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Why I outsourced this blog post

07 March 2011

With unwieldy deadlines pressing, I decided to outsource the writing of my blog this month to my Virtual Assistant. While she's only been on my books a short time, she has already saved me a huge amount of time and energy.

What's great about the service she offers is she makes it feel like she's in the office with me. The reality is she could be based in Timbuktu for all I know, but she places such a strong emphasis on providing a reliable and efficient service that sometimes I forget she's not sitting right beside me!

She's got the basics covered, including word processing, research and data entry, but there are many other things she does that are helpful for my organisation too. Some of the things I am planning to get her to help me with are eNewsletters, website maintenance and social media to name but a few. Turns out she can also write a decent blog post.

While it would be easier for me to do some things myself, the benefit of handing them to someone else means that because she takes the time to get to know me and my organisation, when I hit a busy period there's no stress; I have somebody standing by who knows how I like things done and is ready to step in and help at a moment's notice.

It also means I have more time to spend focussing on the more important parts of running the organisation and making a difference to people and causes in need.

It's great to know that I can be having meetings, be at national and international events or even having a short break and know that things are still happening in my business.

While my VA was writing this, I was organising an event to help people in need this holiday season. I'll be back with my own blog post next month - while my VA does one of my other tasks.

Melina Schamroth is the Founder and CEO of m.a.d.woman, author of How to be m.a.d. (making a difference) and m.a.d. (making a difference) in a green way. She established singles events, Single Volunteers and runs corporate team building events that make a difference. You can read more at