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Are you ready to make your life a little easier? Get a Personal Assistant!
Since June of 2010, I have been slowly outsourcing some of the more redundant parts of the business to my personal assistant. I found her on oDesk.com and it has been working out great. It has enabled me to juggle all the parts of my life a little easier, as well become more productive. I only really speak to her once every couple weeks and for the most part she has done really well.
You might say, “I can’t afford a Personal Assistant!”. However, you probably can and it will make you money if you handle it right. Consider this:
You spend 5 hours per week doing tasks that a PA could do. I value my time at $50 per hour on the low end. So that is $50 x 5 = $250/week. Let’s say you pay a PA $10 per hour and have them do the work. So $10 x 5 – $50/week. My personal assistant saves me $200 per week or $10,400 per year.
If you have not considered getting a personal assistant, I highly encourage you to do so. Before you do, here are a couple things to consider.
1. Look for one that you can communicate with. If they can’t speak English very well, you will find yourself totally frustrated and spending too much time clarifying your directives.
2. Have an idea of what tasks you can give them. When I first talked with my PA, I had a list of 5-6 immediate things that she needed to do, as well some tasks that could be done long term. A PA can answer email, moderate comments and forums, schedule meetings, answer company phone calls, input line items into Quickbooks for financial reporting, and so much more.
3. Communicate often and give performance feedback. I have done a poor job of “touching base”, because my PA does a great job. However, I have found myself frustrated at time when things are not complete either on time or as I directed.
I encourage you to try it out, you might find you enjoy it!
Very nice site. Good job!
Nice! We probably should touch base on that one...
Thank you, Andrew....I will be considering a PA soon. Your input on this matter is appreciated.