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Virtual Assistants (VAs) have been stepping up to help businesses and entrepreneurs maintain maximum efficiency since about 2000. Boldly is a newer “subscription staffing” service that looks and smells a lot like a traditional virtual assistant. So how does Boldy compare with the competitors?
Boldly was founded in 2009. Their model is best suited for someone who’d like to engage in a long-term relationship with one, dedicated VA, and feels more like outsourcing to a staffing agency than delegating certain tasks. As such, they’re only available during traditional office hours.
Read the full article including breakdowns of Boldly’s pricing and a larger review of the service.
Belay (Belay Solutions) was founded in 2010, under the name eaHelp. They originally marketed administrative assistant solutions to pastors and churches, but have since rebranded and expanded to businesses of all sizes, all over the country. Their model is best suited for someone who’d like to engage in a long-term relationship with one, dedicated VA, and feels more like hiring an employee than delegating certain tasks. As such, they’re only available during traditional office hours (although this is aligned with Fancy Hands’ Dedicated Assistant service as well). Belay assistants can help with generic tasks, such as data entry, writing/editing, schedule management, and research. They also have assistants who specialize in bookkeeping, website maintenance, and social media strategy.
Diana Kerr has a great write-up of Fancy Hands’ virtual assistant service.
She isn’t against phone calls, but…
Despite the stereotypes about millennials and phone calls, I am not allergic to making phone calls, but I’ve realized over time that phone calls are rarely as quick as you think they’ll be.
She also recommends using the service for “Research” and “Simple purchases.”
Does Fancy Hands really work? Can I trust them?
Overall, I’m pleased, despite the occasional task that doesn’t go great
Arman Assadi the founder and CEO of Steno and host of the podcast FLOW with Arman Assadi has saved valuable time by using Fancy Hands. He says, “The more you can free yourself from things that don’t require your personal attention, the more successful and fulfilled you can be.”
If only we could blow away the competition by getting more actual “work” done and not having to deal with these boring, nonsense tasks. Or what if we had someone to help with the little things so we could focus on being creative and producing good work? There are far too many judgements and preconceptions about what having an assistant really means. But here’s the deal, we’re living a self-directed lifestyle, right? And if we want to be free and achieve great things we need to focus on what’s important. Outsourcing the minutiae of everyday life is one of them.
How was it judged
|User Interface/Accessibility||“Very flexible”|
|Quality of Work||“thoroughly impressed”|
|Consistency||“pretty consistent” (some assistants were better than others)|
|Responsiveness/Speed||“The biggest benefit”|
Is Fancy Hands worth it?
Overall, Fancy Hands offers an incredible value. According to Fancy Hands, the average task is something that can be completed in under 20 minutes. My statistics show that I’ve saved 4.1 days or over 98 hours of time. I recommend Fancy Hands to anyone with no reservations.
Alina Dizik has a terrific breakdown of how to use a virtual assistant.
Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business.
She shares some tips for getting the most out of a virtual assistant.
- Online Research
- Database entries
- Data presentations
- Managing email
- Social tasks
- Travel Research
- Chasing business
- Industry knowledge prep
There are tons more great tips too. Read the full article.
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We found a great review of the popular virtual assistant service Magic.
I went to sleep, dreaming of oh so many fried chicken slabs doused with the perfect marinara. I planned to wake in the morning to a slew of cheery, exclamatory Magic messages. Instead, I found no new messages on my phone.
Read the full article here.
Virtual Assistants aren’t just for personal tasks. Learn how to use virtual assistants from as service like Fancy Hands or Ask Sunday to transform your business.
Follow this guide to learn the best way to use a virtual assistant at your small business.
Sarita Harbour wrote a great article about this topic.
What can a virtual assistant do for your small business?
VAs perform a variety of tasks for small businesses of all sizes, ranging from daily, repetitive tasks to more specialized activities and projects, such as creating and maintaining websites and carrying out online marketing campaigns. Of course, the types of tasks you plan on having your VA cover will determine the skill level needed—and affect how much you pay them.
When to hire a virtual assistant for your small business
VAs are especially useful when you’re growing but aren’t quite ready to hire an employee, says Diane Diresta, author, founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City-based consultancy serving business leaders who deliver high stakes presentations.
How does it fit into your work-life?
“I think one of the secrets of being a good business owner is to focus on the work that only you can do and to farm the rest out to other employees, whether in-person or virtual,” says Catania. “Use VAs to open up your schedule, so you can do just that.”
- What tasks am I currently responsible for that anyone could do?
- What tasks/projects need to be done for my business that none of my current team members know how to do?
- What is the most immediate task/project a VA could take on as soon as they’re hired?
- What could I do to grow the business if a VA was handling some of this work?
- How do I want to manage my VA (e.g., via Skype, email or phone)?
Read the full article.
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How do Fancy Hands and Belay compare?
We found a thorough review
Both Fancy Hands and Belay boast a team of US-based VAs. Both can handle a variety of tasks to help you gain precious time. Though in terms of flexibility and cost, Fancy Hands is the clear standout. With Belay, you’re simply delegating the task of finding an assistant to an outside company. You don’t have control over your assistant’s schedule. With Fancy Hands, you have access to the entire team of VAs 24/7, and when you submit different types of tasks, you can be sure that someone who’s experienced and enthusiastic will be there to help. And if you’re looking for a dedicated virtual assistant, Fancy Hands can help with that, too.
Read the full review comparing Fancy Hands vs Belay.
Matt Handal took a deep dive into Fancy Hands and had some interesting results.
How does it work?
A virtual assistant doesn’t come into your work. They work from home, wherever in the world that may be. And they typically don’t work for CEOs. They usually work for entrepreneurs or office slugs like you or me.
Is Fancy Hands worth it?
Yes it is.
I think it is officially enough time to call the experiment a success. You can look at the statistics yourself.
Read the full review here.