What’s A Virtual Assistant? – Educate yourself!

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Want to know everything about working with a Virtual Administrative Assistant? Read on…


I am so excited and overwhelmed to write my first blog post. I pondered for many days as to what to write in my first ever blog post. Should I write a How to post about a particular topic that interests my potential client? Or should I write why have I started blogging? Or an introduction my Vibrant Ace Virtual Assistance Business?

I couldn’t get a clear answer in my mind. And, I thought of posting this question on the LinkedIn board where I have always got tremendous support from my fellow VAs. And, as I anticipated, the support was absolutely great. Many people suggested that people hardly know about our (Virtual/Administrative Assistant) Industry and I too wondered why don’t I start educating people on our industry first. So, here it goes….

Virtual Assistant is one of the fastest growing industries but people are just ignorant about it (at least in India). People hardly know the term Virtual Assistant and its role in India. Many of my friends do not know what a virtual assistant/assistance is. Believe me, people think that I provide work from home opportunity through my company and they send me resumes. I find this funny and I pity those literate people (including my friends) who are not ready to spend at least 5 minutes going through my website.

This is probably because; people are not educated about the virtual assistant industry. Therefore, my first post here goes to all my friends, aspiring work at home moms and of course my potential clients (you need to know this term first, so that I can be your trusted ally growing your business).

Now, let me tell you what is a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant is a highly experienced and well-trained individual operating as a business owner. She/he delivers top-notch personal and administrative services using the equipments that are needed to effectively deliver services to her/his clients. She/he is proficient at using the email, fax, telephonic equipment as well as other new and emerging technologies. A relatively new field where the Virtual Assistant carries out much the same functions as does the administrative assistant without being physically present on site.

Who can use the services of a Virtual Assistant?

Anyone and everyone who wants to keep their office administration costs to the minimum and increase their revenue can use the services of a Virtual Assistant.

As a Business owner, what are the benefits you look in a VA? Is it just cost cutting or Is it that you want to keep your business organized or that you want to generate more revenue while somebody takes care of your daily business tasks?

The benefits are countless. You will have to just explore them. Well, some clients may look for VAs for specific tasks, some might look for VAs to really grow their business in terms of getting marketing ideas, advertising campaign ideas, conducting seminars. And the list goes on and on.

Here are some of the tremendous benefits you get while partnering with a VA.
  • You do not pay salary to a VA. They work on an hourly rate or monthly retainer rate. In this way you can save money as you don’t pay for lunch breaks as you typically pay for an employee in a traditional job.
  • No sick pay/No holiday pay/No vacation pay – A cost-effective method to develop your business
  • No employment insurance//No overtime costs – VAs take care of these things by themselves.
  • No training costs/hiring/advertising and interviewing costs – All VAs are professionally experienced and experts in their areas.
  • Flexibility working hours – This is a great benefit for a client as most of the VAs are very flexible in their schedules and they are even ready to work on weekends if required.
  • No taxes/No business expenses – Another great benefit for a client. A client can save more on this aspect. He is not obliged to invest on furniture or on office equipment, supply and stationery. VAs can manage these costs by themselves.

Your VA is not your employee. She/He is another independent business owner who wants to grow as VA as you grow your business. Working with the VA is a new trend in the present scenario and its becoming an inevitable part of the small and medium-sized business owners.

Now, all this looks so fascinating and interesting for aspiring Virtual Assistants/Work At Home Moms. Being a Virtual Assistant is not at all a difficult task now. There are countless free and paid resources on the website that are just a click away for you to grab and benefit from.

Do I need a special Qualification to be a Virtual Assistant?

No. You don’t need one. But, certainly you need some things to become successful as a Virtual Assistant. A strong desire to succeed, determination and hard work is essential to succeed as a Virtual Assistant. It is beneficial if you have at least two years of general office administration experience, but not mandatory. There are numerous online schools/resources/tutorials where you can learn the ropes of being a Virtual Assistant. Here is a VA Resource Guide that you can download from my website to start your own Virtual Assistant Business. 

I work as an Office Administrative Virtual Assistant specialized in Online Marketing. If you want to increase your online presence or need any assistance in your business, I’m just an email away.

Image credit : David Castillo Dominici




  1. Congrats on your first post! I’m excited to have read it. See you around LinkedIn.

  2. You did a great job on your first blog post. Congratulations Jessie. I love how you included the benefits of using a VA and that VAs do not need special qualifications. Now you can add this link to your Facebook page.

  3. I would like you to assist me with information on free online social media courses that i can undertake and get a certificate after completion. I have so much good interest in all aspects of social media and learning more about this will help me even to find a new good job