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Debate >> Virtual Assistants – Employee or not?

Are you a virtual business owner, or virtual team leader who uses the services of a virtual assistant?  Or are you, yourself a virtual assistant operating your own business?   The question of whether a virtual assistant is an employee or not seems to generate some passionate comments from those working in the industry – and this very topic has inspired this article!

What do you think?  Is a virtual assistant an employee or not?

Yes or No


The Commonsense Virtual Assistant: Becoming an Entrepreneur Not an Employee

The Virtual Assistant as a Business Owner

Put simply a virtual assistant that operates as their own business entity is not an employee. So why does the question arise?  Is it because of the administrative nature of the services being provided? Some virtual assistants actually find themselves being treated like an employee.   How does this happen and what can be done about it? Continue reading

How Can I Get Started Making Money as an Online Secretary?

You can make a legitimate income as an online secretary


Thinking about starting your own business as an online secretary? 

Looking for a better work/life balance with the option of working from home? Looking to supplement your income with alternative online work?  Want to have the satisfaction and freedom of running your own online administrative assistant business?

If you’re looking to take your existing professional administrative assistant skills to the online market, you may being asking questions  like “where do I start, where do I find work as an online secretary, can I really earn a legitimate income from online work and how much can I earn working online? “

To give you an overview of what’s involved in working online here are …



11 things for you to consider when setting up your business as an online secretary …


#1 Research the specific skills and services that in demand and what companies/businesses are demanding those services.

#2 Decide on what niche services you will be offering how you will meet the demand

#3 Check what government legislation you will need to comply with.  This can be different depending on what country you’re living in.

#4 Establish how much you want to make from your business

#5 Get professional advice/training in the areas where you require more support or improved skills.  Find out the quickest and most efficient way to get where you want to be

#6 Prepare your business plan – including your financial plan, service and pricing structure and marketing plan Continue reading

Getting Started In Your Virtual Assistant Business

If you’re sick and tired of the commuting, the office politics and your boss – I’m telling ya – you’ve got to start and build your own Virtual Assistant Business!

If you’re eager to join the ranks, here’s a crash course of what you need to get started:

1. It all starts with the right ATTITUDE and your COMMITTMENT to working from home

If you’ve made the decision to “sack the boss” then that’s the first step. From there, it’s going to take some planning and action. I’ll be honest with you. It’s a lot of fun and there are many tips and tricks that I’ll share with you to make it quicker and easier to build your business, but believe me you need to commit to this. You can’t just wave a magic wand and your business will appear. You need to stick to your decision to make it work. It takes time and effort.

Ask yourself: How many hours are you willing to put in, to get your business started? If you’re breaking away from a full-time job, are you willing to do extra hours to deliver what you promise to a new client? Are you willing to invest in your business to make sure you reach your goal? Continue reading

Want To Work From Home? >> Important Goals That Should Be Included In Your Plan

If you want to have a successful work-from-home business you need to be setting goals. If you need to get somewhere you plot out the way before you head off to make sure you don’t get lost. Your business and life are the same. You have to know where you’re going so you can get there.

Most people wanting to start working from home, or wanting to start a new virtual assistant business are wanting to do so because they are looking for a certain lifestyle. What about you?  Do you want to travel and work at the same time?  Do you want the freedom to be home for your kids, while still earning an income?  Is it just that you’re sick of working for someone else?

Whatever your reason is for wanting to work from home there are some things you need to do to make sure it’s not just a dream.  To actually make it happen you need to plan, prepare, get good advice and set goals. Continue reading

Are you investing in your Virtual Assistant Business?

Whether you are in business already or considering starting a virtual assistant business or working from home you need to read this.

Investment mentality is something I talk about a lot.  As an employee you don’t have investment mentality because the boss pays for equipment, training, stationery, etc.

Many who transition from being employed to running their own business struggle with this. Many view a website, business cards or a computer as an investment but when it comes to anything else it is an expense.

There are two main forms of investment – time and money. Continue reading

Do you have the right personality to work from home as a virtual assistant?

5 qualities you’ll need to work from home

Actually, I do believe ANYONE can work from home…with the right set-up, the right skills and the right attitude!  The thing is…do YOU have what it takes to make your new work from home virtual assistant business a SUCCESS?  In 12 months time, will your virtual assistant business be booming with clients demanding your services OR will you be struggling to find clients on the edge of quitting your new work from home venture.

The answer…it’s all up to YOU!  To help you along the way check that you already have or are developing these 5 qualities… Continue reading

Start Planning To Work From Home Today

This week I’ve been reading a book about “toxic success” and how the ideal view of success doesn’t necessarily bring us the euphoric happiness that we had hoped for.

Thinking about my own life – I remember the times when I felt so exhausted, hurried and unappreciated that I would cry.  I was traveling to and from the City every day in peak hour traffic, working with a demanding boss and ridiculous deadlines.  You know what I’m talking about right??   Everyday the pressure mounted.  Everyday I hoped it would get better… until that sick feeling set in.  That sick sinking feeling from the bottom of your gut that you just can’t face another day in the “rat race”.

I remember the day distinctly; I was standing on a corner in the city waiting for the lights to change, watching three obese business men in there black and grey suits, gabbing about their next appointment.   “Ahhh,  I said to myself – I can’t take this anymore, no more, I’m getting out!”  Little do those three men know how they impacted my life that day.  It just set something off in my mind – I didn’t want to be there – I made the decision – I just had to get out!

Many of you may have felt that way before (those of you who have escaped already), you “feel my pain” so to speak – and I am sure those of you who haven’t yet made your escape are feeling the pain NOW.  Well I got out and you will too!  But there are some things you need to know first:

1. You need to DECIDE to get out!  Unless you decide it’s not going to happen.

2. You need to know WHY you want to get out – that will give you the motivation!

3. You need to know WHERE you are going – If you don’t know where you going, how do you get there?

4. You need to have an ESCAPE PLAN – if you don’t have an escape plan then how will you get out?

5. You need to PREPARE well for your escape plan – by preparing in advance you will ensure your success!

Change IS scary and I’ll kid you not, so is the escape. But it’s worth it!   Don’t do it all at once – make the decision to be your own life architect TODAY.

Start to design your life.  It’s not all going to happen today but you can start by making the DECISION.


• Make the decision (in your mind) you are going to “get out” – go ahead write it down – put a date next to it.
• Make a list of all the things that you want to move away from – what do you want OUT of your life.
• Make a list of all the things you want in your life (go ahead dare to dream – just write them down).

Once you know what you want you can start on your plan to get there ….