What is the difference between an Online Business Manager and a Virtual Assistant?

by Tina on March 13, 2009

It is by far the question I am asked most often, and for good reason.

Although similar in nature, there are some very key differences between the role of Online Business Manager and Virtual Assistant.

If you are a VA or aspiring OBM it’s really important for you to understand these differences, so that you can a) decide which role is the best fit for you and then b) be able to clearly articulate the difference to your clients.

If you are a business owner it is really important for you to get clear on a) what your business actually needs and then b) look at whether you need to hire a VA or OBM to fill that need.

There is alot of ‘grey area’ right now when it comes to understanding the difference in these roles, and so i’ve put together a comparision chart to help illustrate each role and how they work together. (And to also clarify when a business owner is ready to hire either a VA or OBM).

>> Click here to download the Comparison Chart

Feel free to share this report with your clients and colleagues, you have my blessing to do so as long as you don’t make changes to the PDF.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynne Masters-Lee October 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Excellent explanation of the difference between the two. If I were younger and more motivated I could see myself starting out as a VA and ‘graduating’ to being an OBM.


Heather January 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Okay: so I’m clearly in need of a VA and not an OBM yet. Where do I go? Who do I talk to to find the right VA?


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