Legally Cover Your Virtual Assistant Business

Get ready for the best virtual assistant legal advice you’ve ever received.


I’m super excited to be sharing with you today an interview with my friend Danielle Liss from Businessese. Danielle is an attorney who’s passion is to help online entrepreneurs navigate the legal side of their business.

Danielle has spoken at dozens of conferences on legal issues related to bloggers and social media professionals. I asked her to join me on a live call to discuss your top legal questions about becoming a Virtual Assistant.

Topics discussed in this interview:

  • Do this ONE thing to make sure that you are legally covered as a virtual assistant (3:13)
  • When and how you should update your contract (4:45)
  • What’s the consequence of not having a contract for your VA business (6:20)
  • What do you do with a client who won’t pay? (7:57)
  • Learn the “Certified Letter Approach” for non-paying clients (10:10)
  • Should I be a sole proprietor or form an LLC for my Virtual Assistant business? (13:10)
  • Should a virtual assistant be insured? (15:30)
  • What should you do if your client wants you to sign their contract (16:41)
  • What if your client wants to negotiate your contract? (18:05)
  • How to bring on subcontractors for your business (23:48)
  • What is an NDA and should I sign one? (26:10)
  • What if a client doesn’t want you to work with competitors? (28:02)

Check out the full interview here:

PS – sorry the audio is not 100%… but I promise the info is! 

Is your VA Business butt covered? Check out the VA Toolbox. It’s all the contracts that you need to get your VA Business off the ground and covered legally.

In the VA Toolbox, you’ll receive: 

  • A Customizable Virtual Assistant Contract
  • Instructions for Personally Customizing the Virtual Assistant Contract
  • A Customizable Subcontracting Agreement
  • Instructions for Personally Customizing the Subcontracting Agreement
  • A mock Portfolio example template 

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If you have further legal questions regarding the VA Toolbox templates you can contact Danielle at [email protected] or if you need personalized legal advice you can reach her at [email protected] 

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  1. Marius from Optiux on January 7, 2019 at 2:21 am

    I subscribed to get VA Toolbox and it is freaking awesome. Thanks a ton for sharing it 🙂

  2. David Storobin on January 7, 2019 at 2:22 am

    As a legal professional, I found your VA Toolbox to be so much helpful. Thanks for sharing it for free. Keep rocking 🙂

  3. Dawn Thurland on February 27, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I was wondering if you offered a Non-Disclosure Agreement template?

    • Abbey Ashley on May 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Hey, Dawn! Unfortunately we do not. Sorry about that!

  4. Lisa Murray on June 29, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I wonder if this advice would be helpful for a Canadian VA working with U.S. clients?

    • Abbey Ashley on July 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Hey, Lisa! We ALWAYS recommend a contract. Your contract will need to cover you in your country. For example, the contracts we have in the SavvySystem were created by attorneys licensed in the US and they are based on US law. While we do have several people who have used our contracts that do not live in the US, we recommend speaking with an attorney in the country where your business is based before using the templates to ensure that your rights are protected for YOU and YOUR business. I hope that helps!

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