Administrative Consultants Industry Survey™ 2013
Get the free results report just for participating!
UPDATE 11/29/13: 442 participants so far. We need 58 more participants to reach 500. Spread the word on the forums and listservs you belong and ask your colleagues to take the survey (give them the link to this page) so we can close it out this year at 500. Without your help, the survey will not reach goal and no one will get the results. Your help is vital and needed if anyone is to get the results report.
Industry participants who complete the survey in full get the results report absolutely free. We're shooting for 800–1,000 participants this year. The survey period will be open until we reach goal.
Of course, the sooner you participate and spread the word to your colleagues, the sooner we can meet goal, compile the results and send YOU your free report. The report will not be compiled and will not go out until participation goals are met.
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Since 2006, the Administrative Consultants Association has been conducting an annual industry survey for the purpose of taking a representative, group snap-shot of those who are in the business of providing ongoing administrative support on a partnering basis. The survey covers the categories of:
- Individual Demographics
- Education, Experience & Credentials
- General Business Demographics
- Tools & Equipment
- Employees & Subcontractors
- Success, Profitability & Entrepreneurship
- Training & Continuing Education
Judging from past years, we expect the report to be around 75–100 pages. It will definitely be chock-full of helpful, fascinating, eye-opening data. If you've participated before, there are some new questions, and I'm sure you'll find it really interesting to compare with previous years' results.
Here's the skinny...
This is an online survey—you take it right on your computer screen. There are 99 surveys questions, almost all of them multiple-choice. The survey is very fast-paced and only takes most people about 14 minutes to complete.
Who may take the survey...
Anyone who is specifically and primarily in the business of ongoing administrative support and works with clients in one-on-one collaborative partnering relationships. Only those who meet our survey criteria are eligible to complete the survey in full.
This is NOT a survey for anyone and everyone. If you are really more of a bookkeeper, web designer, marketing consultant, social media expert, etc., this is not a survey for you as those are separate, distinct professions in and of themselves and not the same thing. Hey, if you're not a doctor, you wouldn't try to take a survey intended for physician's, right? Same thing.
Likewise, this is not a survey for those who are running virtual staffing agencies or "multiple" or "team VA" businesses. Completely different business model and relationship and, again, not the same thing. If your business model is to get the work and farm it out to others, you are running a staffing business and not eligible to participate in our survey. We are only looking to survey those who predominately do the work themselves and work directly with their own clients.
Also, to be clear about our definitions, a solopreneur is not someone who works alone. As a solopreneur, it simply means that you are the craftsman in your business. When clients hire you, it is for your brain, your skill and expertise, and your unique creative and critical thinking abilities. You might have staff, other professionals and even your own Administrative Consultant supporting you in your business and helping take care of some of the behind-the-scenes load, but you are the one who works directly in one-on-one, collaborative relationship with your clients. This is who our survey is for.
You must meet the survey criteria and complete the survey in full to receive the free report once the results are compiled.
Complete the survey in one sitting. If you stop mid-way, the survey will think you've already completed it once and won't let you take it again or resume where you left off. This is to help us avoid duplicate submissions.
Complete the survey on a desktop or laptop computer. We haven't done any testing on smartphones, iPads, etc., and can't guarantee that the survey will work or that you'll be able to complete it in full on those platforms without any glitches.
Answer all questions on a page to move forward to the next. The survey recognizes when a question has been overlooked and will display a message at the top of the page to let you know. If you find you can't advance to a next page, this is the reason. Once you answer the missed question, you'll be able to move forward.
How to Get the FREE Results Report
- To get the free report, you must meet the survey criteria above and complete the survey in full.
- At the end of the survey, there is a link taking you to the sign-up page to add yourself to the mailing list. This is the ONLY way you will get the report. If you do not add yourself to the mailing list, you will NOT receive the report.
We respect your privacy! The survey itself is completely anonymous and confidential so that you can be totally candid in your responses. Since we don't collect any identifying information in the survey, the mailing list is the only way we can smoothly and easily manage the huge task of getting the report out to everyone who participated. We really, really want you to get your copy so don't forget that last step. It is the ONLY way you will get the report. :)