You`re right! That`s a great business idea!
I know that as a Virtual Assistant I started out doing admin work and then changed the name of my business to Virtual Associates because at this point I know so many people that if a client asks me about something I don`t know the answer to, I know someone that does.
Or I know someone that knows someone that does.
I think that the Virtual Assistance industry is becoming the filler for that particular need. While I`d love to start a paid membership website for however much a month...lives and situations and businesses change...and my Access expert today may not (read=will probably not) be my Access expert six months from now.
I know there are others out there (many) that have built relationships so that they can be Johnny-on-the-spot for soup to nuts...but there doesn`t seem to be a term for it.
Consultant? Not quite...there is a lot of baggage that comes with the term and it doesn`t seem to fit.
Project Manager? Well...in a sense...but not in the "whip out my MS Project and PMBOK" kind of way.
Virtual Assistant? It`s sketchy, because most people think that if you`re a VA it`s admin-only (and customer service *cringe*) and that`s so not what I`m trying to accomplish with my business.
Virtual Associate? May as well call me a Virtual Assistant..it`s such a fine nuance.
So...while I think this is a great business idea...maybe it already exists and just needs a good name. What do you get when you roll an EA, a PM, and a VA together?
For a very knowledgeable person, with some software skills and has a "go-to" network, this sounds like an excellent idea for a priced-right membership site. Price it low for more members to share the question load, or price it modestly high if you have a team of QUALIFIED experts available...
The are several membership site software packages available that would do just fine. The best of the lot costs under $200... and you do not need any "training programs or systems" to get it going. There is ample free info around to learn that which you need to sharpen up on. I bought one from `the lady in UK`... and like it. There is also a shareware version that I haven`t tested, but have heard good things about too. Google it and it will become obvious which ones I`m talking about... or, I might share a link with the truly desperate.
I say go for it - if you can.