The first level is seeing yourself as a partner with your client. The thing that my clients tell me they love the most about having a VA is having a sounding board and brainstorming partner for their business. The other side of partnerships is being able to find and create partnerships for your clients. The key to a successful virtual business (or any business) is having strong systems in place. The more the day-to-day work is systemitized, the easier it is to outsource work and concentrate on growing and marketing your business. Clients treasure VAs who can help envision, put into place and maintain these systems and processes. Ability to communicate I have only met of my clients. Nothing good ever happens overnight and it takes time to start a successful VA business (or any business). If you have the right skills, you can make the learning curve shorter, but it will still take time to build a full practice, learn to balance the spinning plates of client work, business building and home life.