Personal Assistants – what options are there?


People who cannot afford to hire their own personal assistants to run errands or answer phone calls full-time can hire a concierge company or a part-time assistant. Most companies offer secretarial personal assistance as well as basic assistant services like research, scheduling, travel arrangements, and more. Costs of a part-time employee can end up exceeding the amount it would have cost to hire a full-time employee. Other companies charge a flat monthly fee for personal assistant services, based upon the number of requests expected to be placed each month. In addition to the personal assistant services that are provided with the membership, other incentives such as local discounts, concierge services, dining recommendations and overall knowledge and expertise may even outperform the skills of a regular personal assistant staff member.

Smaller companies, especially start-up and real estate development companies, may desire the services of a Personal Assistant to “manage” an individual executive or to assist in the office as the new company goes about setting up their new business. These Personal Assistants may develop great skills at the “birth” of a new company and have opportunities for advancement. Other Personal Assistants will have garnered valuable knowledge and experience if they choose to move into other positions.

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