As a busy businessperson, you have a thousand things to do every day. You have tasks for your business, you have tasks for maintaining your home, and tasks for self-care. There are appointments to set, leads to follow-up, emails to send, and research to do. You don’t have enough hours in the day to do it all, but you don’t have enough resources to hire a full-time assistant. You do have another option: Virtual Assistants.
Virtual assistants can be a godsend by taking time-consuming and repetitive tasks off your plate. They can take care of preparing presentations, managing your social media, and proofreading your reports. A virtual assistant can make your dinner reservations, send flowers for your anniversary, and call a plumber.
I’ve been feeling really pressed for time with all the tasks for running my business, so I looked into using virtual assistants. And it’s been working really well for me. The virtual assistant service I’ve been using is Fancy Hands.
Fancy Hands is based in New York. It was founded in 2010, and uses US-based assistants. They are able to help you complete any legal task that can be done using a computer and a phone. They can set up a lunch meeting, set up a conference call, and compose an email. They can find information on activities for your kids, make reservations for boarding for your dog, and find you a housekeeping service. You can make arrangements for Fancy Hands to complete purchases of up to $200 for you.
When using Fancy Hands, you pay for a number of requests you can have a virtual assistant complete for you. A request is 20 minutes worth of work. They have three levels of subscription, each with a different number of requests available each month. If a task needs more than 20 minutes, your VA will check with you if you want to use multiple requests for it. Unused requests roll over to the next month. You can set up recurring requests for tasks that repeat. There are two categories of requests, standard and live.
For a standard request, an assistant will get back with you within 24 hours. They usually respond much faster than that. Standard requests are great for tasks requiring a response from a third party such as setting up a meeting, for research, or for coordinating anything.
For a live request, an assistant will get into touch with you within one minute via SMS text or web chat. Live requests are tracked by the minute, so if a task doesn’t use up the whole 20 minutes you still have time available for that request. They are most useful for requests that only take a short amount of time to do, like quickly looking something up, price comparisons, or making a reservation.
There are some advantages to using a virtual assisting service over hiring a full-time assistant. Hiring a virtual assisting service costs less. Fancy Hands is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. An individual assistant needs to sleep and have time off. Using an agency means that help is always only text or call away.
Fancy Hands also has options for businesses, so that your employees can use a virtual assistant to increase productivity and to reduce time they spend on secondary, time-consuming tasks. You can also offer virtual assisting as an employment perk so that your employees can have a healthier work/life balance.
Fancy Hands has a phone app, so you can use them on the go. They respond to texts, phone calls, emails, and message through the app. It is so easy to get hold of someone who can take care of your to-do list!
I signed up for Fancy Hands and I’m pretty excited to hand off some of my work. Thought you’d be interested too. As a bonus, you’ll get 50% off of your first month. Check it out!