Virtual Assistants Recognize Administrative Professionals Week

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Wednesday, April 25 is Administrative Professionals Day--part of a weeklong celebration started in 1952 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Jeannine Clontz and Lauren Hidden, co-authors of Entrepreneurial Freedom: How to Start and Grow a Profitable Virtual Assistance Practice, also recognize the significance of administrative professionals in the creation of the virtual assistance industry.

Wednesday, April 25 is Administrative Professionals Day--part of a weeklong celebration started in 1952 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Jeannine Clontz and Lauren Hidden, co-authors of Entrepreneurial Freedom: How to Start and Grow a Profitable Virtual Assistance Practice, also recognize the significance of administrative professionals in the creation of the virtual assistance industry.

Without administrative assistants, the virtual assistance industry wouldn't be here. "My clients and I have celebrated Admin Professionals Day every year for the eight years I've been in business, because there wasn't a specific day for us. Just last year we got our own day…this year, International VA Day is May 18 (http://www.oivac.com)."

Administrative assistants and virtual assistants frequently perform similar types of work, but they are two very separate careers. While administrative assistants work for employers, virtual assistants are self-employed--working for a variety of clients either in home-based or rented offices. Many former administrative professionals with outstanding talent and business savvy have made the leap to becoming part-time virtual assistants, so they could test the waters to see if they are cut out for the Entrepreneurial Freedom lifestyle.

On Administrative Professionals Day, Lauren Hidden will be in San Francisco, CA for the International Virtual Assistants Association (http://www.IVAA.org) annual Summit. "Though it's coincidental, I think it's fitting that the IVAA Summit is being held during Administrative Professionals week," Hidden says. "With recent mentions in Redbook magazine and Reader's Digest, the virtual assistance industry is receiving more and more recognition, but many people still don't know what a VA is. Some administrative assistants get so excited when they first learn of the VA industry--it never occurred to them that they could take their support skills and become their own boss. It's like a light bulb turns on in their brain!"

While being a business owner is not everyone's aspiration or true calling, more and more businesses of all sizes and shapes are looking for outsourcing options to help minimize expenses while maintaining their professional edge. With the advanced skills and business savvy necessary to maintain a Virtual Assistance practice, using a VA is becoming the norm for smart businesses worldwide. So, as virtual assistants honor their hardworking brothers and sisters on April 25, they also encourage them to see if becoming a virtual assistant would be a good fit for them.

For more information about Entrepreneurial Freedom: How to Start and Grow a Profitable Virtual Assistance Practice, and Entrepreneurial Freedom: The Companion Workbook, please call Biz-E Press at 636-282-9550, or visit http://www.entrepreneurialfreedom.com.

For more information on Administrative Professionals Day and Week, please visit http://www.iaap.org

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