Another day, another blog post, and today, we will be talking about yet another popular belief about the virtual assistant. This is the rather popular belief that VAs are super contractors that can do a very wide range of tasks, essentially allowing them to do just about anything that their client asks them to. Now that’s what something blogger Chris Ducker refers to as the “Super VA”, which frankly seems to belong in the realm of white collar fiction and not in the real world.
Now is this a fact that we should all remember, or a myth that we ought to shed off our fragile minds? Without any further ado, here is the verdict: the notion that one can give any task that can be done online to a virtual assistant is purely a misconception. As with many different myths concerning VAs, this has found adherence from the crowd who have barely had an actual experience with online assistance.
In my opinion, this myth came into existence simply from the misunderstanding of how VAs work. VAs are often prized for their versatility in terms of administrative work. For example, you can get them to create presentations and manage your online files without any fuss. This does not come as a surprise, especially since most of these online assistants are quite literate in the use of the computer.
Most VAs have certain specializations or a few on the side, which allows them to do tasks outside the realm of administrative work. Some have expertise that cover many different fields, making them highly sought after virtual assistants. Now it’s not that hard to imagine that some folks who have had worked with such highly-skilled VA take their experience as a proof that VAs are highly versatile creatures that can do anything except brewing coffee for their virtual bosses.
Virtual assistants are not, and will never be, super employees that can do a very wide variety of tasks. At the end of the day, virtual assistants are still humans and they have certain limitations grounded within the scope of their knowledge. This means that while VAs can generally do a wide variety of administrative tasks, they can do only as much outside such tasks as their specializations allow them.
Most VAs can do administrative jobs alongside tasks belonging to the area they are specialized in. As I have implied earlier, VAs can also have multiple specialties – one can be both a writer and a marketer, a graphic artist and a web designer, an app developer and a social media marketer, etc. However, here comes the caveat: experience has told time and again those who have worked with VAs the more fields an online assistant specializes in, the lesser the quality of their output.
To recap, the popular notion that virtual assistants are mini-Supermen and Superwomen that can do anything that their client tasks them to do is absolutely false. VAs are humans after all and are grounded in the limits of their capabilities and real world circumstances that come their way.