:  “VAs are micro business owners who provide
administrative and possibly personal support while working in long-term
collaborative relationships with only a handful of terrific clients. Using
phone, fax, email, as well as other emerging technologies, VAs support their
clients’ needs, across the board, without having to ever step foot inside the
clients’ offices.”

Assistant Networking Forum definition:
"A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly-trained independent
entrepreneur who provides a myriad of administrative support services via the
Internet to meet the growing needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses worldwide."