Dear Danielle: Are We Management Consultants?

Dear Danielle:

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. 😉

I am not an advocate of the word “virtual.” It’s a silly, idiotic word that doesn’t belong in the vocabulary of a proper business.

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:

Dear Danielle: We Loathe the Virtual Assistant Term
What Makes Someone an Administrative Consultant?
Dear Danielle: Should I Use the Word Virtual in My Biz Name?

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; however, that’s 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 they 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.

2 Responses

  1. Jacqueline Sommerville says:


    Just wondering if you were still around and if everything is okay with you? I haven’t seen anything in a while. Just concerned.

  2. Hi Jacqueline. Thanks for asking. I have been going through an extremely tough journey with my dad for the past 7-8 years, one that has become ever more difficult these last couple years. He has Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia and making sure he is well cared for and looking out for all his affairs–with little to no help–has been the most overwhelming/exhausting/depleting experience I have ever been through. So I have been on sort of an informal hiatus. I am still in communication with folks who reach out for help behind the scenes and working on other things, though. Still alive and well, trying to survive this nightmare we are all going through this past year, lol. How have you been doing during the Covid crisis? How is your business faring? Are there any questions or particular business topics you are most interested in?

    PS: I am still grateful every day for my administrative consulting business and the freedom and flexibility it provides, which has allowed me to do what I do for my dad. If I was an employed nine-to-fiver, I would have been fired a long time ago.

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