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Brilliant or Baffling? Outsourcing Your Assistant

While most of us don't have the means or necessity for a full time personal assistant like most of the stars that will be appearing at the Oscars on Sunday, some of us could use an extra hand now and then. Now, thanks to globalization, you can hire an assistant in an Indian call center for about $16 an hour. Your personal assistant will make your appointments and calls, do research, send you reminders, and wait on hold for you. However, they won't make any arrangements involving adult entertainment.

One of the 150 "remote executive assistants" for a company called Brickwork in Bangalore said,"The main advantage is the time difference. We're able to do tasks for people while they're sleeping. You wake up to an email telling you it's done."


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gmcme gmcme 8 years
I rather have a one consistent person that can also run around and do errands.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Those aren't things that I really would want someone to do for me, expect sitting on hold. I need someone to get me lunch, pick up dry cleaning and pick up other things. You can't do that in India.
lizrocks lizrocks 9 years
Ugh. I hate outsourcing. I think it's awful!
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
well i have my own virtual assistant business, called Your Virtual Rock and the industry has been growing here in the states and overseas for the past 5+ years. most VA's do are used by people who really value their own time and understand how it is best used and a lot of times, that does not include a myriad of administrative tasks.. as far as the ordering lunch comment goes, which i assume was a joke, i do that also, it just requires making reservations in advance.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
What if I need something done ASAP and they are sleeping due to the time difference?
KWM KWM 9 years
There are days when I definitely feel like I need this!
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
How would they get me lunch?!
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
agree with above...if I ever needed an assistant, I'd sure as hell use one!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
it is ridiculous but kind of brilliant! :)
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
This sounds ridiculous!
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