Initially, I thought I’d hire a part-time assistant. I even created a job description and sent it to several people I thought might know of a good candidate. A few people applied, but then I started counting the cost:
Where would I put them, since I work out of my house?
Would I have to supply my assistant with a computer? a cell phone? other equipment?
Did I want to pay payroll taxes and keep up with the paperwork?
So, I switched gears and considered a virtual assistant (“VA”). I had hired a “VA” a few years ago, I did this more as an experiment than anything else. I hired someone in another country for about $10 an hour. It was cheap, but the service was disappointing. I decided this time that I would hire someone domestically.
I posted on Twitter that I was looking for a virtual assistant. Within an hour, Al from Internet & Affiliate Media LLC responded; we talked by phone a few minutes later and guess what?
I was so impressed by Al's responsiveness, personal values, and operating philosophy. After considering a few other options, I decided to give his firm Internet & Affiliate Media LLC a try.
Al assigned Tricia to my account. I was immediately impressed with her. She has worked for me since August 2012, and I couldn’t be happier. People I interact with, assume that we are working out of the same office. She has her own company email address, and I routinely get compliments on her responsiveness and efficiency. Here’s what she does:
She screens my email.
She checks my main email accounts, handles what she can, and “redirects”
She has reduced my email load by 90 percent.
She books my travel. She handles all the details, including airline reservations, hotels, car rental, etc.
She makes calls on my behalf.
She makes appointments (both personal and professional)
She manages my calendar. Almost nothing gets on my calendar unless it passes through her first. We have agreed together that I will only accept appointments on two afternoons a week, and she works to stay within those boundaries.
She handles other projects as needed. I continue to turn over more and more to her. For example, she recently screened all the people who had applied to be a community leader on my site. She and my manager, Joy, ended up picking the final ten I appointed.
Basically, Tricia can do anything that doesn’t require her physical presence. I started using her for five hours a week and quickly went to fifteen. I found that I was so much more productive, that it was well-worth the additional investment.
Tricia has now become such a partner in my business that I no longer even think of her as virtual. She’s just one of my teammates—and a very valuable one at that.
If you are a business owner looking for a better way to improve productivity without the added cost of pay roll, or office overhead, contact Al from Internet & Affiliate Media LLC and talk to him about the needs of your business. Click on this link to look at the company site: http://internetandaffiliatemediallc.com/