I'm looking for Virtual Assistance. However rather than an individual who can do low-level personal tasks like find a present for my wife, I'm looking for a full-service company that can do a wide range of business and technical functions. I want people who can think, and do advanced business and technical tasks.
This is for potentially a lot of the tasks involved in launching my startup, and also for my technical consulting work.
These tasks might be things like:
Basically I find I have so many tasks, I want to be able to shoot off emails to one address, and know that I am going to get some kind of quality response. A single general assistant may forward on specialist jobs to specialists.
A company specialising in providing services to Startups would be ideal, though not necessarily expected.
Brickworks was mentioned in Four-Hour Work Week, anybody have experiences with them, or have any other recommendations in this area?
You have some illusions waht a virtual assitant can provide.
•Finding and Managing Outsourced Developers on specific tasksVirtual PROJECT MANAGEMENT from a virtual assistant position? I suggest you look for a proejct manager offshore / freelancer for thais. This is not normal secretarial stuff.
•Compiling a guide on how to migrate a PHP app to the cloudWhat about he WRIOTE PHP? Getting more unrealistic?
•Performing complex Excel Analysis or processing.Like your secretary would? THis is stuff for a master of mathematics / statistics, or very specialized. People earn a lot of money for being able to do that. Unlewss naturally your and my definition of "complex analysis / processing" is different.
•Apply some great visual design to Word, Excel or powerpoint documentsAgain, a virtual Assistant will not be a full time designer.
Seriously, half what you say makes sense, but all those points are not something I wold ever expect from a virtual assistant.
Below are a list of full service virtual assistant service providers.
VAs are Based in the US: http://www.ContemporaryVa.com VAs are Based Abroad: http://www.AskSunday.com http://www.Bpovia.com http://www.HireYourVirtualAssistant.com (full disclosure this is my company and my VAs are based in the Philippines)
I also have a video blog http://www.HireYourVirtualAssistant.com/blog and on my blog you can watch free video interviews I have done with other successful entrepreneurs who currently outsource work to virtual assistants; check them out to learn from their experiences.