Personal Assistant vs Virtual Assistant: Which one is right for you?


Virtual Assistance has been around for quite a while now, although in saying that, it is something fairly new to the South African market. People get confused with the difference between Personal Assistant’s and a Virtual Assistant and I am here to clear any confusion up.

A Personal Assistant is someone who:

Is based in the office of her employer
Is provided with office equipment for example: laptop, printer, desk etc
Gets paid a set salary, which may or may not include fringe benefits such as: Medical Aid, Pension Fund, Car  Allowance etc
Has set working hours (usually between 8-5 pm dependent on the employers requirements)

A Virtual Assistant is someone who:

Is based in their own location and is able to even work internationally while working from home
Works from own office and uses all their own office supplies
Charges clients as she sees fit and can earn as much as she wants
Works whatever hours she decides to set for herself and decides exactly how many hours she would like to work per day
Chooses her own clients and decides who she would like to work for
Decides what services she would like to offer, depending on her skill set

As you can see there is a big difference between the two, but how do you know which one is best for you?

Pros of being a Personal Assistant

If you prefer a standard 8-5 pm job, being a PA is best suited to you, as a Virtual Assistant has various hours that she works, she also runs her own company so all responsibility lies with her to grow and manage the company
If you want to earn a set salary that you know will get paid the same time every month, then being a PA is ideal
Set salary guaranteed every month (although limited space to grow your income)
Promotion capabilities

Pros of being a Virtual Assistant

Being your own boss is the number one attraction to being a VA, so if this is something you are looking for, the world of Virtual Assistance is waiting for you
Flexible working hours
You can earn as much money as you desire
You can choose which clients you work with and what work you are willing to do
No sitting in traffic
You can do work in your PJ’s 🙂
You can work from the beach if you want or from a corner café in France
You can spend time with your kids helping with homework after school
You can do yoga in the middle of the day (my biggest attraction :))

As you can see being a PA or VA has its own benefits, depending on where you are at in your journey. If you have always dreamt of spending more time with your family or setting your own flexible working hours, then perhaps being a VA is the way to go for you.

If you are interested in setting up your own business, give me a shout so we can have a chat. I am a VA coach and can help you set the whole thing up. Can’t wait to hear from  you.