The two terms “Virtual Assistant Jobs” and “Virtual Assistant Business Owner” are causing a lot of confusion for the VA industry and our clients. That’s why I want to take a minute and discuss the key differences between them, and give you legitimate resources to help you find Virtual Assistant jobs if that’s the direction you want to take.
The title of Virtual Assistant has changed over the course of the last several years. This is why I’m not a fan of using it. Over twenty years ago when the VA Industry was first launched it was focused on being a business owner. For people like me who didn’t want to work for anybody else. Nowadays Virtual Assistant seems to mean several different things including:
- Business owner
- Chatbots (you know the automated chat feature many tech companies use)
What’s The Difference?
It doesn’t help that there is NO governing body that regulates the Virtual Assistant Industry. That’s why I think it’s time we talk about what Virtual Assistant jobs are and what a Virtual Assistant business owner is.
Virtual Assistant Jobs
Virtual Assistant Jobs are for anyone looking to be an employee working for someone else (full or part-time). It’s not the same as being a sub-contractor.
VA Business Owner
VA Business Owner is anyone looking to be their own boss and no longer want to work for anyone else. (That’s me!)
That’s it, simple enough right? I wish it was.
What To Look Out For On Social Media
The confusion starts with posts on social media using the term “Virtual Assistant” and the poster is not clear on what they’re looking for – an employee or a business owner. That’s why it’s important to read the fine print and ask questions so you’re clear on what they want.
If you’re joining groups to find Virtual Assistant jobs (employee) or to look for clients (business owners) be sure you’re joining the right groups. For example, both of my groups are for business owners, not people looking for jobs. Joining social media groups to find clients is another conversation.
Remember, there is no right or wrong decision. It’s all about what works for you right now. You may need a job to bring in money to pay the bills with the goal of eventually starting your own business. Or, maybe you realize being a business owner isn’t for you. Just be clear on what you’re looking for.
Where Can I Find Virtual Assistant Jobs?
If you’re looking for legitimate work-from-home Virtual Assistant JOBS then here are two great resources to check out.
There are so many work-from-home job scams why waste your time and energy filtering through them all to find legit ones. I recommend checking out these two sites to find out more about them and to see if they’re right for you.
If you’re someone like me who wants to be their own boss (business owner), then be sure to read my Ultimate VA Success Guide: How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business.
Are you looking for Virtual Assistant jobs or do you want to be a professional VA Business Owner? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and listening – Susan
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