The Virtual Assistant Solution

The Virtual Assistant Solution: Come up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best is Michael Hyatt’s new e-book, and it looks great.

The concept of a virtual assistant was first brought to the forefront, it seems to me, by Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Workweek. What Tim had limited space to talk about, Michael Hyatt now fleshes out for us in much more detail, going into why a virtual assistant is such a good idea and how to do it well.

Here is the table of contents:

1 Why You Need a Virtual Assistant

2 Why a Virtual Assistant Beats a Traditional One

3 What a Virtual Assistant Can Do for You

4 Answering the Most Common Questions

5 The First 90 Days with Your Virtual Assistant

6 Tools for Staying in Sync

And here’s a helpful overview from the introduction:

The term “virtual assistant” means a lot of things to a lot of different people. To be clear, I’m talking about someone who works remotely and with whom you contract for professional services like clerical work, meeting and event planning, project management and coordination, even marketing and social media. The idea is having help that fits your needs, your schedule, and your budget. And you can have it without the constraints of payroll, benefits, and recruiting.

Authors, coaches, consultants, creatives, doctors, entrepreneurs, executives, nonprofit leaders, lawyers, pastors, professors, and speakers— there’s a long list of people who could benefit from a virtual assistant.

But despite how many people could benefit, I’ve noticed that many are reluctant to take the plunge. As a result, they miss getting the help they need. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you think hiring a full-time, in-office assistant is your only option. Maybe you have no experience with virtual assistance (or have had a bad experience like I did) and don’t think it can work for you.

It can.

This book will clear up the misconceptions and allow you to be more effective with your time and talents. It will equip you to understand the dynamics of a virtual workforce, define how one or more virtual assistants can help you accomplish more than you ever thought possible, and offer practical advice on how to hire, integrate, and fully benefit from your new virtual staff.

(Hyatt, Michael. The Virtual Assistant Solution: Come up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best (Kindle Locations 96-106). Fleming House Publishers. Kindle Edition.)

You can also read more about the book in Michael’s post introducing it.

November 6, 2013 | Filed Under Productivity | 3 Comments 


  • Loren Pinilis

    Have you had any experience with virtual assistants? I think they wouldn’t really work for me with what I need done, but I’m always curious to hear the experiences of others.

  • Matt Perman


    First, an unrelated question: What do you think of Disqus for comments–is it easy enough to use?

    In relation to virtual assistants: my assistant, Chris, and I have been doing this for two years. It’s worked out great, largely because he is so sharp and talented. There are tasks I need done on site, which this doesn’t solve and I don’t know a great solution for (other than doing them myself, since I’m doing independent consulting right now and am not part of a larger organization).


  • Loren Pinilis

    Matt, I like Disqus and use it on my blog. It’s hard for me to step outside and look at it as a first-time user, but it seems simple. I imagine most people savvy enough to read a blog and interested enough to want to comment could probably figure it out, but perhaps I’m wrong.