James Caan Serial Entrepreneur, CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, former Dragon, says below what I truly believe about sourcing a Virtual Assistant.
“Like many busy professionals, time is my most valuable asset and is certainly something I’m always chasing. With the pace of modern life and business, it makes my time a vital commodity.
For the last 25 years, I have always had a personal assistant sitting next to me. Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, she decided to leave. I was left contemplating whether to simply replace her or was there an alternative out there that would achieve the same outcome?
Virtual Assistant? One of my friends introduced me to the concept of a virtual assistant. I instantly laughed! On reflection though, and on the basis that I was spending more and more time out of the office, it made perfect sense. My work schedule meant most of my communication would be on the phone or via email. So, as someone not afraid of change I thought ‘let’s give it a go’. I immediately took to the internet to find someone offering these services and subsequently appointed my current virtual personal assistant.
It’s now been 2 ½ years, and my virtual PA is based in Cheshire, whilst my offices are in London. I start each week with a list of time-consuming tasks that I assign to her. I have learned that not everything requires my own personal attention so anything like this I leave to her. We speak daily via voice, WhatsApp or Facetime for no more than 1 hour. She has access to my diary and emails and pretty much does the same job that my PA used to do.
A winning situation for both parties The result is, it suits her because she can work from home, she does not have to travel and yet she can earn a living. For me, it’s more cost effective as I don’t have the expense of a full-time salary and only pay for the hours that she works. I, therefore, get to spend my most valuable asset, my time, focusing on the core operations of my businesses. It’s a classic win-win situation!”
I couldn’t have put it better myself! Thank you James.