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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 3:08 pm on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtual Assistants vs. Virtual Staffing Companies 

    Do Virtual Assistant Staffing Agencies help or hurt the Virtual Assistant Industry?  Well… yes and no. There are some good and bad Virtual Assistant Staffing Agencies that aren’t a good look for the Virtual Assistant Industry. Because of a few bad companies some clients get burned by them and may form a bad opinion about the entire Virtual Assistant Industry. When that happens some good and potiential clients may not give a second thought to trying a professional independent Virtual Assistant company.

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    Some staffing companies promote their workers as being able to do everything in the world. In reality no one person or company can do everything in the world, providing every service. Thats like an accountant trying to be a nurse, doctor, and run a business. When they promote their VA’s as being able to accomplish every tasks then you have to wonder, how true is this. The employees of some of these staffing agencies have been known to not do the work, produce substandard work or half way complete assignments.

    Through a staffing company, the clients are handed to the employee. Some staffing companies promote how cheap their services are, which are from $8 -$15 an hour some are as low as $ 5.00 an hour. Cheap doesn’t always mean a bargain. But with a professional independent Virtual Assistant many of them work hard for their clients. They have invested time and energy in their clients business or projects. The success of a clients business is their success. When their clients succeed they succeed.

    Like I stated in my other post ” On The Rise To The Top & Counting!” the Vitual Assistant industry is growing by leaps & bounds and people are learning about it everyday. Once you learn about a professional Virtual Assistant then you learn the value of contracting and doing business with one. The good name of professional Virtual Assistants is being damaged by some of the bad virtual staffing agencies. Some of them have inexperienced workers sometimes inexperience can lead to substandard work.

    In the end you get what you pay for. Some of these staffing agencies have cheap prices that they try to pass off as a bargain. Their cheap prices are appealing & tempting to prospective clients. As you can see there is a big difference between professional Virtual Assistants and virtual staffing companies.

    When you learn about a professional Virtual Assistant then you learn what they are, their value & benefit to your company or projects, what should you should & shouldn’t expect from them.

    Professional Virtual Assistants don’t promote themselves as being able to do everything in the world. If you find one that does then that may be misleading or it could be true. You can decide what’s best for you.

    That’s why there are so many Virtual Assistants because alot of them have a niche, specific services and/or similar services. No one person or company can be all things to all people. Professional Virtual Assistants have a variety of skills and services.

    Dirt cheap assistance ends up costing the customer more in the long run. Some staffing companies try to get the clients to spend more money. But with a professional Virtual Assistant they don’t coax you into spending more money. You decide what services to purchase, how often and when.

    Virtual Assistants are independent business owners or a Multi-VA practice that provide administrative assistance and other business services to business owners, individuals and professionals.  Workers at virtual staffing agencies are remote workers, freelancers & employees, there’s a big difference. A note to Virtual Assistants: make sure that you know your skills and know them well when you promote your business.


    • Darrell Williams - Right-Hand-Man Virtual Assistant Services 2:34 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I just wanted to make a distinction between Multi-VA practices and virtual staffing agencies. A Multi-VA practice is a team of virtual assistants. They either work together on projects or the team member that has the most experience and skills in the area of the project completes the project.

      Usually the rates are the same as other VAs. Utilizing a Multi-VA team means that there is always an expert available to you for whatever tasks you need completed.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 3:13 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Darrell,

        That’s good that you point that out because many business owners or professionals need to know that when deciding on which method to use such as a multi-va practice or a freelance agency.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistant
        Renee~Business Consultant & Virtual Assistant

    • Richard 9:31 am on October 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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      • Clerical Business Solutions 10:20 am on October 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Richard,

        Thanks for visiting, glad that you found it informative

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Strategist & VA

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 2:48 pm on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Resumes & Curriculum Vitae(C V ) 

    If you are writing a resume it isn’t exactly a speedy process. First you got to do the brainstorming. Second you have to write then rewrite your educational and work histories until your resume perfectly boasts about your background. Plus there’s all that proofreading.

    First let’s start off with:

    Curriculum Vitae, ( C V )

    Curriculum Vitae is also know as a “C V”, which is latin for “course of ones life.”  A Curriculum Vitae is a longer version of a resume, it’s more detailed than a regular resume. It has several pages sometimes 7–10 pages long because of all the detailed information that must be included. It is a very detailed list of your educational and academic backgrounds which include jobs, teaching experiences, education, research experiences, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.

    In the United States a “C V “ is mainly used when applying for international (education, employment, overseas U.S. government opportunities, internships etc..). It’s also used in American academic/ education/ research/ scientific positions, fellowships, government positions or grants. As with a resume, you made need different versions of a ” C V “ when applying for different positions. If you are applying for jobs/ positions or education outside of the United States expect to send a “C V” instead of a resume.


    Your resume may have taken you hours or days to ponder over and then write. A Resume is a summary of your background & skills.  A hiring manager will typically spend less than one minute reviewing it after all the hard work that you put into it.  

    If your resume has any obvious errors, employers will not hesitate to delete it.  There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances choose a chronological, functional, combination, electronic or targeted resume.

    Some may even say that paper resumes are a thing of the past. With so much correspondence conducted through the internet and text messages, mailing an actual paper resume may seem passe’.

    You can’t doubt that advancing technology has made daily activities like paying bills, shopping and research fast, easy and convenient. With the plethora of online job search sites that let you upload or email resumes, applying to jobs is no exception to this rule.  When it comes to submitting applications the most convenient method isn’t always the best. There is still a need for paper resumes.

    Paper resumes may be underutilized and that doesn’t mean that they are irrelevant in todays high-tech world. Anyway that you can stand out as a job seeker you should. If some people are sending email then you send paper. A paper resume is more portable than electronic resumes and in some cases it may be easier to read. 

    Submitting a paper resume reduces formating errors that can happen with electronic resumes. You can send paper and electronic resumes when applying for jobs.  Some companies prefer the old fashion way of finding employees.  If you come across a job listing that doesn’t have an email listed then paper is the way to go.  Some companies don’t list an email address because they want it sent the old fashion way through the mail.

    • Matt 3:22 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting post…I’ve always seen “C.V.” before, but never knew what it stood for! 🙂 I also came across this helpful video series about resumes & cover letters: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/3738-how-has-resume-writing-changed-in-the-past-10-years

      Anyway, thanks for the helpful information!


      • Clerical Business Solutions 4:58 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Matt,

        Thanks, I hope that you found it to be helpful and informative. You are not alone, many people still don’t know about C V’s and how useful this document can be.

        Many people don’t how to properly write a resume or CV. It takes some skill and practice to correctly put your information on paper. It is highly important to get it correct for employers or others to see. The way that you present your resume or CV says a lot.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 12:40 am on September 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    On The Rise To The Top And Counting! 

    Did you know that the Virtual Assistant Business is booming and on the rise to the top. There are over 4,000 Virtual Assistants and counting, today and everyday.


    Virtual Assistants are independent business owners/ contractors, who provide outsourcing services and business management services in administrative/ office support and special business services such as: press release writers & distribution, resumes, typing, networking services, internet-marketing, business consultants, desktop publishing, bookeeping, office management, accounting, real estate, publishers, grant writers and more!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Virtual Assistant business took over the traditional role of an in-house employee, administrative assistant, receptionist, office manager etc…  in the next 10- 20 years or whenever. Who knows, but its more than just a passing fad it is a real career if you want to pursue this line of work. The Virtual Assistant will be the new way to do business and be an extention to your office.

    Would you believe that some people still don’t know about Virtual Assisting? Well some people still don’t and it has been around for some 10 plus years. According to CNN.com and Kathie Thomas, a Virtual Assistant in Australia, states “The term virtual assistant is frequently not looked for because the general public are still not familiar with it”.

    That is very true because if you don’t know about it then you won’t look for a Virtual Assistant. Maybe some people don’t use a Virtual Assistant because they maybe unsure about seeking their help for business/projects or how secure it maybe to work with a Virtual Assistant. Of course their are other reasons but that could be one.

    For those of you who don’t know or haven’t tried a Virtual Assistant, just contact one about the services that they provide or what you may need & ask one if they can assist you with your business or projects. Most of them are willing to answer your questions before you purchase their services.

    CNN.com also states” Those in the industry say it is on the rise because it is cost effective and  The growth is fastest in the USA, medical practioners, legal practioners, realtors, public speakers, and corporate trainers are the most prominent users of V A’s “.


    Of course there are a lot of other types of professionals and people that use a Virtual Assistants services. It costs less to use a Virtual Assistant than an in-house employee. Anyone can purchase services from a Virtual Assistant.

    When I mention that I am a Virtual Assistant to some people the response is huh, what’s that ?, like you have to repeat it again. Then once I explain what it is and my business some say thats a great idea. Well that’s okay with me because I hand them my business card and it becomes free advertisement then I direct them to my website. Some people find it hard to believe that the Virtual Assistant industry exists.

    One bad thing for the industry could be is if a lot of big corporations try to take over the VA~Virtual Assistant Industry, like a temporary service and make it seem as if the only way to get a good Virtual Assistant is through them. Hopefully that will never happen because it could diminish the look of some independent Virtual Assistants. Trust and believe there is room for everyone.

    It’s okay to work for a company if that’s what you want to do or you may be unsure of working for yourself. Do what is best for you. I enjoy working as a Virtual Assistant and being my own boss. I plan to be in it for the long haul.


    Do you need assistance with your business or projects? Then Clerical Business Solutions IS YOUR solution for your business needs.

    Clerical Business Solutions ~ http://www.clericalsolutionsinc.net 

    • Kathie Thomas 12:54 pm on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      That’s why it’s so important that people like you and me keep working at educating the public. Thanks for the mention Renee!

      • Clerical Business Solutions 2:56 pm on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Kathie,

        You’re welcome. It’s important to keep the word out about the Virtual Assistant Industry. It’s truly growing by leaps and bounds everyday.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Consultant & Virtual Assistant

    • Ezekiel Haynes 2:57 pm on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I hope and believe Virtual Assisants will be around for a while, due to amount of business transactions being done over the internet. Everythings turning to automation and VA’s are a necessary part.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 4:21 pm on September 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Ezekiel,

        Virtual Assistants will be around for a while because of the change in business. The business world is changing all the time and many organizations are looking for innovative & cost-effective ways to operate/ manage their business or projects.

        Maybe one day you’ll decide to work with a Virtual Assistant and see how beneficial one can be in your business or projects.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Strategist & Virtual Assistant

    • Michael 5:20 pm on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Virtual Assistant. Virtual Assistant. Virtual Assistant. I just like saying that!

      I want to take some time to read more about this type of service. I have the concept and think it’s a great idea. The benefits to the environment alone are well worth this becoming an extremely hot topic!

      By the way, I ran across your blog via Bumpzee.com

      You left me a little message there and for that I thank you!

      • Clerical Business Solutions 10:10 am on September 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Michael,

        You’re welcome. Virtual Assistant are also known as VA’s. The Virtual Assistant Industry is very beneficial to the environment & business. Working with a Virtual Assistant is a cost-effective, creative and innovative way to handle business. I hope one day that you may try out a Virtual Assistant for yourself just to see how good working with one can be.

        There are many benefits of working with a VA whether you are an individual , professional or business owner. You will see that as time goes by many people will be working with Virtual Assistants and with that collaboration, VA’s will be a good benefit to the business world.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistant
        Renee~Business Consultant & Virtual Assistant

    • Richard Rinyai 7:30 pm on September 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with this. I have been an Administrative Assistant for a number of years now and have dabbled with becoming a VA in the past. It wasn’t really for me at the time, but you never know, down the road, it might just work.

      I like the fact that VA’s work from home and the company that hires you doesn’t have to pay for the extra costs, such as office space, a computer, etc.


      • Clerical Business Solutions 7:35 pm on September 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Richard,

        Maybe one day you may give it a go again. Being a Virtual Assistant doesn’t mean that you are tied to a home office either. Many VA’s are out and about in the business world. With the right strategies and implementation you could have a Virtual Assistant business started all over again.

        Depending on your situation, many times owning a business isn’t right for everyone. Many people are more successful working under someone else or with another business, like freelancing.

        Companies or professionals who choose the right Virtual Assistant (VA) that’s compatible with their needs find their working relationship very rewarding.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Strategist & Virtual Assistant

    • Connie Herzog 8:14 pm on September 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have been a VA since 1997, working part-time while parenting my children. I launched my business national in February 2008. It is growing steadily and I’m excited about expanding. It’s cool! and I’m having a blast! The VA business is here to stay!

      • Clerical Business Solutions 8:43 pm on September 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Connie,

        I agree. Being a business owner has been very rewarding for me as well. Those who are good at operating a business & who choose to be a VA find it to be rewarding, beneficial and it fits right into their lives.

        Business growth is the key, it keeps your business on top and moving, just like the Virtual Assistant Industry. I wish you much success on your business journey.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Strategist & Virtual Assistant

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