What IS Virtual Assistance, anyway?
Virtual Assistance finds its foundation in traditional administrative support. At its core, Virtual Assistance is an administrative profession. Actually, it’s a profession and an art – the art of working in a long-term “partnership” with another successful person or small business.
The primary difference between Virtual Assistance and traditional administrative support is that the profession of Virtual Assistance is built on the premise that the relationship between clients and their Virtual Assistants is based upon equality and not the traditional employer – employee relationship. Clients and Virtual Assistants (VAs) are business owners that have both chosen to work with each other.
Within the scope of the Client-VA relationship, both parties are equals (both are owners of their own businesses) and the success of the client’s business means success for the VA’s business.
A VA’s skills should complement the client’s strengths and weaknesses, so the results represent a comingling of talents. First and foremost, the Client-VA partnership requires that both parties fully understand and appreciate the value of a collaborative partnership.
Once the partnership is established, Virtual Assistance works as well as or better than the traditional employer-administrative assistant arrangement. Distance and other geographical barriers are easily overcome with the use of current communications media (phone, fax, and internet). The present and ever-changing technological and virtual environment allows people to be in touch as easily as if they were sitting in the same office.
What is a VIRTUAL Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant is a highly trained and skilled administrative professional who, as a support and growth partner to entrepreneurs, business owners, and other busy people, provides high level, long-term collaborative administrative assistance, without having to be physically present in the client’s office. The difference between a “specialist” and a Virtual Assistant is the specialist offers only one service (bookkeeping, web design, etc.). Virtual Assistants offer a wide variety of services to all their clients. The most important of which is the day-to-day administrative support combined with the problem-solving and pro-active thinking of a partner.