What Is A Virtual Assistant? It’s Not Being An Admin, Employee, Freelancer, EA, Or Secretary!

What is a Virtual Assistant? First and foremost they are business owners. But there are countless misconceptions about this topic. Some of the biggest ones I see is that VAs “only” do the administrative type of work, are employees, or hourly workers. All of these are false!

Please also read my blog post, The 12 Virtual Assistant Mistakes You Should Avoid At All Costs – Especially If You’re A New VA! if you want to know more about some of the most common errors a lot of new Virtual Assistants make.

I’d love to hear what you think. Please take a moment to leave a comment below and share your thoughts and questions.

Thanks for listening – Susan.

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14 Comments
  1. Djwanna Butler

    You have confirmed that I am expressing what a VA does and is correctly when I speak to potential clients. Thanks for the information.

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    • SE Mershon

      Great, thank you for taking the time comment Djwanna.

      Reply
  2. Melissa

    Great Vlog! I could have used that when I first started. Huge mistake to charge an hourly rate! Looking forward to next week’s Vlog. I stopped telling people I’m a VA and simply say what I do and add in the word “virtually”. When someone asks me what a VA is I tell them that it is a person who is an expert in his/her field that you contract with virtually. If they can think of the project I can find them a VA.

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    • SE Mershon

      Awesome Melissa – love your explanation!

      Reply
  3. Natalie

    Great video Susan! I’ve actually had many conversations about this same topic recently, so many that I’ve now revamped my website to explain what a VA is, what a VA can do for you, and how to work with a VA. That way there’s hopefully no question about what we are, how we work, and how to work with us.
    Awesome topic!
    Natalie

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    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Natalie, it is all about educating the public 😉

      Reply
  4. Alexa

    I have to explain this to potential clients all the time!

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    • SE Mershon

      I know what you mean Alexa 😉

      Reply
  5. Jennifer

    Glad there are others out there that don’t really have a “resume” per se. I usually give them my LI profile to look at, as well the testimonial page on my website.

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    • SE Mershon

      Hi Jennifer, your LinkedIn Profile is a great option as well especially if you have recommendations.

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    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Lisa!

      Reply
  6. Ruth Cringle

    Great explanation of what a Virtual Assistant is. Keep up the good work!

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    • SE Mershon

      Thank you Ruth!

      Reply
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