So, here’s the million dollar question(s)…what the heck is a Virtual Assistant? And why are some of them disguised as Administrative Consultants?
Allow me to educate: The Virtual Assistant (also referred to as VA)biz has been around since about the mid ’90’s and by definition (according to Wikipdedia) is “someone generally self-employed who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients from a home office. Because virtual assistants are independent contractors rather than employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits (except in the context that those indirect expenses are included in the VAs fees). Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. Clients pay for 100% productive work, and can work with Virtual Assistants, individually, or in multi-VA firms to meet their exact needs. ”
Sounds pretty good right? The problem is the VA industry’s growth expanded to include overseas firms that provide cheap labor for business owners who need people to provide services without any personal connection (and sometimes understanding)of the task. Therefore, the term “Virtual Assistant” has started to evolve to such titles as “Administrative Consultant”. Both provide office assistance and general administrative support. However, those of us “in the field” are striving to achieve superior professionalism and specialized training in order to provide the utmost in service to our clients, which begs for a title worthy of our true value ie. Administrative Consulting.
It’s ok if you still call us VA’s or Personal Assistants, we know where our roots are, but just to qualify…we aren’t all working in cubicles in some far off land. Most of us are hard working professionals who appreciate the value of being self-employed and not only will we provide fantastic administrative support to help you build your business, we will proudly work with you to ensure your success!