Thank you so much for the information you make available. I have purchased a couple of your products so far. I am just starting out and I won’t be calling myself a VA. Instead I refer to myself as Virtual Consultant. After getting a better understanding of what an Administrative Consultant is from your website, it seems we are like management consultants. Do you agree or disagree with this? Kind regards. —SC
Hi SC and welcome to the ACA.
In answer to your direct question, I would disagree. There’s a reason the name of this organization is Administrative Consultants Association. 😉
If you are going into business to provide the service of administrative support, then you are an Administrative Consultant, not a management consultant or “virtual” consultant (What even is that? Could be anything and does nothing to clearly and immediately tell your marketplace and would-be clients what your focus is and what you do.)
Administrative is the key word here. If you leave it out, you are not conveying the specific skill and service you are in business to provide.
A management consultant is something entirely different. If that’s what you want to go into business for, that’s up to you, of course. But to be clear, that’s not what we do here at the ACA or as Administrative Consultants.
An Administrative Consultant is someone who provides administrative support and works with clients directly in ongoing, long-term, one-on-one relationship.
Here are a few blog posts that elaborate a bit more on these points:
It seems you have an aversion to the word “administrative” for some reason. Why is that?
Is it because administrative support is not the service you want to provide? If so, there is nothing wrong with that, but it’s important to clarify that that is not what this organization is here to help with.
The Administrative Consultants Association is exclusively for Administrative Consultants: people who are in the business specifically of providing ongoing, collaborative administrative support and working directly one-on-one with their clients. If all someone does is “manage” and don’t actually provide administrative support themselves, that person is not Administrative Consultant.
Hope that helps shed a bit more understanding. Let me know if you have more questions.