Trend Spotting: Virtual Personal Assistants

Darren Barefoot wrote an article recently about virtual personal assistants and I thought I should tell you guys about some of the successes and failures with them. And, I’ll give you an awesome treat near the end of this post.

The difference between the good personal assistants and the bad personal assistants has everything to do with promptness.

The best VA’s will be the ones who see your request and have completed it within 24 hours. But, even beyond the timeliness of their responses, the top 1% will take your requests on as if they were their own tasks. For instance, writing letters that have more than just the facts in them. They know who you are and your motivations. I’ve found a few personal assistants who can do that, and they are priceless.

The worst VA’s will be the ones who don’t complete a timely request, get it incorrect, or cost more dollars or emotional expense than doing it yourself. These ones you should be able to see within 1 or 2 tasks. Fire them quickly and move on.

Now, here’s the treat. My personal assistant that I currently have has been so outstanding and quick that I’ve run out of things for her to do. So, she has some spare time, and she’s agreed that it would be ok for me to offer her services to you, my friendly and loyal readers. Obviously, she has a limited amount of time, so I suggest you act on this now if you’re interested in having a personal assistant of your own. She will work virtually if you need, but she lives in the San Diego area, speaks perfect english, and is very prompt. So, she can run local errands as well.

If you’re interested in experiencing what one of the best personal assistants I’ve ever had can do, contact me and I’ll share the info with you. As I said, though, she has a limited amount of time open.

If you know of anyone else who might need a VA/PA, feel free to link your visitors to this post.


Nate Ritter lives in Austin, Texas (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

5 Comments on "Trend Spotting: Virtual Personal Assistants"

  1. Amber says:

    Let me guess – T is your VA? Way to go bro.

  2. nate says:

    Haha.. she wishes, but no. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs in dealing with virtual and personal assistants. It is so important to get the right assistant that matches well with your needs, values, and even goals. There is nothing worse, even for the assistant, than having an assistant that isn’t right for you.

  4. nate says:

    I fully agree Darrell.

    Just so you know, Darrell, I don’t really like it when people put their advertisement/company in the name section. It looks spammy. I hate spamminess. But, for you, this one time, I’ll let you get away with it because your service is actually on topic.

  5. William says:

    As a VA, one way to know if you’ll click with your employer is to conduct a video call interview. It makes the relation between you and your employer less awkward and it would be easier to relay tasks.

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