at the numerous ways a Virtual Assistant can help them solve their every day Admin tasks.   E.g. Typing, Data Entry, Transcriptions, Book-keeping, Mail, Telephone, Admin, etc. 

Outsourcing projects to a professional and highly skilled Virtual Assistant is economical and beneficial to any company. The project could involve a PowerPoint Presentation for a meeting, Formatting a Business Plan, Invoicing, Data entry in Excel, etc. 

Wikepedia definition of “secretary”:  The term is derived from the Latin word secernere, “to distinguish” or “to set apart,” the passive participle (secretum) meaning “having been set apart,” with the eventual connotation of something private or confidential. A secretarius was a person, therefore, overseeing business confidentially, usually for a powerful individual.

I am curious to know what people think a Secretary’s role is and what a Virtual Assistant’s role is.  Email me on jordonml@bigpond.net.au and I look forward to your reply.

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About Mary Jordon

Professional and highly skilled Secretary, providing online help with typing. Assists clients in Australia and also USA and UK with formatting documents and transcription of audio recordings - research focus groups, academic, legal/medical. Skilled in Word Processing, Web applications, Transcriptions, Resumes, Writing letters and reports, formatting Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations, Newsletters, Blog management, Social Media management. Online Monday to Saturday xpressonline@bigpond.com.
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