3 Reasons Why You Need A Virtual Assistant
A few months ago I got sick of all the tasks accumulated on my to-do list and decided I needed a change. I googled "virtual assistant" and hired one in India to help me out. It was a disaster because he was always saying "ok I get it" and then 10 minutes before the deadline he sent me an email "sorry, I have no idea how I can do it".
After 2 weeks I canceled and tried to find a better match. I wanted someone based in the US, to reduce the communication challenge. I found what I wanted and now I couldn't be any happier about the service. Here's why you need to do the same:
- The skills: US/UK based assistant are more expensive but the skills they have is so different. My assistant helps me with the SEO and marketing for my website and even do some research for the book I'm writing. It's probably useless for the majority of you guys but that says a lot about what they can do!
- The peace of mind: I'm planning a week-end abroad in Budapest. I just sent an email to my assistant asking for a list of hotels in my price range in a nice district. She sent back 4 options, I made a choice and told her to book it for me! I could have done it myself but I'd rather be doing something else...
- The bragging: having an assistant is pretty cool I must admit. You can make him/her book your sessions with your tennis coach for instance or call your friends to set-up meetings. Yes you'll look like a show-off but you work in finance so your friends already think that of you anyway
So if you have a few projects outside of work or if you travel a lot I can only recommend that you get an assistant. I personally use Zirtual. Yes this is an affiliate link but since they are invitation-only it allows you to get in. I have also heard good things about Fancy hands.
So what do you guys think? Is it worth it, would you use it?