In my position as founder of the Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce, I’m in daily contact with all kinds of folks in the Virtual Assistant industry as well as those who would like to enter the Virtual Assistant ranks. From this vantage point, I’m afforded a very clear perspective of the vast differences between those who are qualifed and those who really aren’t.
There is a chasm of difference between truly qualified Virtual Assistants, and those who think all they need is a computer, fax and telephone line in order to enter the field.
Qualified Virtual Assistants earned their knowledge and skills working in administrative capacities in the workplace, most often for many years, before starting their Virtual Assistant businesses.
You don’t get the same questions from qualified professionals that you do with those who have little or no administrative experience. Those folks ask the most rudimentary of questions, indicating they are still learning things that are the most basic requisites for providing professional services.
When business owners hire professionals, they aren’t looking to train people. Professionals are expected to already have a professional-level command of the services they are hired to perform.