Terminology can be a funny thing. What seems a perfectly clear definition to you may be quite ambiguous to another person.

In this week’s episode of the Educated VA podcast, I share my thoughts on what the words “virtual assistant” mean to me, as well as what some other industries and markets believe.

Today’s Tip

If you work by the hour, then time tracking is a vital part of your business. For a long time I used Freshbooks, which is a combination time tracking and billing software. But once I reached a certain number of clients, the cost became more than I was willing to pay.

I’ve found a new app that makes time tracking super easy, and it’s a lot less expensive than Freshbooks. Toggl.com does not do billing. All it does is track time, but the reporting features are really stellar.

Note: In the audio I mistakenly say that I was paying Freshbooks $25 per month. That’s not true. Their basic rate is $19.95. 

Find out more about Toggl at www.Toggl.com.


What the Heck is a VA?

Depending on who you are and what your background is, we might have a very different opinions of who a VA is and what he/she does.

This episode takes a look at:

  • Definitions from around the web
  • The difference between a virtual assistant and an administrative assistant
  • How various industries view virtual assistants
  • Whether or not you need certification to call yourself a virtual assistant

This Week’s Business Building Resource

I’m a bit of a productivity geek. I’m always striving to find more hours in the day, and for me, that all started when I discovered a book called Getting Things Done, by David Allen. It’s a complete framework for creating your own productivity system, so you can get more done in less time.

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode




Wikipedia’s Virtual Assistant Definition

Getting Things Done, by David Allen

Your Turn

What about you? Do you refer to yourself as a virtual assistant? Do you find the term too broad or ambiguous? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts, or send me a voice message


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