Sorry for getting back to you so late. I`m not getting the email notifications that I clicked on for some reason.
Anyhoo... let me see if I understand your question correctly. Are you saying that instead of doing admin work, your clients are expecting more consultant-like advice and responsibility from you?
If that`s the case, what that would signify to me is that there`s perhaps something not getting communicated clearly. As a business owner, you are perfectly entitled to have whatever standards you want in your business such as who you want to work with, who an ideal client is for you, and what services you will and won`t provide.
That being said, it is up to us as the VA business owners to clearly communicate to clients what those standards are, and that may even include something that let`s them know that you are never responsible for their business, that you are not a consultant, but a service provider. You are not responsible for making decisions and determinations, nor for outcomes, in a client`s business. You provide services that support them, but ownership (in every aspect of the word) remains with them. Of course, you always want to convey things as graciously as possible, but it very important to be very clear, direct and assertive.
And if you sense they are looking for more direction than you are prepared or equipped to provide, you might also refer them to a business coach or whatever other expert or consultant they might benefit from.
Hope that helps somewhat. And if I`ve not understood the issue, please feel free to restate. :)
Danielle Keister, The Relief Virtual Assistance
Administrative Support Services for Business Consultants and PR Professionals | Founder, Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce