Running your own business is a demanding job, and it can feel like you’re overloaded or not spending enough time building your business. One way to reduce your workload is to outsource your personal assistant needs. For example, you can hire someone to manage your calendar or inbox. The following are 5 great personal assistance providers.
Zirtual is an exclusive, personal assistant and virtual concierge service that only hires U.S.-based, college graduates. Their assistants specialize in scheduling, research and reservations, but they can expand to other tasks through Zirtual’s network of personally-tested partners. The stringent hiring criteria and focus on high-end customer service produces exceptional communication and personal fit with assistants. Zirtual is invitation-only, so you will have to undergo a screening process or obtain a member referral. Once you receive an invitation, you fill out a questionnaire and then meet with your assistant and a dedicated account manager. Unlike many similar services, Zirtual offers a customer satisfaction guarantee in which you can either receive a new assistant or a refund. The monthly plans range from $97 per month for 15 requests to $997 per month for unlimited requests of up to 50 hours. The most popular option is the premium plan of $197 for unlimited requests up to 10 hours per month.
2. Get Friday
Get Friday is another personal assistance service geared towards completing simple tasks. You sign up for a membership and are assigned a primary assistant. Get Friday uses an online security system so that your assistant never accesses your credit card information. You can sign up for either a pay-as-you go subscription for $15 per hour, or a monthly membership ranging from $65 for 5 hours to $1120 for 160 hours. If a task needs a specialized skill, then Get Friday can outsource the task to a specialist in Bangalore for an extra fee. The personal assistant is only available for a 9-hour weekday shift, and any after-hours calls will be charged at one and a half times the usage.
AskSunday is a New York-based firm that uses India-based assistants to handle day-to-day tasks. To sign up, you submit some basic personal information, and a manager will call to help assign a dedicated assistant to you. This assistant can complete a wide range of tasks, from booking a hotel to writing emails on your behalf. One time-saving feature is that you can use templates and store information in your account for later use. AskSunday is available 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday, and you have a backup assistant who can step in when your primary assistant is not available. On-demand services are about $15 per hour, or you can sign up for a monthly plan ranging from $119 for 10 hours to $1099 for 160 hours per month.
TaskRabbit is a freelance marketplace that focuses on people in your area. Since it’s location-based, you can find freelancers who can complete tasks that can’t be done virtually, such as organizing your closet or delivering lunch. You simply post a task with the maximum amount you’re willing to pay, and then TaskRabbit automatically assigns the lowest bidder to you. To ensure safety and reliability, every freelancer has undergone an interview and background check. TaskRabbit might not be available in your state, so be sure to check whether they serve your location.
Elance is a California-based company that allows employers to find freelancers from all over the world for commissioned work. For example, you can find someone to design your website, or translate documents. You can search for freelancers directly according to work type, location, hourly rate and tested skills, and the results show resumes, ratings and portfolios so you know what to expect when choosing a freelancer. Alternatively, you can post a project, which invites bids from freelancers. Next, you can communicate with the bidders to determine who’s the best fit, and then choose one. The website is easy to navigate, and provides management tools to oversee the progress of your project. Elance also features an escrow payment system and automated invoicing to quickly and securely handle payments.