What is a Virtual Assistant?

The definitions of “Virtual Assistant” abound in this very young industry, so you will probably get different answers from anyone you ask. Here is the definition that I go by:

A Virtual Assistant (or VA) is a solopreneur who specializes in providing ongoing, one-on-one, collaborative-style administrative support.

Like other professional service providers, Virtual Assistants operate remotely from their own places of business and utilize today’s technology to deliver their services and communicate with clients.

Virtual Assistants are first and foremost administrative experts. Virtual Assistants sometimes offer additional, separate specialties that fall under creative and/or technical services. As an example, it’s not unusual to see a VA who offers specialized support for speakers and authors. Click here to see how a VA can be of assistance to a professional speaker or an author.

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Virtual Assistants come from a variety of business backgrounds, but the single-most important qualification the industry expects of its peers is at least five (5) years administrative experience earned in the real (non-virtual) business world working in upper-level capacities such as administrative assistant, executive assistant, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, real estate assistant, office manager/supervisor, etc.

From this level of experience, a Virtual Assistant is expected to possess the skill sets, training and business knowledge which are the hallmark of a truly qualified Virtual Assistant.

Click here to see a handy list of 92 things a VA can do for you

One Response to “What?”

  1. Linda JC Says:

    Sounds awesome!

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