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A Discussion on the Term 'Virtual Assistant'

The Gritty Virtual Assistant has quite the discussion going on a recent blog post that explores the possibility that the term ‘virtual assistant’ is no longer working for us. In the post Danielle states;

The term “Virtual Assistant” itself is at the root of many of the wrong perceptions and misunderstandings we are constantly having to disabuse clients of. Because the term is vauge and ambiguous, it creates confusion and leaves it open to anyone’s interpretation. And because it wasn’t well thought out and the branding not managed well or at all, it’s been coopted by anyone and everyone who thinks doing anything and everything virtually is Virtual Assistance.

If you’re a virtual assistant or someone who uses a VA, add your voice to the discussion!

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6 Comments

  1. Collette Schultz on January 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I have to agree. Whomever thought of this title obviously didn’t anticipate so may different niches going virtually. Putting the specific behind the word might be more meaningful, such as, Virtual Bookkeeper, Virtual Marketing Assistant, Virtual Administrative Manager.



  2. Collette Schultz on January 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I have to agree. Whomever thought of this title obviously didn’t anticipate so may different niches going virtually. Putting the specific behind the word might be more meaningful, such as, Virtual Bookkeeper, Virtual Marketing Assistant, Virtual Administrative Manager.



  3. Virtual Specialist on January 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

    yes a agreed with this post indeed there are different types of virtual resource.



  4. Virtual Specialist on January 28, 2009 at 5:01 am

    yes a agreed with this post indeed there are different types of virtual resource.



  5. bratt76 on January 28, 2009 at 10:54 am

    It depends on what people may think or say. For Virtual Assistant like us, we consider our job as a Profession because not only we are paid for the job that we accomplished but we also gained trust to our client .they consider us as a stranger to them at the first place



  6. bratt76 on January 28, 2009 at 5:54 am

    It depends on what people may think or say. For Virtual Assistant like us, we consider our job as a Profession because not only we are paid for the job that we accomplished but we also gained trust to our client .they consider us as a stranger to them at the first place



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