An efficient Personal Assistant (PA) or Virtual Assistant (VA) can quite literally transform your work life or even your private life.
Just think how much admin we all have to deal with these days. And equally how little time we have to spare.
Is it worth the cost of hiring someone to take care of it for you?
Simply put, yes it is! You are going to be far more productive in the office with an efficient PA by your side. You can concentrate on running the business or doing whatever it is that produces income. You will have more time on your hands to do those parts of your job which have the greatest effect.
The key is in hiring the right Personal Assistant. Beware the old adage that a good PA halves your workload and a bad PA doubles it.
An efficient PA will act as an effective gatekeeper, organise your diary and travel itineraries and sort through mountains of admin. In time, they will learn to second guess your requirements and as they sync in with the way you like to work, you’ll find they quickly become invaluable.
In time, a good PA will have got to grips with the administrational side of the role and have systems in place to make sure that things are running as efficiently as possible.
This means they will have time to take on additional projects and create even more value for the business.
I am sure all the above sounds excellent, but the caveat is, hire the right person.
There are a lot of PAs out there – some great ones, but awful ones as well. To give you a heads up, a bad PA will book you on the wrong flight, organise two meetings at the same time, book you into economy when you are used to travelling business class and hide the paperwork she is meant to be filing in a drawer!
Find a good PA through a reputable agency. Type “Hire a Personal Assistant” into google for instance.
A good Virtual or Private Assistant is equally as effective. The key difference is that they will be working remotely or from home. The nature of the work will likely be different and they might be booking holidays, managing household staff or working remotely on your behalf making sure your business or private affairs are in good order. A bad private or virtual PA could have catastrophic consequences. For instance, they might have access to your bank accounts!
Don’t worry though, as long as you hire an experienced Private or Virtual PA using a reputable agency, you will be fine.
Always take a minimum of two references on anyone you hire. Going back to the original question -
Should you hire a personal or virtual/ private assistant?
Yes definitely, but make sure you hire the right person and as importantly use the right recruitment agency to source such an individual.