\u201cI am the queen of multitasking,\u201d says Kathy Berona, owner of Executive Virtual Assistance, a home-based business that provides administrative help. A former administrator for an IT consulting firm, Berona started EVA in 2001 because she was bored and under-challenged.Now she works for 10 different tech company executives each day, managing their schedules and travel arrangements, conducting research, ordering office supplies\u00a0- even sending the occasional flower arrangement.\u201cI save my clients thousands each year because they only pay me for what I produce,\u201d Berona says. \u201cI learn their businesses and handle the day-to-day administrative details. This allows them to focus on what they are passionate about in business and frees them up for a more fulfilling person life.\u201dTo manage so much information, Berona uses Groove Workspace ($200), a peer-to-peer collaboration tool that lets users exchange documents and schedules without a file server. The Groove standalone client provides a 192-bit encrypted virtual desktop where Berona can view documents and presentations, chat and share project information.Groove is designed to integrate with established business processes and tools. Other products, such as WebEx and 4 Teams, try to wedge corporate workers into a new framework. For Berona\u2019s clients, that\u2019s just not possible. Many are barely proficient at Outlook scheduling, and are looking for an off-site assistant who can simplify, not complicate, their life.\u201cMany of my clients have a hard time keeping their schedules up to date,\u201d Berona says. \u201cWith online collaboration, they can schedule a meeting with a click of their mouse. They don\u2019t have to send me documents; they just update them online. There\u2019s no back-and-forth and phone tag, which makes me more productive.\u201dIn a typical day, Berona collaborates on hundreds of documents with her clients, running as many as three Groove sessions at once. \u201cGroove allows me to stay in sync with my clients in real time,\u201d she says.Lately, Berona has been using more advanced Groove functions. For one executive, she has been assisting with a business plan, adding action items and task reminders that push her into the realm of project management. For another client, she configured a virtual workspace so two executives could communicate more easily and rely less on administrative help.In just two years, Berona has expanded her business to 14 clients, yet has never made any major small business purchases, such as network hardware. And, she has never had to learn more complicated tools such as Microsoft SharePoint Team Services. In fact, she learned how to run a virtual business by taking a six-month course at Assistu.com. For a virtual assistant, she made a rock solid career move.