The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

OpenForum-"You don't have to be a big corporation to outsource. In fact, you don't even have to be a company. As Timothy Ferriss outlined in his 2008 book The 4-Hour Workweek, you can just be a guy who wants to hit the beach while someone in Bangalore does your work.

That's the dream, anyway. If you're looking to outsource website design, SEO or other technical work, then the firm that Ferriss cites in his book, Your Man In India, may make sense. But if you want to get someone to do the non-technical stuff Ferriss outlines—like checking e-mails, screening his phone calls and sending gifts to family and friends—then Your Man in India will direct you to its subsidiary, Get Friday."

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