Four Types of Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistant (VA)

A VA is someone who has the ability to assist their client with a number of secretarial and administrative tasks, normally on a short-term project basis. Equally, they may undertake individual jobs over a period of time; for example, creating a database from business cards.

Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA)

A VPA is someone who works closely with a small business owner, providing secretarial and administrative support, and who is there for the long-term. The relationship could be seen as similar to that of employer and employee, but the VPA will only visit the client once or twice a week and despite the longevity of the relationship, is generally self-employed.

Virtual Executive Assistant (VEA)

A VEA is someone who works closely with a small business owner to provide secretarial and administrative support. They also get involved in some of the business development for the company. The VEA is an important part of the business, becoming one of the planners and authorising partners.

Personal Assistant (PA)

A PA is someone who generally works for one person in one organisation. However in the VA world, many VAs call themselves PAs as many employers/clients understand this term better.

So what type of VA do you want to be?

This Can be one of the hardest decisions you may have to make when you set up your buisness, but it is one of the most important.  Ask yourself

  • How involved do you wnat to be with your clients?
  • How much contact do you want to have with your client?
  • How do you want to work with your clients?
  • How many clients do you want to have?
  • How much time do you have to available?