Becoming a personal assistant can be a rewarding job for people that really like organizing and planning. Here, you will assist an executive, wealthy entrepreneur, busy homemaker, or anyone else that does not have enough hours in their day. Read on to find out how you can become someone’s right hand man/woman.
As we try to jam more junk into our daily schedules, the more people will in demand of a personal assistant. You have seen the famous assistants of Hollywood and elsewhere, going on vacation with their employer, catering to their every whim. This would probably be the top end of personal assistants, but you are going to look for a slightly lower lever.
Most folks need help for just a few hours of the day. Perhaps they need someone to pick out a gift for a wedding, gab the dry cleaning across town, and walk the dog. There are some personal assistants that literally run the employers lives. Keeping a calendar of all appointments, answering their phone and making sure that everyone that wants to talk to the employer has to come through them first. There are many levels.
Your level of commitment to the position is the way that you will market yourself. You may be able to juggle multiple clients if your business is just to help someone a few days a week, or you can take the other extreme and operate with a person 40-60 hours a week. It is up to your and your family commitments.
For this business, you don’t even need a computer, just a few character references, a basic contract, and some business cards. Getting started could cost you less than $100. Market by word of mouth. The more affluent of a market you put yourself in, the more money you are going to make, just don’t get yourself in over your head. If you don’t like being bossed around all day and fetching things for people, the full-time gig may not be what you are looking for.
You are interviewing the client as well as vice versa. If they are a person that obviously you won’t get along with, don’t take the job. You will be miserable. Also, make sure you keep track of all expenses for billing and tax purposes, including mileage.