This may be your freelancing answer!

You did a lot of things well at your last good job and you’re proud of your contribution to the success of your company.

You’ve got a lot of corporate experience. Carried out administrative or technical projects, worked independently, coordinated things, moved them along, team player. In other words, you’ve advanced the work of your employer and earned your pay.

Still, you can’t quite figure out how it all adds up to a career.

You’re vague as to how your what-I-do-successfully list translates into a freelance or consulting practice. It seems too scattered and the achievements seem hard to measure. Not like the fabulous sales figures and stirring project management achievements that make for compelling examples in the resume or website-writing books.

And you’re still figuring out what you want to be when you grow up!

Becoming a virtual assistant may be just right for you.

What’s a virtual assistant? you may ask. Well, “virtual” means taking place in cyberspace and “assistant” means, well, one who provides assistance. Like in an office except working from your home computer, even thousands of miles from the client. defines a virtual assistant as “a highly-trained independent entrepreneur who provides a myriad of business support services virtually via phone, fax and internet based technology to support and meet the growing needs of businesses worldwide. … A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business. The irony is you may never meet your VA as odds are they live nowhere near you.”

Virtual assistants do all sorts of things, working as executive assistants, administrators, technicians and do-ers with specialties ranging from data entry and bookkeeping to medical transcription, web design, publicity, etc., etc., etc.

Here’s a video that tells the story:

If you think this may be the next career step for you, here are some VA associations that explain the concept more comprehensively on their websites:

International Virtual Assistants Association

Virtual Assistant Networking Association

International Association of Virtual Office Assistants


2 responses to “This may be your freelancing answer!

  1. Diana,
    I am so excited to see you mentioning becoming a virtual assistant (VA) as a form of being a freelancer. I totally agree with you.

    As a person who earned a great living as a VA for 7 years, and who is now training people how to start their own VA businesses, I’d like to share a couple of tips on how to get started:

    1. Choose a niche. You need to identify the industry you want to work with and the skills you want to provide them. Don’t try to be everything to everyone.

    2. Set up a website. A website much like Diana has (which I love by the way) is perfect for a VA business. Be sure to include your services and what you charge for them on your website. Potential clients want this information and it pre-qualifies them for you.

    Diana, I love your blog and look forward to more great freelance ideas like this!

    Kathy Goughenour
    Head Trainer and Mentor,

  2. Hi, Kathy,

    It’s interesting how few people are aware of the existence of virtual assistants. Those of us who spend a lot of time reading online about how to develop our online businesses are constantly informed about the need to use our time more effectively by delegating to VAs. We forget how many sophisticated, work-experienced people have never heard of the concept. It’s a real growth industry!


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