Tag archive for ‘personal assistant’

20+ Freelancing Virtual Assistants

by Samar Owais - on Jul 28th 2009 - 4 Comments
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By now, you’re familiar with the benefits of outsourcing your tasks and projects to virtual assistants. Previously, Smartlife wrote about how to choose a VA and how to choose which tasks to delegate. Actually finding a reliable VA to handle your to-dos, however, is easier said than done. One reliable source you can turn to is a...

Personal Grocery Shopper: Get Someone Else To Grocery Shop For You

by Maneesh Sethi - on Oct 15th 2008 - 1 Comment
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How often have you looked into your refrigerator and noticed that it was empty? That you didn’t have anything to eat and no ingredients to cook? I don’t know about you, but this happens to me way too often, forcing me to make an unproductive run to the grocery store or eat yet another overpriced and unhealthy meal out of the...

Personal Outsourcing Essentials: Structuring Payments

by Thursday Bram - on Oct 8th 2008 - No Comments
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One of the more confusing aspects of outsourcing personal tasks is the number of ways you can structure payments. Are you expected to pay a virtual assistant hourly? By the task? Some combination? And what is the typical price charged? By the hour Many virtual assistants work on an hourly basis — I think this arrangement is the...

Personal Outsourcing Essentials: Protecting Your Personal Information

by Thursday Bram - on Oct 1st 2008 - 2 Comments
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Some virtual assistants are more than happy to handle tasks for you that require personal information. But is it really necessary to go around handing out information like the password to your email or your credit card number? How personal is too personal? You may want your virtual assistant to purchase something on your behalf. Most...

Personal Outsourcing Essentials: Communicating Effectively

by Thursday Bram - on Sep 24th 2008 - 1 Comment
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The key to successfully outsourcing tasks is effective communication: if you aren’t able to clearly describe the tasks you want completed, it’s only a matter of time before a virtual assistant can’t complete a task to your satisfaction. Talking about tasks When you’re laying out a new task or project for your virtual...

Personal Outsourcing Essentials: Choosing Which Tasks To Delegate To Your Virtual Assistant

by Thursday Bram - on Sep 19th 2008 - 1 Comment
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When you work with a personal assistant, you have to choose which tasks you’ll delegate and which you’ll choose to tackle yourself. On the surface, it may seem like an obvious decision — surely you’re vital to getting the majority of your work done. But when you look at the wide variety of services different virtual assistants...

Personal Outsourcing Essentials: Choosing A Virtual Assistant

by Thursday Bram - on Sep 17th 2008 - 1 Comment
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If you plug “virtual assistant” into Google, the results you’ll get are overwhelming. There are thousands of virtual assistants out there who are more than happy to take on your to-do list. Choosing between them can be a little difficult, but there are several basic ways to shorten the list. Start with what you’re looking for You...