How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates

How to E-mail Virtual Assistants (or Any Assistants): Proven Templates

(Photo: Alan Clark Design) [Tim’s note: This is a guest post by Ramit Sethi on two of my favorite topics: one-shot-one-kill e-mail, and creating policies so you never repeat things. Also important to note: great VAs will use templates for answering *your* email; my assistant Amy uses more than a dozen specific templates to handle …

How to Make Visa Obey Your Every Desire: The Credit Card Concierge Experiment

How to Make Visa Obey Your Every Desire: The Credit Card Concierge Experiment

The following post is a guest post by John Hargrave, whom I met in 2007 at SXSW. If you find large-scale pranks (Super Bowl, anyone?), impersonating celebrities, and other clever mischief amusing, he’s the king of the domain. His book Prank the Monkey is a guide to unleashing your inner Loki. Given my interest in …

Mom-and-Pop Multinationals: How to Go Global

Mom-and-Pop Multinationals: How to Go Global

The Wilburns have used freelancers in India, Israel, and Britain. (Photo: Dana Smith) Here is the beginning of a worthwhile article in the current issue of Businessweek called “Mom-and-Pop Multinationals.” Ever wondered how much personal outsourcing really costs? How to divide and delegate the various tasks that consume your time? This article includes several useful …

Lifestyle Investing: "Compound Time" Like Compound Interest?

Lifestyle Investing: "Compound Time" Like Compound Interest?

Berkshire Hathaway vs. Nasdaq (orange), 1984-2004 I met David Hassell in Omaha at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting, and he asked me an interesting question: Do you think that the value of time can compound like interest? Three glasses of wine into a post-event party with Cirque du Soleil performers, I didn’t have a …

GetFriday and the Cost of Success: Exclusive Letter from the CEO

Do you want to get a promotion, make $500,000 per year, appear on Oprah, or have 10x the number of customers? Be careful what you ask for. GetFriday, a personal outsourcing firm in India, was thrust into the limelight when The 4-Hour Workweek hit #1 on The New York Times bestseller list, and their client …

The Personal Outsourcing Olympics: Bangalore Butler or American Assistant?

So good I had to show it to you again. This past Tuesday, I was part of a segment on the CBS Early Show on personal outsourcing called “Average Joes, Janes Outsourcing Tasks.” Check out the video, one of the best I’ve seen on the topic, here. It includes case studies. Two of my favorite …

LitLiberation: How to Travel the World–and Get a Personal Assistant–for Free

First, a few questions from Eastern Europe for you all. Take a minute to seriously consider each: Envision the 5 books that have most impacted your life. How would your life be different if you’d never read them? Where might you be today if you’d never met the most influential teachers in your life, past …