What a Virtual Assistant is vs what a Virtual Assistant isn’t is important to consider before you hire one.
A lot of business owners who hire VA’s can be confused about what precisely a VA is. Often, VA/Client relationships turn sour because of misconceptions about what exactly a VA does for a client and how he/she does it.
Whether you are a VA or a client looking for a VA, this article will tell you all you need to know about do’s & don’ts and expectations.
What a VA is…
- an independent contractor, remote worker, freelancer or business owner
- skilled at what he/she does, they don’t need micro-managing
- reliable and hardworking, or else they won’t be in business themselves
- able to work well on his/her own, they don’t need constant supervision
- a home based contractor although some VA’s do prefer to work in a co-share office space, they don’t work with clients in their offices
- a contractor who helps other business owners in their business with tasks they don’t have time for or with skilled services they don’t know how to do themselves
- a business owner who is committed to helping other business owners make a success of their business
- a person who deserves respect
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What a VA isn’t…
- an employee of the person who contracts them
- a miracle worker, they can’t fix a broken business
- a mind reader, they need guidance from the person who hired them
- a punching bag for when things go wrong
Although VA’s often meet with their clients on a video call or in person, they don’t physically work in the client’s office. They are not personal assistants or secretaries, their duties might overlap with these but being a virtual assistant is a different profession.
Virtual assistants deserve to be treated with respect, “please” and “thank you” goes a long way.
Praise your VA when he/she does right and correct him/her when they make mistakes.
Ultimately, you will get as much out of the VA/Client relationship as what you put it.