I just finished Tim Ferris’ excellent book The 4-Hour WorkweekÂ and it’s already had a significant impact on my life: It’s given me more free time.
The best tip I picked up from the book was hiring a virtual personal assistant (PA). Everyone has those annoying things on their to-do list that have been there for months, which just aren’t getting done. They’re important but youÂ just don’t have enough fricken time to finish them.
Enter a ‘Virtual PA’. If you’re running a small business like Gill and I, you can’t justify spending Â£18K-Â£30k on the luxury of a PA. However, with the advent of the global marketplace, you can get aÂ quality PA who works remotely, at a very affordable price.
I signed up with Get Friday, a reputable service in India. I’ve been assigned a PA named Shinu and he’s been very professional and helpful with the two tasks I’ve given him so far. The rates start at $15/hour and if you use them enough (160 hours a month) you can get that down to $7/hour.
Tips for using Virtual PAs:
- Make sure their English is excellent (let them know you’ll need to speak to them over the phone)
- Clarify exactly what the task is – don’t assume anything
- Give them a deadline
- Tell them how long they should take
(By the way, I took the above photograph while I was at the pub tonight. I just picked up a new Casio Exilim CardÂ camera, so expect to see some more photos in the future.)