Understanding The Virtual Assistant Industry

Posted on Apr 19 2010 at 05:32:01 PM in B2B

Welcome.  I am Jaimie VanSickle, Virtual Assistant and owner of J VanSickle Virtual Assistant.  Today I am presenting the details required to understanding the Virtual Assistant Industry and for making the eminent decision to hiring a Virtual Assistant.

I research everything thoroughly and I can become an expert through reading (and many experiences in life that apply to what I enjoy reading).  Because of this gift, I can really dig deep into a subject and determine solutions that nobody else would ever dream of considering.

I have always had a natural inclination towards leadership.  I find great inner peace at working with others and leading them through certain predicaments.  I think that is why being a Virtual Assistant is such a great match for me.  I find it quite gratifying to being the right-hand-person to my clients.

And from that desire to lead and to help, I also don’t like to be another business that is simply trying to “cash in”.  I see that all too often in the Virtual Assistant Industry.  So I have developed this presentation to help you better understand the Virtual Assistant Industry, to show you what’s really in it for you and to give you direction on where you should start with pursing your Virtual Assistant.

In The Beginning…

A very brief tour of the history starts us out in 1870 when Phonographic shorthand was invented.  This is what started the secretarial position that would later lead to today’s Virtual Assistant.  Understand though, that in 1870 all training and positions were strictly limited to men and it wasn’t even until the 1880’s when the typewriter was invented.  It was at this point that the doors opened up for women to start into the secretarial field.  And by 1930 there were fewer men working as secretaries.

Going up through 1981 there is a lot of historical data that pertains to the secretarial industry that is pertinent in the building up to today’s Virtual Assistant.   This is when industry standards are created and certification tests are started.

Between 1981 and 1995 many pioneers to the Virtual Assistant industry will mark their places.  But it isn’t until 1996 that the term Virtual Assistant gets coined.  It is coined by a coach named Thomas Leonard.

1997 the Virtual Assistant Industry is formalized!  Stacy Brice founds Assist U, the first association of any kind for Virtual Assistants.  It is because of this first-ever foundation that she is now known to be the founder of the Virtual Assistant industry.


“A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced
technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office
on a contractual basis.”

– International Virtual Assistants Association (IVVA)

From 1997-current day there are many new organizations that have been started that either support Virtual Assistants or ones that support the professionals who need direction in hiring a Virtual Assistant.  We will go over more of this in just a bit.

There are three different divisions you will encounter when searching for your Virtual Assistant.

....see the entire article at:  http://jvansicklevirtualassistant.com/virtualindustryhub/understand-the-virtual-industry/


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Created: Apr 19 2010 at 05:32:01 PM
Updated: Apr 19 2010 at 05:32:01 PM
Category: B2B
Language: English