May
31
2011

A Virtual Assistant is More Than a Virtual Secretary

A Virtual Assistant is More than a Virtual Secretary

A Virtual Assistant is More than a Virtual Secretary

Ask any established virtual assistant, or an entrepreneur or business owner who has experience working with a virtual assistant, what a virtual assistant is and does and they’ll likely rattle off a litany of positive attributes, stellar services, and anecdotes of VAs saving the day.

While business administration is the cornerstone of any virtual assistant practice and most VAs will provide the requisite services such as data entry, contacts management, editing, documents management, and more a qualified virtual assistant brings much more to the table than secretarial skills. Rita Cartwright, a virtual assistant since 2002, does a wonderful job explaining the concept of a truly invested virtual assistant in an article called “Your Business Success is our Success”

When you contract with a Virtual Assistant, you get more than just an employee. We have a vested interest in your business success. Since we are entrepreneurs and small business owners, we know what it takes to operate a business, how to market our services, as well as develop our businesses. In addition to completing your tasks, we provide you with information, suggestions, or ideas that perhaps will help you in your business, because we want you to succeed. Your success is our success.

The assistance you receive from us is quite different than the support you would obtain from a secretary or administrative assistant. We have the mindset of a business owner rather than that of an employee. As I mentioned earlier, we will have a vested interest in your business. We understand what you are dealing with, because we are faced with the same concerns and situations. (Read the full article here.)

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The Virtual Assistant Information blog provides free information for small businesses, entrepreneurs, startups, executives and individuals interested in learning more about hiring and working with a virtual assistant. We’re part of Virtual Assistantville, a premium virtual assistant directory where you can find and hire a professional virtual assistant to help support your business.

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  • Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thank you!

    • Hi Ronny, are you looking for information as a client or potential client of virtual assistants, or are you looking for information on how to start and run a successful virtual assistant business? If you’re a client, stay tuned to our blog as we’ll be adding new information regularly. Our archives are also full of posts to help you find, hire, and learn to effectively delegate to a professional VA. If you are looking for info as a VA check out Virtual Assistant Forums and/or the Start a Virtual Assistant Business Blog. Both sites contain realistic and immediately useful information.

  • Assets like the one you talked about here will be very useful to me! I’ll post a hyperlink to this web page on my blog. I am certain my guests will find that very useful.

  • This is totally true! I truly enjoyed reading this and couldn’t agree more.

    • Glad to hear it Dianne, thanks for stopping by and commenting! It’s true, a professional VA is so much more than secretary and while strong administrative skills are an asset to any company, it’s important for business owners to see just how much more a highly skilled virtual assistant can bring to the table.

  • I was curious if you knew of any community forums that cover virtual assistance? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can network with other people interested in the industry. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Many thanks!

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