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Hire a personal assistant to make your small business run smoothly

Small business owners have the tendency to want to do everything themselves. This may work in the early stages of your start up, but as it grows, it's possible you'll find yourself overwhelmed by multiple responsibilities. If you find yourself working 10 hours a day, seven days a week, it's time to hire a personal assistant. An assistant will enable you to concentrate on bigger and more important projects, which will hopefully help your business succeed.

What will a personal assistant do for you on a daily basis? That depends on your business needs. He or she may run errands or go shopping for you, or help with your company by doing tasks like filing and paying bills. In an interview with the website Daily Finance, North Carolina-based personal assistant Katharine Giovanni said that her work is meant simply to make her employers' lives a bit easier. 

"Everyone is trying to jam 36 hours into a 24-hour day," Giovanni said to the website. "If you outsource some of the more mundane but time-consuming tasks, you have more time to do what you want —whatever that is — spending time with the family or just working more."

If you're considering hiring a personal assistant, you shouldn't procrastinate. Being bogged down with unnecessary tasks will only lower your productivity. A good rule of thumb to follow when you're thinking about bringing in extra help is to hire someone as soon as your time is more valuable to you than your money.

So how do you find a personal assistant? You may find a good employee through friends or word-of-mouth referrals, but you should also consider conducting your search through a domestic staffing service. Colonial Domestic Agency can match you with qualified applicants who can suit your needs.