(May 31, 2013)
Where is the difference between a personal assistant and a virtual assistant?
In my opinion, those two terms are pretty similar. But I’ll explain to you how I think we should make a difference between those two terms.
Where a Personal and Virtual Assistant Overlap?
In both cases, these assistants are real human beings. We are not talking an iphone application here. These are real persons working on real computers and working for you as your assistant.
In general, these assistants are both types of freelancers but sometimes they work together as a team. Be sure to check out my favorite service on how to find both sorts of assistants.
Where’s the Difference between a Personal and Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant can do everything virtually especially working on your online presence or websites. My main assistant with whom I have been working most of the time is, in the sense of the word, a virtual assistant.
A personal assistant on the other hand helps you with personal matters. He helps you organize your calendar. He helps you organize meetings. He can also help you to plan a travel.
Of course, you can ask your personal assistant to research a picture for your website. Or, you can ask your virtual assistant to do some research on a vacation location. But in general, it makes sense to separate those two jobs.
What Was My Experience of Having A Personal Assistant?
I’ve had two main personal assistants which are worth mentioning with whom I’ve worked together for at least one year.
One was from India and the other was from the Philippines. Both were very nice, understanding, extremely fast to respond to my requests and we interacted on a more personal level.
After I have trained them enough, they had access to many of personal information and could help me organize that.
Does someone who’s Not a Big CEO or Very Rich Would Need a Personal Assistant?
In my opinion, there’s always room for improvement in your life. You can improve your efficiency. You can get more organized especially if you are chaotic like me. You can get more done simply by knowing that your personal assistant is supporting you.
Must you pay a hundreds of dollars per hour for a personal assistant?
Not necessarily. I have found that hiring assistants from overseas can be much more affordable.
Your Thoughts about the Difference on Personal and Virtual Assistants.
Please let me know if this differentiation between personal and virtual assistants makes sense to you.
Are those definitions you can understand and relate to?
Do you think those two terms are simply similar and interchangeable?
And do you have made any experience with one or the other?
Be sure to share this in the comments.