ProdPod, a Productivity Podcast The Podcast of Personal Productivity Lessons in Two Minutes or Less

July 3, 2012  

In this second episode of a four-part ProdPod series on outsourcing personal tasks, I introduced the idea of hiring a virtual assistant, personal concierge and daily money manager. In this episode, I'll explain what each is and why you would need one.


In the last episode, I introduced the idea of hiring a virtual assistant, personal concierge and daily money manager. In this episode, I'll explain what each is and why you need one.
Virtual assistants are never physically present and the equivalent to having an executive assistant. Many small business owners use them for varying levels of administrative, marketing and management duties. While they are utilized by businesses and executives most often, there's no reason why you can't hire them to do the same tasks that you would otherwise need to do yourself when you have better things to do with your time. Do you need research done for a report you need to write? Have your virtual assistant research and organize it for you. Do you need to organize your music library on your computer at home? Use a secure service such as LogMeIn Free and have him/her log in to your computer to do it for you. In the Internet Age, there's very little that cannot be done with merely a cellphone, email and a Web browser.
On the other hand, personal concierges are usually hyper-local services and are good for checking in the on the fish while you're away on vacation, waiting for the cable guy to supervise the installation of your new service and equipment, or picking up the dry cleaning or groceries. For those of us with long work hours and without spouses (or both spouses work full-time), these routine errands can really be a bear and a personal concierge service can be mighty beneficial.
Do you find it tough to find the time to pay your bills regularly or have the discipline to save? Does your mother or father's aging limit their ability to do their financial management as well as they used to? Or, are they forgetting to pay utilities? Well, you may not need a financial planner or accountant for these simple, personal bookkeeping duties. This is where a daily money manager might just be what you need.
The opportunities abound when it comes to outsourcing in your personal life, and I know that not everyone has the money to pay for a virtual assistant in their life. So, in episode 40, I'll be talking about a different way to outsource your personal tasks that doesn't require hiring anyone. Stay tuned.
I hope you enjoyed this episode of ProdPod. I'm Ray Sidney-Smith and thanks for listening. Here's to your productivity success...in two minutes or less!

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