Virtual Assistance in the world
The Virtual Assistance
was born in the United States, in 1992 by
In 1997, she starts to offer her
services as Coach for Virtual Assistants through his
In 1995 was set up
IVAA, company founded by
In 1999 they became the First Organization for Virtual Assistants
was set up in 1996 by Marcela Frugoni. This was the first company of
Virtual Assistance in the Spanish-speaking world. In 1999, it
starts training Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Middle
Management positions in different organizations. Since 2001, we
have been providing Training Services for Virtual Assistants.
Today, many companies offer Virtual Assistance Training. However,
through the years it has been proved that in United States, Canada,
Australia, India and the Spanish-speaking world every Virtual
Assistant should be certified, consequently being trained, in order
to guarantee the excellence in the services they provide to their
It is also a condition that they agree to abide to
the Code of Ethics which will unite them and offer them support.
In 92, I made a huge
change. I moved myself out of the agency environment and
into my own home office. I worked as an outside
contractor for the agency, providing my clients with the
travel planning and personal assistance they most needed.
All of this was done virtually. My client base was
international. I was a Virtual Assistant, but didn't
realize it, yet.
From her rural home in
Connecticut, Christine Durst founded the Virtual
Assistance industry in 1995. She believed the Internet
could open her door to global business, and she was
correct. With Michael Haaren, she co-founded
Staffcentrix and IVAA separately but simultaneously --
with the intention of staying at the helm of the former
and turning the latter over to its members as soon as
membership reached meaningful numbers. IVAA was
incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1999 and
became officially recognized as a 501(c)(6) on February
2, 2001 with 28 members. Since then, IVAA's membership
has grown to more than 600, in 16 countries.
Collectively they conduct business worldwide, via the
Internet. The Board of Directors is now comprised of
five officers and five directors-at-large.
I created the VBSS
(Virtual Business Startup System) to be that much needed
support for Virtual Assistants worldwide. In 1997, when
I first became a Virtual Assistant, it was a
tough struggle from start-up to success. It was
a time-consuming mission to find even the smallest
tidbit of information to answer the tiniest of questions
I had revolving in my head regarding starting up a
Virtual Assistant business.
Professor Lauri Smedley, Business
Division, Sacramento City College, CA, wrote:
and Operating a Home-based Online Business
Thank you for
speading the word about my research to your VA
colleagues. Your effort have been instrumental in
putting this book together.
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