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05: What exactly is a virtual assistant?

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If you are listening and thinking to yourself, “Hey, I’d like to be a VA, but aren’t really sure what that entails, then you are going to want to stay tuned!

Or if you are sitting there still telling yourself the lie that, “I have no skills to offer in the online space!” Then you definitely need to listen to this episode.

I am a FIRM believer that no matter what your current job experience entails, you have a service to offer in the online space. And you can take that and launch a profitable freelance business.

And in episode 3, I shared my process for how to determine what service you should start your business with, if you missed it, go listen to that one first!

But if you did listen, you know that there are some instances where it is very obvious what business you should launch and in other cases, maybe not so much.

For example, I had to be creative in how teaching made me an excellent freelancer, and for a lot of moms that it is not so black and white for, I recommend starting out as a VA… ANYONE can be a VA!

In this episode I cover:

  • What is a virtual assistant?
  • What do they do?
  • Who can be one?
  • Why someone would hire a beginner with NO experience.
  • Qualities that make someone a great VA.
  • What programs you should know and/or learn


I hope you enjoyed this episode. I hope that it was helpful, and you understand what a VA is now. I also hope that this episode gives you the confidence that YOU can do this. You can be a VA. There is someone out there waiting for you to help them in their business!

If you did find this helpful, I would so appreciate any shares, shout-outs, or tags on social media!

And don’t forget about our giveaway this first month to celebrate our launch!

One of the ways to enter is leaving a comment on this episode’s blog post on our website. Tell us your takeaway, ask follow-up questions, or just give some encouragement… EVERYthing helps!

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8 thoughts on “05: What exactly is a virtual assistant?”

  1. Hi Micala! Loved the podcast, I had so many “aha” moments! I am trying to figure out how to get the list of things/tools a VA should be familiar with, but cant find it in the show notes or at micalaquinn.com/4 as mentioned in the podcast. Thank you for all you do!!

    1. Sandy, I am so glad!! Send me an email at hello @ micalaquinn.com and I’ll send it right to you! Still working on getting it up 🙂

  2. I just discovered your podcast and I am really enjoying it. I love the specific examples and experiences that you gave about the work you did as a beginner VA. It was so helpful! There was a podcast you mentioned in the episode….Rachel Hollis??? I can’t seem to find it in iTunes. Maybe I am spelling it wrong or misunderstood. Thanks for all your encouragement!!!

  3. I know I’m a little late to the game but I wanted to say how much I appreciate your podcasts so far. I came across your ad on Facebook recently and have been sitting in the shadows, slowly building up the confidence to convince myself that this is an attainable goal for me. I am (and have been) desperate to find a way to work from home and this is the first time that I’ve come across something that doesn’t seem like wishful thinking. So, again, thank you so much for sharing your information. I’ve already passed it along to one of my friends in hopes that she finds the same inspiration. I look forward to continuing the podcasts and getting to a point where I can purchase your program and really get things moving.

  4. Really inspired by your podcast. But I can’t find the resource you mentioned that is a dictionary of the online tools for VA’s? Could you point me in the right direction. Thanks

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