I find it annoying when articles written about people in the administrative support business refer to them as “remote workers.”
People who are running businesses are not “remote workers.”
“Remote worker” is a term of employment meaning “telecommuter” (i.e., an employee who works from home).
Attorneys are not remote workers. Accountants are not remote workers. Web designers are not remote workers. Bookkeepers are not remote workers. Coaches are not remote workers. And neither are people who provide administrative support as a business remote workers.
These are professionals who are in business providing a service and expertise.
This stuff is so important to your mindset in business because how you think of yourself, how you understand your role, directly affects how potential clients see and understand your business as well, and it affects how your relationship rolls out from there.
Discussions like this are good reminders to always keep in mind that how you think about yourself and the service you’re in business to provide and the words and terms you use impacts how you portray your business and how would-be clients see it, and the kind of clients you attract.
If you don’t want clients who treat you like their employee, you need to portray your service in a more business-like (not employee-like) manner.
That includes not using employment terminology in any way — including the word “assistant” or “remote worker.”
How about you? Did you realize that “remote worker” is a term of employment? Is there content on your website that can be improved so clients are better informed about the nature of your