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Are you a 'virtual admin?'

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Question: I keep hearing about people who are "virtual" admins, and that this is supposed to be the new hot job in the future.

Has anyone had experience being a virtual admin? How did you like it/not like it? Where can I get more information? Thanks!  -- Mary from Wisconsin


I've been a 'virtual admin' for a couple of years now. My boss (now several) live all over the country. With e-mail and phone, most things can be accomplished electronically, remotely, and most of all, independently. The plus is being able to manage your own workload, make decisions and if there is time, be more creative in your work. The minus is that communication can sometime lag or be absent, which requires more effort on everyone's part. Building a good working relationship can be difficult due to their busy schedules, and at times it is based purely on your competence. Its a two-sided coin, but to almost 'be your own boss' is undeniably attractive!

There is quite a bit of information on this website and you can also access the part one of the article.

Hope it helps.

I worked as a virtual admin for 3 years and had many clients during that time. There was not enough work to keep me busy and thus not enough income to make it worth the marketing effort not to mention any cash left for me. With no medical/dental/vision benefits, no paid vacation, phone calls at all hours and working weeks to meet clients' deadlines, it was not a good fit for me. Yes, it was more flexible than a traditional job but I have traded it for a steady paycheck, medical benefits, and hours that never include late nights or weekends. I'm much happier.

I belong to IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) and a few of our members are virtual assistants. Here's the website of one of them:

She also has a link to AssistU who trains Virtual Assistants.

I started my VA business about 4 years ago, after the West Coast offices of our company closed down and we were all laid off. The job market was terrible, so I had to do something; hence contract myself out as a virtual assistant. It's been pretty good, but a lot of work trying to get regular clients. I have 5 clients who I do regular work for every month, and it's been great. I also now have a full-time job, which offers me the steady income and benefits that I need. Since all of my clients are either solo-businesses or very small offices, they usually need work done at the end of the day ... which works great for me. And because of the good work and excellent relationship I established with my VA clients, they don't mind waiting until the evenings or weekends to get their work done. It's better for them, than trying to train another VA to do things their way ... which is actually "MY" way. *LOL*

How do I get my customers? Word-of-mouth and referrals. Send postcards to small local businesses or one or two-persons law or medical offices. I've actually received excellent results from placing ads on Craiglist.

Anyway, if you're willing to put yourself out there and look for the business and then cultivate it with your great skills, it can be a good income ... or part-time job. I have an awesome full-time job, but my favorite VA clients still need me.

You can have great flexibility in life, for the best coaching, check out the University of Virtual Assistants.

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