Questions for the Virtual Executive Assistant

“While you are busy focusing on your business I am busy in the details of your business…”

In her first few months as a virtual executive assistant, Jennifer Cass, an alumna of the UCSC Extension Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program, says she encountered a few misconceptions about virtual executive assistants. Below is an excerpt from one of her blog posts: “How I Created Freedom in My Life and Built a Business Providing Freedom for Others.”

Getting Started

In the first few months as I launched my business I came across a few common misconceptions about what I do. I went back, reworked few things and thus, Jennifer Cass, Virtual Executive Assistant services was born. (See related blog post: “Executive assistant sets out her shingle in the gig economy.”)

Here are some of the questions I received and explanations as to how I can provide freedom for you and your business, association, or nonprofit.

Q: You’re virtual so would you come to work an event?

A: Yes! Just because I work virtually doesn’t mean I won’t leave my house. I love face to face meetings! Some clients need help arranging an event or taking registrations and sales. Working virtually means I provide all my equipment, and work independently! While you are busy focusing on your business I am busy in the details of your business, your blog posts are going up, your mail is getting read, and your research is getting done. Freedom!

Q: What are your rates and do you bill hourly?

A: I bill hourly, and I provide convenient packages of 5, 10, 15 and 20 hours. That blog post you needed me to do? That took 2-5 minutes. Guess how much more I can get done in that one hour for you? You don’t need a lot of hours to free up your time in a big way.

Q: I have this one task, but it is so mundane and simple, would you want to do that?

A: Bring it on! I sink my teeth into something complicated and strategic, and I love problem-solving. But combing through documents to make sure every period is in place, formatting is perfect or deleting those duplicates excites me just as much. Do you know why? Because I am creating freedom for you!

Visit Jennifer Cass at her website to learn more about one of our exceptional graduates.

Learn more

Explore the UCSC Extension Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program by visiting our website.

 

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