What a Virtual Assistant Is and Is Not
This article is designed to give you an insight into the expectations that both the Virtual Assistant and client may have and to try to dispell any myths that you may have. Partnering with a VA is probably one of the best decisions a business can make. Some larger businesses have more than one VA, choosing them for their skills and abilities.
By Cindy Greenway
Looking for someone to join you in your business isn't an easy decision to make. Sure, you could use the help . but what kind of help exactly? Do you need a coach to help you in moving forward in your business goals? Or is a business manager that you want - someone that takes a lead with your business and makes important decisions? Or do you prefer to start with someone that can save you time by helping with those administrative tasks that just take you too long to do?
If you want to delegate those administrative tasks so you can spend your precious time on other business activities, then a Virtual Assistant (VA) is what you need.
The Virtual Assistant industry is growing quickly around the world - each VA offering a variety of services and specializing in various areas. But do you know what a Virtual Assistant really is and how they fit into your own business?
Firstly, let's define Virtual Assistant. Essentially, a Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor that offers administrative support via his/her own home office. There are many, many benefits to having a Virtual Assistant join your team, rather than hiring an employee. They have their own equipment, software, space - just to name a few benefits.
Because Virtual Assistants offer such a wide range of expertise and skills, they are quite often able to assist in numerous roles. However, it's important to understand what a Virtual Assistant really IS and what a Virtual Assistant IS NOT.
A Virtual Assistant IS someone who: . is an independent business owner . assists you with various administrative tasks . you can rely on . can help you boost your profits . offers expertise in areas that are not the focus of your business . provides feedback/becomes a sounding board as your relationship grows . is genuinely interested in the success of your business . someone you communicate with regularly, share your business strategy and goals with so they can provide you with the support you need
A Virtual Assistant IS NOT a: . business coach . business manager . decision maker . expert in every area that you may require assistance in . responsible for establishing business goals and strategies for your business
You can see from the above that a Virtual Assistant is a 'helper' in your business and should not be a decision maker. You run your business and the VA runs theirs. You come together in a partnership to assist you both to make money and improve your personal and business lives - this article continues on the next page - please read on...