Who needs one, indeed. We all experience the overwhelming nature of the Information Age with new information to help us with our own jobs, kids that have outdistanced us technologically, and our own email inboxes, piles of mail, bills, budgets and other tasks that are necessary to deal with but sometimes represent just too much.
Enough is enough. It's time for a virtual office assistant.
The best thing about a virtual office assistant is that they don't need to be in the same town or even same state as the client. The types of tasks an assistant can for the client is only limited by creativity and resourcefulness.
Some think that having an assistant is a waste. You can do your own email, pay your own bills and keep your schedule by yourself, right? Top investors, even in this market, agree that an assistant is a must-have. The reason why is based on a simple phrase: opportunity cost.
What are you not doing when you're clearing the thousands of messages out of your inbox backlog? What are you doing instead of watching your children grow up? What are you not doing when you're messing around with your lead generation web pages? What are you doing instead of going on a date with your spouse? Opportunity cost comes in many more varieties than these examples and they cost us all in terms of quality of life.
More literal measures of opportunity cost come from the high-level work and business opportunities we might have experienced if we weren't offloading some of our day-to-day tasks to a professional handler.
While it's true that your parents may have not needed a virtual office assistant, it's very likely that you do. Take a look at where you're spending the most of your precious time. Are you doing the same things over and over again? If so make a list and seek out a skilled assistant. The leverage you gain on your time is valuable and the opportunities you unearth because of it may be beyond your wildest imagination.