Yesterday I was at a new event for me and as I was introducing myself and telling people I was a virtual assistant I had several blank looks come my way. And it dawned on me that there are still people out there that have never heard of a virtual assistant and even if they have heard of a virtual assistant they don’t really understand what one does.
I have a great definition of what a VA is on my website.
What is a VA?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly-trained independent entrepreneur who provides a
myriad of business support services virtually via phone, fax and internet based
technology to support and meet the growing needs of businesses worldwide.
Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative
hassles, and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to
A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business. The irony is
you may never meet your VA as odds are they live nowhere near you!
In short I usually try to explain what I do as a 21st century secretary. (I know there will be many VA’s who don’t like me using the word secretary. But I’m trying to explain an abstract idea into a solid term.) I can see the light bulb turning on as the idea solidifies and then the most popular question asked is, do I answer phones?
My first thought, is that the most pressing business need they have or is that what the word secretary brings to their mind? Whatever the case I usually use their question as an opening for further discussion.
I hope that if you didn’t understand what a virtual assistant was before that the definition helped you. Share with me below what is the one big thing you need help with in your business.