What’s the Difference between a VA and OBM?
Are you looking to hire for your business?
Are you looking for a virtual assistant (VA) or Online Business Manager (OBM)?
Wikipedia defines a virtual assistant as:
Typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
I spent over three years as a VA doing different jobs here and there when clients needed them. Mostly around website updates, creation, email marketing, email list clean up and migration, and so much more. VA’s are very useful to hand off tasks to.
Whereas the Online Business Manager (OBM) as defined in my last blog “What is an Online Business Manager?” OBM’s partner with small businesses to help them scale. Think of your last corporate job – did the company have a HR department? Chief of Operations? Cheif Information Officer? … The list goes on and on. That company probably had all their ducks in a row knew how to hire and fire, had a company policy, and a manual to go along with it.
An OBM helps setup your Standard Operating Procedures so your team knows what to do when to do it, how to onboard new clients, and so on. Setting you up for success with clients and your team.
So, if you want an assistant to hand off tasks to a VA is a great choice. If you want a partner to aid in building and scaling your business then an OBM is the route to take.
Certified Online Business Manager | Virtual Operations & Technology Specialist