Which type of Assistant do you need?

You need help. Maybe it is your business that needs the assistance, maybe it is you yourself, maybe it is a combination of both. There are things you just need to DO - things you need to get DONE - and you know you have call in a professional to make it all happen.

You need more time to focus on what you need to focus on and you need to boost productivity, and for that, you need to delegate to an Assistant - someone who provides help, aid and support.

Who do you call for help?

That can be a tough one. There is much overlap, and there is no real rule, as it will differ between organizations. Titles, generally, are what companies make of them, and are often used interchangeably. As a guideline, though:

Administrative Assistants

A diverse group with responsibilities running the full spectrum from routine entry level work to senior level support, Administrative Assistants handle the activities necessary to maintain operations within an organization; they take care of the general running of an office or a department. Generally supporting more than 1 person, day-to-day responsibilities could include research, data entry, daily operations, customer support, visitors, and clerical duties in various forms.

Executive Assistants

Can have similar duties to a senior level Admin Assistant, but instead cater to the specific needs of a top company executive(s). This would most often involve higher-level duties that would correspond to the Executive's "C-suite" ranking. Tasks such as project management, decision-making, handling sensitive information, travel arrangements, and organizing schedules are some examples. The role of the EA is to free the senior level executive from any items that would take his/her time away from doing their core function, which is leading the organization.

Personal Assistants

In many ways, Personal Assistants perform like an Executive Assistant, but with the addition of duties that see them working on a one-on-one "right-hand support" basis, as well as taking on personal work for the Executive. This could mean booking personal/family appointments, running errands, and handling confidential home matters like personal finances and taxes.

All 3 of the above are employees, hired on the company's payroll. There is another, increasingly popular, option for those who don't want to add to their company's headcount, but still need to fill that painful gap in their support structure: Virtual Assistants.

Virtual Assistants

Self-employed, independent contractors who provide assistance (administrative, creative, technical) to their clients remotely, from their own home offices. Some will look after the full complement of all the administrative areas listed above; some will concentrate their service offerings on a selection of them, or in a niche area. Other Virtual Assistants can take care of digital/online marketing, graphic design, or bookkeeping.

A good assistant can save you time, money, and frustration - so you can get to work doing what you do best.

Time is precious, you know that. Things, tasks, and to-do's that take you away from your main goal of focusing on the important aspects of your business (and your life!) not only bring down productivity, but waste that oh-so-precious time. A good assistant can prevent that from happening.

As Michael Hyatt says, "Few people are more responsible for your success than your assistant. Find a rockstar."

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