I have not used a "virtual assistant" as such, but many times over the years I have tried to leverage my time by using temporary administrative helpers of various types.
Maybe it`s just me, but in most cases, I find that it takes me almost as much time to communicate with the "assistant" as it would take me to do the job myself. For example, when working with an assistant, I have to define what I want done, explain it to the assistant, answer questions while the work is in progress, review the finished product, and communicate any corrections required back to the assistant. In many cases, the time it takes me to do this, I could have completed the entire task myself. This is particularly true today when so many things can be done quickly and easily on the computer.
So for me as a small business owner, it is not so much the cost of the assistant`s services as it is the hassle in trying to make the whole thing work. Clearly, when there are large multi-day tasks (such as a mass mailing) to be performed, the use of outside help can be beneficial - but I have had a hard time making it work for my smaller day-to-day administrative tasks.
SecurityProfessional10/27/2007 3:16 AM
Michael A. Silva