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In every human enterprise, their is one factor that serves as a sticky and gluey thing – relationship.

Having a virtual assistant with you is superlative to a business – works mobile and works cheap, right!

But that’s just half of the pie, establishing a somewhat lasting relationship is another effort to take on each party.


Here are few but not limiting quick tips on your virtual business camaraderie:


CLIENT: Must be clear-cut in what she/he wants from the VA. Clients wants VAs to take other other side of the balance. Do the things you she/he might not be able to do and generate more time for other businesses.

VA: Virtual Assistants on the other hand must also clarify what their client exactly wants to avoid necessary waste of time and money.


CLIENT: Clients take time in articulating what they want to do for the day. They must bare the burden of explaining what structure they want for the day to their VAs. Poor articulation would mean wasted effort, time and resources.

VA: A VA have to be keen enough to figure out into their minds their client’s quirks. Better yet, “get into their own shoes.” That’s one thing a VA has to master.


CLIENT:  Obviously, client asserts and controls the deadline. It’s a rule of thumb, particularly if the project is fix priced even if it’s hourly.

VA: VAs must be assertive and interactive when the deadline is brought out by your client. Know your strength and weakness. Know if the deadline would work for and you will be able to come up with. Don’t hesitate to arrange on the deadline, else if things don’t get done at arranged time neither of you would hardly benefit.


CLIENT: Knowledgeability is key. Client must introduce to his/her VAs what’s the work processes. This includes, software, websites and maybe accounts that needs to be shared for faster accessibility.

VA: On the other hand, if the VA knows better about the stuff mentioned above, then coaching them to a client is a plus factor.


CLIENT: Client must learn to take his/her VA take control of the job. How will he knows that a VA is capable but by letting him take control after detailed instructions.

VA: You have been trusted.

It’s in your hands now. The game is yours to play – do the project as astute and as diligent as you can.

It’s your to make or break.

At the end of the day nobody is ever better or worst than you are – and, perhaps, your client has the last say




The following are just few tips on what to expect from a client who would like to hire a VA; and for a VA who wants to get into contract. These are just few but not limited to:

1. VA HUB – clients look for company or website trusted by them when they hire virtual assistants. So make sure you enlist/sign-up to a renowned VA and outsourcing companies like oDesk, Elance, Freelancer and the likes.

2. NICE AND EASY – clients are humans! They like VAs who are not just skillful but nice and easy to be with. Guys, clients can read and feel by the way you write your cover letter, so be at your best composure before you write your cover letter.

If it’s call and video interview – get dressed and smile. Treat him/her as a friend whom you are willing to help get through his needs or establish a business rather than just a client.

Try that, and you hit two bird with one stone – a friend and a client!

3. TEST HIRING – you have to get used to this. Clients tests every VAs they want  to hire, mostly through a week time. So make sure to do it your very best when you have a dry run or a test run with your client.

Always be smart! Do it as if it would be your last chance to show off. And maybe, since lots of you are making the best step for the slot.

4. VARIOUS EMAILS – clients used to have various emails especially if they have several assistants. Since using her regular/personal email would over-populate his inbox and would be difficult for him to read all of them.

In case your client don’t know it yet, be smart and suggest it to him. That’s a nice plus factor.

5. SPECIFICS – good clients are well versed at giving detailed instructions, some are not. Here is one best thing that you do, smart guy, after he has given you instructions make sure to rephrase or repeat the instructions to him the way you understand it. This way you won’t miss a thing textually and ideally.

6. SORTING – clients sort their tasks according to importance, again to highly aware and conscious clients. To VAs it might be one of your noble role to remind your client of the virtue of sorting, then you’re one thumbs up ahead.

7. GRADUAL INCREASE – long term clients are more likely to double your duties after one another. They increase your load bit by bit. He even knows when to increase your tasks. Some clients who doesn’t know this usually begets VAs that also mess-up. So make sure to remind your client about work loads and outputs.

8. MULTIPLE ASSISTANTS – clients with business usually hoard more than one VA. Obviously, to delegate balanced workloads and for emergency purposes whereby a VA suddenly gets lost in the blue without prior notice.




1. BLOG/WEBSITE – one of the basic prerequisite of and for a Virtual Assistant is a website or at least a blog. This is the hub or the drop site of everything you know about internet, the service you want to offer. In other words this is where you place your portfolio.

2. TIPS & TRICKS – I don’t know, but ultimately, if a client sees your site with tips and tricks in it – they’re more likely to hire or qualify you in his job posting.

3. KEEP THE BELL RINGING – keep in touch with your client every now and then even if the contract is over. Send him updates about your career, new services you have or even just greet him saying “Hi.”

4. KEEP LEARNING – don’t rest on your laurels. Becoming complacent is fatal to your career or business. Remember you are in the cyber platform where the only permanent thing is change and innovation.

Don’t get left behind. Keep on upgrading yourself.

5. GET A MENTOR – Better yet, learn from the pros. Accept it, there are people who have gone before you. And they are much eager to share their knowledge as much as yo are eager to learn.

6. BE A MENTOR –   you are the effective effect of the cause. In other words, be a mentor yourself. That is why a blog/website is important. It is where you will share what you have learned.

7. CLIENT FIRST – it is good to think that you have clients because you need them and it is better to think that they need you – but it is best to think both. Nevertheless, by the rule of thumb it is always what the client needs, not what you need. We’re not saying that the “client is always right” – you know it.