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  1. Now that you have found ways on how to start your Virtual Assistant business. You are armed and eager to work with your ideal clients. But you keep wondering, Are you still operating as an employee? should a virtual assistant provide a Resume? can you be a Jack/Jill of all trades? Yes, these questions might still be lurking at the back of your head or maybe the forefront! So here I will share my opinion as well as what I have since learned on my journey so we can clear up these 3 common misconceptions in the virtual assistant industry. Are you still operating as an employee? You are so excited now that you did your first consultation, but that one question came up on the call if you should ask your prospective client to take care of your taxes and insurances. No! Do not do that, because you are only being contracted to do the task or service that you are offering and being paid for. So to tell it as it is, you are a home-based, independent contractor, that normally sets your prices, your hours to complete a specific task, as well as manage your own insurance, as well as taxes. So no way are you an employee! Should a virtual assistant provide a Resume? I have seen this posted so many times on social media. I also see prospective clients posting this on social media when they are hiring a VA, that the VA who is applying for a position should also provide a resume'. Now you can imagine the confusion this will cause when this subject matter is not addressed correctly. Remember that because you are an independent contractor that the best sorts of reference that you will and should always provide are your testimonials from past clients or references. Can you be a Jack/Jill of all trades? Yes, it's always nice to try and go the extra mile to accommodate your clients when they have come to you about doing a particular task or service. But, you can very well become overwhelming to learn a new task or burn out trying to please your client when you know very well this type of task is not your cup of tea. That is why its always good to outsource or recommend your client to someone else who may be a good fit at this time. Nothing in itself is wrong with attempting to try the task, but would you rather do this when you can be very well helping a client who needs your expertise at this time? I would love to hear other misconceptions that you have experienced or heard of before. Until then, Juli.
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