Virtual Assistants, Mary Poppins & The Four Hour Work Week
June is Family Month at Home Biz Notes. When you juggle a home business with family, defining the work-life balance can be a tricky thing.
Enter the Mary Poppins of the business world - The Virtual Assistant. Just like Mary Poppins, a well chosen virtual assistant can be anything you’d like them to be and can work some magic to boot.
Four Hour Work Week
Tim Ferris, author of the hugely popular The Four Hour Work Week highlighted the many benefits of virtual assistants and outsourcing. His premise is you are better off spending the time on the things you do well (and which make you money). Outsourcing can give you the freedom which inspired you to work for yourself in the first place.
A Virtual Assistant could do
- handle emails
- respond to letters
- handle email campaigns
- write ebooks
- manage mailing lists
- do web maintenance
- handle accounts
- submit articles to article directories
- do graphic design
And so on… depending on your needs, your business and your budget. Budget and time wise, outsourcing and virtual assistants are not just for wealthy entrepreneurs. A virtual assistant can be a good investment. You might hire a virtual assistant for a one off job, a project, or on a regular or permanent basis.
As virtual assistants are contractors in their own right, you don’t have to worry about vacations and medical benefits.
Or… of course, you could start your own virtual assistant business.
- Have you ever used a virtual assistant? We’d love to hear about your experiences.
- Do you have a virtual assistant business? We’d love to feature it. Just get in touch. (Contact details in sidebar).
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