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

by Tina on March 12, 2009

in Build Your Team,For OBMs,For VAs

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.

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Jaya Savannah August 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Thank you for that chart! I used to have a VA, but then have been seeing this newer term and wondering what the difference was. Now I know I only need a VA. You saved me a ton of time because I landed on your site first. Thanks.


Susa Wagner May 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Thanks for the great overview. It is really helpful in order to help some crucial differences!


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