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What are your thoughts on having a virtual assistant?

I'm reading "The 4-Hour Workweek" book. The author mentions hiring virtual assistants for cheap from India/Mumbai to automate some of our professional & personal tasks even if you are not an executive. Tbh, I could see how having a VA could be helpful for some of my stuff.


So curious to know what are your thoughts on having a virtual assistant?

Do you have an assistant?
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poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Word to the wise: Don't let your VAs sign into corporate tools. I watched in shock as our CISO at my last company had a meltdown as he found out a sales rep let a VA into our CRM and they deleted 3000 records.
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Omg whaaat, that's insane! Do you know the whole story? Like I want to know what was the VA doing in your company's CRM in the first place.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
They were helping with sending out sequences on behalf of the (very lazy) rep. They went to select a group to bulk-enroll and instead hit delete. They weren't malicious in doing so, but they sure did create a mess that I had to fix. They weren't fired, but it caused a lot of change in how we handled contractor and non-full-time employee access to tools and systems.
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Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Never thought about this kind of thing.Β 

What kinds of tasks would you delegate?
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Mostly research tasks. For example, when looking for a new job I could ask that VA to do research for me based on my criteria. I could also see it for networking, it could be nice to have a list of people that I should network with that fits certain criteria.
goose
Politicker
+11
Sales Executive
Sounds like a terrible idea; unless you host a well-known podcast... then it might be a good idea.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Damnit, Tim!
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
I think it could be a terrible idea in some situations but you have to be smart about it. Why do you think it would be a terrible idea?
goose
Politicker
+11
Sales Executive
Because I’m not a famous podcast host. Β 
Enrossie
Contributor
+1
Sales Development Rep
I've seen some talk on LinkedIn about using VAs for handling some prospecting admin tasks. I wonder if anyone on here does this. Seems like it would not be possible to do so without giving them access to the corporate tools, which would not be possible without permission from said corporation.
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Indeed, that is what seems to be the blocker, giving access to corporate tools.
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
Had a VA at a different job. Was awesome! All shitty admin got done. I was in the car all the time so I just called her an she basicly did everything non client facing.
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Oh nice, where was your VA from? I'm really thinking of giving it a try.
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
It was a local firm here in Belgium. She did everything needed that was accesible to her. (the VA person changed a lot which was a bit of a downside because you have to re-teach everything)

The stuff not accesible to her was done by an internal assistant shared by 5 sales people.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
meh I only like someone else to right to meeting minutes otherwise not fond of the idea.
KingofGIF
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
@NairobiΒ did you hire one? I just had this thought come up
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Nope, haven’t tried yet. Still debating if I should or not lol what about you?
KingofGIF
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
same, at my job I have a lot of overheard with admin tasks. I do not wish to give access to my inbox or work tools, but I could pass prospecting tasks ahead of calls, help managing schedule (how tho), and how else? I need to think better about this
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