No matter who you are, there’s always a time in life when you could use a helping hand. For many people, that means hiring a personal life assistant.
Too often, people consider a personal life assistant out of reach. They think the job description of a personal life assistant requires too heavy of an investment on behalf of the person doing the hiring. Or they think of any assistant as an executive assistant—someone whose job it is to help a very wealthy individual.
But you don’t have to be wealthy to utilize the benefits of a full-time or even part-time personal life assistant. From business owners to anyone interested in a better work-life balance, it’s possible for anyone who needs a helping hand to find the right match for them.
A personal life assistant—even someone working remotely—can help reduce that stress by restoring work-life balance. Here’s how.
6 Ways a Personal Life Assistant Can Help You
A personal assistant is someone who can take on the administrative and ordinary tasks that come with running a life and outsource them. But let’s dig into the details. What can someone do to help when you hire a remote personal life assistant?
1. Making travel arrangements.
Ever wonder why a vacation doesn’t feel like a vacation? It’s usually because making travel arrangements can feel like a new job. From business owners to any employee who needs a break, outsourcing travel arrangements is a great way to reduce stress.
2. Serving as an administrative assistant.
If you want a better work-life balance, consider having a personal life assistant handle the role of an administrative assistant. This can include everything from answering phone calls for you to managing your inbox. Not everything a personal life assistant does has to fall on the “personal life” side of things. They can also handle different aspects of your work so you’re free to focus on the work that generates the most results.
3. Personal care arrangements.
Need someone to make appointments with health care providers? Massage therapists? Anything else that might fall under the umbrella of personal care? From handling these appointment-scheduling phone calls to offering personal assistant services from a remote location, a personal life assistant can do it all.
4. Arranging for errands.
These days, you’d be surprised at how someone can virtually start “running errands” for you. True, a remote virtual assistant won’t be able to be there in person. But they can often make the arrangements that make your life easier. These days, a virtual assistant can handle grocery ordering so your food is ready for your pickup. They can also free up more of your time so that you’re free to be there in person when you have to be.
5. Handling social media.
Ever feel like you need to get away from the phone for a weekend, but end up staying glued to your social media? It can always feel like social media is “tethered” to you—and not in a good way. Outsource some social media work to a personal life assistant so you’re free to be fully present with the people you care about.
6. Arranging personal shopping needs.
In addition to placing online grocery orders, a personal life assistant can manage an Amazon account. Get sick of handling your own Amazon returns, or having to do research just to find a gift? Outsource this work to a personal life assistant and you can have everything done without lifting a finger.
In short, a personal life assistant is someone who can help restore work-life balance while you’re free to focus on what’s most important. Even a virtual assistant can contribute to your personal care by handling everything that can be handled in a personal assistant job from a remote location.
6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Personal Life Assistant
Here’s the problem: too many people think that hiring someone to help with their personal care, their grocery shopping, and their life is indulgent.
But if you’ve ever noticed that your work-life balance feels off, hiring a virtual assistant can feel like one big favor to yourself.
Here are some of the reasons you should consider hiring a personal life assistant sooner rather than later.
1. Your free time is important—and it helps you stay productive.
If you don’t have enough free time, then it’s simple: your work-life balance is askew. And consider the power this has over us. In 2018, statistics showed that one third of United States respondents reported visiting a doctor for stress-related issues. Your work-life balance isn’t just a “nice thing to have.” It can be essential for your long-term health.
2. Virtual assistants are more affordable than you might think.
Take Value Walk, which says that “companies that hire virtual assistants benefit from lower costs because they are not required to provide any benefits, equipment, paid training, or bonuses.” Or the fact that a virtual assistant can save as much as 78% in operating costs per year. Hiring a personal life assistant can be one of the best investments you make this year.
3. Creating a layer between you and the outside world.
These days, we’re too connected with everything. Our phones are tethered to us. It’s too easy for people to reach us. Utilizing a personal life assistant creates a layer between you and the outside world. By eliminating distractions and outsourcing personal tasks, you’ll give yourself more time to focus on what you want to focus on. You get to choose. Do you want more free time to spend with family? To practice more self-care? Heck, do you want more time to sit down and read a good book?
4. Leverage your personal assistant’s skills to optimize your life.
Admit it—working hard isn’t as rewarding as working smart. If you have a personal life assistant with all sorts of skills like helping you protect and organize your passwords or making it easier to run your errands in one weekend trip, doesn’t that make you a more efficient individual? If you can leverage a personal assistant’s skills, you’ll see that not only do you save yourself time—but that you can create more time than you ever knew was there.
5. Improving the quality of your time.
We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have 7 days in a week. What matters is what we do with that time. And you can’t make yourself more productive unless, at some point, you outsource some of that time. Don’t just think about a personal life assistant as freeing up your time. View it as improving the quality of time that you establish throughout the day. Everything you do—from your morning routine to your sleep habits—will be affected when you become more productive thanks to their help.
6. Increasing your productivity.
Many of our lives’ problems come down to one thing: productivity. We have to get more done. And you can’t expect to get more done simply by optimizing what you do at work. When you get home, there will still be errands waiting for you. A personal life assistant is a remote worker who can step in and increase your total life productivity.
How to Start with Your Personal Life Assistant Today
Maybe you’re already convinced. Great! So what’s the next step? We like to break it down into some basic steps that demystify the process, even if you’ve never worked with a virtual assistant of any kind:
Sign up with Delegated.
This is an easy step that requires no major commitment on your part. You can simply sign up with Delegated and get the process rolling. This will allow you to check out what’s available at Delegated, and who you might be able to work with.
Connect with a Customer Success Manager.
We know the process can be intimidating at first, so we like to connect you with a customer success manager. They’ll help you understand the basic steps of the process, and what you need to do next.
Pair with a virtual assistant.
Your customer success manager will then be able to pair you with the right virtual assistant to act as your personal life assistant. Match their specific skills and experience with the tasks you most need help with.
Time to get the VA plugged in to your life. Write a list of the most frequent tasks you think they’ll tackle, and include some information about how to do it for you.
Start growing your business and reducing overhead with Delegated
1. Meet your assistant
We’ll ask you some questions to match you with one our virtual assistants as well as a backup assistant.
2. Create a workflow
Our platform gives you the power to create a workflow that fits your lifestyle. You choose how to track time, communicate, and share files with your assistant.
3. Start delegating
You have access to your virtual assistant 8am-5pm your local time. Start delegating tasks and grow as you need.
Since the idea of a personal life assistant can be new to many, we’d like to include some of the most frequently asked questions:
Aren’t personal life assistants for business owners or very wealthy people?
Sure. But that doesn’t mean they’re not for anyone else, either. A personal life assistant doesn’t have to be a major investment—for example, here at Delegated, we offer pricing tiers that allow you to hire someone part-time. You don’t have to be doing the job of three people to need someone who can help. Instead, you can simply look to add some productivity to your life by restoring your work-life balance. It’s that simple. We think this can—and should—become more commonplace.
What about working remotely?
Virtual assistants can accomplish a lot remotely. It’s true that they can’t pick up your groceries for you. But any time an arrangement can be made via telephone or Internet, your personal life assistant will be able to step in. You’d be amazed at what that can accomplish nowadays. A personal life assistant can feel like a real presence in your life because of their ability to reach out to local businesses and make arrangements on your behalf.
Should I trust someone with my personal information?
You may be interested in hiring a personal life assistant, but wary about sharing anything that you would deem to be personal information. That’s why we recommend hiring not just any virtual assistant, but working with a company like Delegated to find the qualified, experienced individuals you can trust.
Can a personal life assistant hire a babysitter for me?
This is a top question because people need to know that they can trust a personal life assistant to handle things like this. But remember: you get to onboard the personal life assistant. You get to tell them how to hire a babysitter (such as through a verified online service). Have your personal life assistant do some research online so you can feel more confident about the babysitter you ultimately choose to hire.
How can I be sure I hire the right personal life assistant?
This is where the Delegated process should help a lot. We like to assign customers with a customer success manager to help them get acclimated to the process. And we believe that you should be able to do plenty of research into what a personal life assistant can do so you can match with the right one. We believe that working with a trusted agency of virtual assistants will give you the confidence you need to get started, even if this is your first time hiring a personal life assistant.
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