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Affordable virtual personal assistants

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday July 7, 2008 )

Do you find your days sometimes wasted with tedious tasks? Perhaps you need a personal assistant – it’s cheaper than you might think!

Making appointments, looking for resources on a specific topic, online purchases – all these tasks can distract you from your core business focus. The answer for many executives is to hire a personal assistant – but this can be very costly. Perhaps you don’t even need a PA on a full or even part time basis, just a few hours a week.

Consider a virtual assistant.

I came across an interesting service called GetFriday.com. They state they can handle almost any task, business or personal, that doesn’t require physical presence. Areas covered include Accounting, Home Assistance, Paralegal, Travel, Appointments, Marketing, Personal, Customer Relations, Online Purchases, Research, Follow Up, Organizational and Secretarial. They’ve also performed some rather unusual tasks such as arranging to have a broken window repaired.

The cost? Depending on the plan you select, anywhere from $7 – $15 an hour; the lower price for bulk hours and the higher price being for a pay as you go option. Basically you could get a personal assistant for forty hours a week for just over a grand a month.

The reason the service is so cheap is that it’s based in India. That’s not a problem as long as the PA has a good grasp of verbal and written English. Something I like about the service is that once you sign up, you’ll have one Primary Assistant, a single person you communicate with and hand all your tasks to. That person will have to a pool of expertise (technology skills, creative skills, customer relationship skills) and backup support.

As for security, which is a bit of a concern, credit card information limited to supervisory personnel only.

Check out GetFriday.com – they offer a free trial.

If you’ve ever used this service, I’d be really interested in your feedback :).



 

 
1 comment for Affordable virtual personal assistants
  1. Awesome post and a great idea. The first time I saw this mentioned was in a book by author Tim Ferriss titled the four hour work week.

    If you have ot done so already, it’s definitely worth popping over to his blog to have a read.

    Comment by Bronson — July 7, 2008 @ 3:11 am

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