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Virtual Assistant -- Tawnya Sutherland, VAnetworking.com
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Virtual Assistant -- Tawnya Sutherland, VAnetworking.com

As business owners have become more comfortable working virtually, and work/life balance has increasingly become a necessity, the demand for virtual assistants has grown significantly. Tawnya Sutherland would know -- five years ago she started VAnetworking.com, the largest online social network for virtual assistants, which has seen membership triple in the past year to over 10,000 and revenue exceed $150,000. She created the site as a space for fellow virtual assistants to share information, exchange ideas, and discuss industry best practices. Sutherland maintains that "VAs are a really diversified group that can do just about anything." And, in addition to saving business owners the cost of having an in-office employee, "it relieves you as a business owner to work on the thing that you're most interested in doing."