Just saw some idiotic tweet on Twitter. Nothing irritates me more than reading any variation of the ridiculous phrase “…manage your Virtual Assistant…”
Virtual Assistants are not “managed.” A Virtual Assistant is not an employee. Do clients “manage” their attorney? Their accountant? Their doctor? Their mechanic? Their plumber?
Why on earth do they have this insulting notion that they are going to manage us?
Why? Because Virtual Assistants themselves insist on allowing themselves to be led around by the nose by clients like a bunch of schmucks.
They don’t have the balls to come out and say “no” to clients, to say no to being “managed;” to correct clients when it’s clear they don’t have the proper understanding of the nature of the relationship.
They’re so freaking afraid of losing the client. What hostages! I can’t imagine living life like that.
It’s both sad and maddening at the same time.
To Would-Be Clients: I run my own business, thank you very much. I am not your employee. I am your Administrative Consultant. You’re not going to manage me anymore than I am going to manage you. I expect you to talk to me and about me with the same professional respect you would have for any other kind of professional you expect to help you in business. Otherwise, we have no business together.