Virtual assistance is a job that many professionals who want to earn money without the constraints of an office environment would like to have. After all, what’s so bad about working from your home or from your own private office, in your most comfortable attire and at your most comfortable pace?
Like so many great professions however, there are many misconceptions about virtual assistants. One rather prominent myth that has caught my attention is this wide-spread mistaken belief: Virtual assistant work is exclusive for women, particularly self-employed mothers who work from the comforts of their homes. This will be the first myth that we will debunk in this little series of facts and myths about virtual assistants.
Although this issue is fairly trivial, it won’t hurt to clear things up. Of course, it is obviously a stereotype of virtual assistants and as such, is dead wrong in that regard. I for one can easily disprove that, being a guy working as a virtual assistant myself when not writing for this blog. Yes, men take up this job as well, so people who are not comfortable working with the ladies, take note.
Of course, it’s quite well known that women dominate this profession, which is likely why many believe that virtual assistance is the female gender’s job. Why else do people believe that virtual assistance is a job exclusive to women anyway, you ask? Well you can blame all the work-at-home moms or WAHM sites that offer various virtual assistant jobs to stay-at-home mothers. These sites are everywhere in the Internet, and some are admittedly quite shady.
To conclude, the belief that virtual assistant jobs belong to women is an utter myth, although it is based on the reality that women dominate this profession. Men also work as VAs, although there aren’t many in the industry.