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Hiring a virtual assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant

Like many people, I first came across the idea of hiring a virtual assistant (more commonly called a VA) in Tim Ferris’ book The Four Hour Work Week. At the time I thought the idea was interesting, but not for me.

He described having VAs do personal tasks, which I just didn’t see the point in. After all, I can make my own doctor’s appointment in the same amount of time it would take me to tell an assistant to do so and provide them the information.

But I missed two critical points.

For one thing, it’s often faster to just do the task yourself the first time. But if a task is repeatable, after that it’ll save you time to have someone else do it for you.

I also didn’t immediately make the connection that virtual assistants are not only helpful for tasks like making doctor’s appointments or scheduling trips. They can do business-related tasks too.

Now THAT would save me a lot of time, so I set out to find a VA I could afford to pay. And I quickly grew frustrated.

I knew what I had in mind, but I couldn’t seem to hire someone to do what I wanted. I tried the Ask Sunday service and was very disappointed. I tried Craigslist, and couldn’t even get my ad to show up. I tried Elance, but people’s rates were too pricey for my budget.

Then Pat at the Smart Passive Income blog wrote about his experience using odesk, and that was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time.

I now have a VA to help me with some of my business-related tasks. We’re just getting started with stuff, but so far it’s been such a relief to have someone to help. I also enjoy having completed tasks appear in my email as if by magic. It’s worth the money.

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  • I read Pat’s blog as well and it seems like a great idea if you can afford it. It will save you time and better off letting people who have the skills help out instead of wasting your time trying to do it if you know you can’t. He mentioned both those sites to me as well.

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