I could have outsourced this blog post. As it happens, I didn’t, but having an extremely talented and reliable virtual assistant means that I had the option.
Instead, while I am writing this, my assistant Melissa is working from her own home taking care of many of the every tasks that arise in my business and well, frankly, get in the way of me doing what it is that I love to do, such as writing.
The investment has already saved me a huge amount of time and energy and allows me breathing space when I have deadlines looming.
What’s great about the service she offers is she makes it feel like she’s in the office with me.
The reality is she could be based in Timbuktu for all I know, but she places such a strong emphasis on providing a reliable and efficient service that sometimes I forget she’s not sitting right beside me!
Melissa’s got the basics covered, including word processing, research and data entry, but there are many other things she does that are helpful for my organisation too. Some of the things she helps me with include eNewsletters, website maintenance and social media, not to mention helping organise my myriad public events, speaking engagements and socially responsible team building for businesses.
While it would be easier for me to do some things myself, the benefit of handing them to a professional who knows me and my organisation is that when I hit a busy period there’s no stress; I have somebody standing by who knows how I like things done and is ready to step in and help at a moment’s notice.
It also means I have more time to spend focussing on the more important parts of running the organisation and making a difference to people and causes in need.
It’s great to know that I can be having meetings, be at national and international events or even having a holiday and know that things are still happening in my business.
Do you use a virtual assistant? What could you do more of that you love if there was someone who could do more of what you don’t enjoy?
Melina Schamroth | Social Entrepreneur – www.madwoman.com.au