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Personal Assistants: Not just for the rich and famous (or big-time CEOs)

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With the constant demands on your time working at your small business, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done. One inexpensive method to get back some of that time is an Online Personal Assistant.

For several years, outsourcing continues to be a popular cost-saving option for small businesses that need to get more done in a fast-paced environment. But, outsourcing parts of your business doesn’t necessarily free up time for you to get all your personal errands done during the day. Online Personal Assistants can do everything from running errands, find the latest restaurant hot-spot, paying bills or to plan a baby shower.

Think only celebrities, high-ranking professionals and the wealthy can enjoy having personal assistants at their beck and call? Not necessarily. Those who use the sites, for everything from ordering takeout food to managing online dating, say the cost is affordable and a small price to free up their time — even in the face of a sputtering economy.  Jimmy Gardner of The DC Technology Network blogs about it here and Tim Ferriss, author of 'The Four-Hour Workweek,' use virtual assistants to check e-mail, screen phone calls, send gifts to family and friends and even schedule dates online.

Here are few sites out there ready to help:

AskSunday.com has been used for such errands as dealing with lost luggage, security issues with credit cards and even reservation problems.

GetFriday.com can handle almost any task, business or personal, that doesn’t require a physical presence. If it can be carried out over the internet, via email, fax or telephone, they can handle it.

Virtual Assistants For You is a company that can find a personal assistant for you based upon specialty, website, or location.

What other sites or services have you found that help to get everything done during the day? Would you consider using an Online Personal Assistant to help clear your calendar or book a business trip?

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