Can You Afford a Personal Assistant?
If you’re the owner of a CI business, you should consider hiring a personal assistant.
I know you’re thinking such a luxury is reserved for Fortune 500 CEOs, but not anymore.
What makes you successful is your attention to the important aspects of your business. You want to spend as many hours of the day as you can dealing with the big issues, like relationship development with custom builders. Or overseeing personnel development. Or pursuing new competencies for your company.
What you shouldn’t worry about are the nagging details and follow-up. Chances are you’re foisting those off on a high-ranking individual in your company, which means that person doesn’t have time to deal with the important aspects of his or her job. That’s just bad management.
So what would a personal assistant do? Start with the basics.
Let him or her take over appointment confirmations. Think about how many times you’ve set an appointment, made the necessary arrangements, and had the appointment fall through. A personal assistant can confirm your appointments before you set the wheels in motion, saving you valuable time. Your clients and trades will appreciate a reminder call from the office a few hours prior to a meeting. It shows real class.
Next, let the personal assistant manage your calendar, setting appointments for you. The assistant can be the “meeting filter,” always with an eye towards optimizing your time.
A good personal assistant maintains a confidence and loyalty unlike that of any other employee. And the assistant’s relationship with you confers status within your organization. So take advantage of this unique relationship and begin off-loading your personal financial tasks. The best personal assistants I know have their bosses’ complete financial and personal dossiers well-organized and in impeccable order. Are you positive your life insurance is paid? Is your retirement account funded properly? Are you submitting receipts for your family’s out-of-pocket health care costs, or just forgetting about them? Your assistant will make sure your personal financial life runs like clockwork.