How do you title yourself?

yaniimarie

Member
Hi all

I've yet to post much on here, because I just like looking around and absorbing everyone's knowledge. :)

But I've been thinking of this lately. I still freelance but I'm working on officially "setting up shop," which my long-term clients are very happy to help me with and are excited to move forward with me. But I'm concerned that the title "virtual assistant" might not work. I like it and I use it fairly often, but a lot of people in this profession consider in vague or almost demeaning to be defined as "assistant."

What do you recommend as possible alternatives? I've read in a few places "administrative consultant," but I'd love to hear any other ideas y'all have.

Best
Aiyana
 

SuzannaK

New Member
I have been using “assistant” because people are familiar with the term “virtual assistant” especially in certain industries like coaching and speaking. But, in my experience, some people do treat you differently with that title and expect you to cater to them, especially clients who have never had VAs before. I think the important thing is to have good boundaries set.

I know that some people use the term “consultant”, but this sounds more like a coach to me. Maybe something like “Virtual Professional” might work. I am not sure what is the best term but I think if you specialize in something, you might be better off using the term for that area. For example, if you specialize in marketing, you might call yourself a Marketing Professional instead of a Virtual Assistant, or if you specialize in social media management, you might call yourself a Social Media Manager instead of a VA and just add that you do some admin work if that is the case.
 

deedallas

New Member
I like Virtual Professional that sounds so Important...lol......But it does seem like it will work if you don't want to use Assistant... Good Luck with which ever way you decide to go.
 
Hi all,

I'm getting ready to launch soon, and I've also struggled with what to call myself. Right now my (still in process) website lists me as a virtual assistant/consultant, but I'm rethinking that after reading this post. I've also wondered about the connotation of being labeled an "assistant" or a "consultant." I do like the term "virtual professional," but I wonder if it's too vague. I'm curious to see what the established VAs have to say.
 

yaniimarie

Member
Thanks you guys.

Wendy, I have the same concern as you as far as "professional" being too vague.

Personally, I'm working on finding a way to sort of group my skills together into a common category. My niche doesn't really pertain so much to my skills as it does my client preference, since I prefer to work with small business owners. It may be possible to incorporate that, if not in title then in tagline.
 

oofva

Member
Officially on my business cards, I'm the Chief Task Master (it's true!) but in general circles, I use Administrative Consultant.

In my honest opinion, there is not a single title out there that is accurate.

While I don't mind Virtual Professional, "professional" can include social media specialists, graphic artists and designers, content writers, bookkeepers, video editors, etc.
 

AuroraMuse

New Member
If its a fit with your business and target audience you can get creative with your names based on your services. I love things that I've seen around like "wordsmith" or "the communication stylist (TM)" (from Nikki Brown) for copy writers. Delegation Diva is another. (Of course this doesn't always work well for SEO so just be aware of this and find other ways to work it in)
I currently call myself a VA because its the most well known term in my opinion and I already had trouble defining that to people. But I also call myself a Business Solutions Specialists because my main focus is finding solutions for issues in your business. Some more creative names describe themselves (like delegation diva gives obvious hints on what one might do)
I'm thinking about coming up with a few other creative names for myself to incorporate into my packages and marketing as well.
 

Susankelly

New Member
I don't really like Virtual Assistant either but virtually everyone knows what an assistant is. When you're a Virtual Professional what are you professional at? House cleaning, dog training, content creation, it could be anything. I do so much more for my clients than admin work - but don't get hung up on the name. I honestly felt it was demeaning to my 30+ years of education and experience but again, most people, more or less, understand what a virtual assistant does.
 
If its a fit with your business and target audience you can get creative with your names based on your services. I love things that I've seen around like "wordsmith" or "the communication stylist (TM)" (from Nikki Brown) for copy writers. Delegation Diva is another. (Of course this doesn't always work well for SEO so just be aware of this and find other ways to work it in)
I currently call myself a VA because its the most well known term in my opinion and I already had trouble defining that to people. But I also call myself a Business Solutions Specialists because my main focus is finding solutions for issues in your business. Some more creative names describe themselves (like delegation diva gives obvious hints on what one might do)
I'm thinking about coming up with a few other creative names for myself to incorporate into my packages and marketing as well.
Aurora I like the way you think!I call myself a Business Solutions Specialist also. I use virtual assistant on my website because its commonly used. However once you view my About Us page I sign my name using my Business Solutions Specialist title.

Just use what title best describes you. Your work will speak for itself. If you want to get hits on your website then include virtual assistant someone on it.
 

Christheva

New Member
I would caution away from trying to reinvent the wheel. Some people absolutely refuse to call themselves virtual assistants. The term has already be coined, and disseminated to such a degree that you're not going to get around it. The word "assistant" is just a word. It means to provide help to someone. It doesn't make you an employee. Only you can decide if you're an employee or a business-minded person.

Like others have mentioned, some people call themselves various terms. I've heard "administrative consultant", and "virtual consultant" but I find those terms confusing as a VA myself. The word "consultant" conveys a completely different message. It sounds smarter than assistant, but it doesn't accurately define the work we do, in my opinion.

So I decided on virtual assistant. Its even in my company name. But I don't consider myself anyone's employee. I've built my own business my own way with help from no one else. I also keep myself educated and up to speed on various skills by myself. I know what needs to be done and I get it done by myself. I don't have to be managed by anyone.

So make up your own mind. If you don't want to use assistant because it doesn't suit your business name, don't. But don't not use it because it is "demeaning". It's only demeaning to people who let something like a word define the what they bring to the table.
 

SuzannaK

New Member
I agree Christheva. Also, in my mind, “consultant” sounds like someone who would be pretty expensive to hire (I think most start at $70 an hour). In contrast, an administrative assistant does not make much money usually. So, to put the words “consultant” and “administrative” together in the term “administrative consultant” looks kind of funny to me.
 
I go by Digital Media Manager, because that best describes my area of services. I just felt like Digital Media Manager made more sense in the scope of my business. I have no problem being referred to as a VA though.. in the end I still assist clients virtually with their business needs. I think it just depends on your niche and personal preferences.
 

AuroraMuse

New Member
Aurora I like the way you think!I call myself a Business Solutions Specialist also. I use virtual assistant on my website because its commonly used. However once you view my About Us page I sign my name using my Business Solutions Specialist title.

Just use what title best describes you. Your work will speak for itself. If you want to get hits on your website then include virtual assistant someone on it.
Really Camille? That's great, I love it! And I thought I was being original hehe. Though I was worried since its not a popular term and when I looked it up not many clear answers came up. But I think the name pretty much starts to speak for itself enough that you're not totally lost.
Your method makes sense. The way I refer to myself is both VA/Business Solutions Specialist together...mainly because its a new term for me and because people are more familiar with VA so I feel more comfortable presenting them both together at the moment.
 

AuroraMuse

New Member
Of course there's some great comments here and as many said, its a personal decision that you will choose what best fits for you.
Personally I don't think highly of the term "Virtual Assistant", not because it makes us an employee in anyway but rather because it feels too general. Its great to be able to umbrella ourselves under one category for purposes like creating a community but I almost feel like its similar to "Virtual Professional" (though that is even more general). I have met people that call themselves VAs but do vastly different things. So personally I think it's better to find a term that really describes what you do for your clients, either paired with VA or standing alone. You can even say something like 'the/your _____ V. A.' so your social media VA or your marketing VA. Etc.
 

JeanetteKierstead

New Member
The fiction writer in me would love to come up with a super creative title for myself like Self-Publishing Consultant and Virtual Hand-Holder. Okay, maybe that's not incredibly creative, but I find myself trying to search for SEO titles that will get me the most views and searches online while trying to explain in a title what I'd like to do for clients.

Actually, while not creative, that title above might be starting to grow on me.
 

CallShona

New Member
I call myself "Executive Virtual Assistant". When I was in the Corporate World my last title was Executive Administrative Assistant, so I figured why not switch out Administrative for Virtual.
 
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