If you’ve been following our blog for quite a while now, you may have noticed that we have recently been posting about popular beliefs concerning virtual assistants. We have debunked a couple so far and we are set to unravel more misconceptions and reinforce those that happen to be true. Of course, this post is going to be no different. Today, we are going to look into the popular misconception that an online assistant should only be hired to do administrative tasks.
Oops, looks like I’ve just cracked a little spoiler. Yes, we’ve just concluded that this belief regarding VAs is actually a myth that many happened to take as a fact. Now how then is it a misconception? Well, let’s just say that virtual assistants are not specifically called virtual online assistants. That is, the title implies a broad range of services and not just administrative work.
VAs are all professionals and they do not specialize in a single set of tasks. In fact, these online assistants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and each have certain areas on which they excel the most. Some may be great with spreadsheets and all the math involved; some may be adept at creating graphical content with whatever software at hand; some are good at pumping out quality content for use in blogs, websites, and presentations; and so on and so forth. This is pretty much apparent to those who have considerable experience in working with VAs, and from this you can tell that only those who haven’t even touched a VA’s services believe in the stereotype that VAs can only do administrative work.
Now why is this stereotype so prevalent? A good reason that I can think of is that administrative jobs can be practically done by anyone with a half-decent education and knows how to use a computer and the necessary applications. Of course, I do not mean it literally, but the point is that admin tasks can be done by any professional. As such, it can’t be helped that people who don’t do their research will assume that VAs are nothing more than online secretaries, keeping tabs, updating records, making emails, and playing Solitaire™ during breaks or when the boss is not around.
To conclude, although virtual assistants are generally able to do just about any administrative task, they are not limited to such. VAs come from various professional backgrounds and thus vary in skill and specialization.