Has anyone used or considered using virtual assistants (i.e. someone in a lower-cost-of-labor country working as a contractor) instead of or in addition to interns? I know lots of e-commerce sites and real estate brokers/agents use VAs in the Philippines to do customer support, build lead lists, schedule meetings, manage their individual email accounts, etc. Seems like a natural fit to at least augment the squads of interns at search funds.

Would love to hear opinions and/or experiences from anyone who's even just thought about using VAs!