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I Tried to Use Virtual Assistants to Delegate Family Tasks — Here’s What Happened

I Tried to Use Virtual Assistants to Delegate Family Tasks -- Here's What HappenedWe often recommend that working moms delegate family tasks to other people (and we’ve talked about it in the context of the “do, delegate, or NOPE” game), so earlier this year I decided to buy 20 hours at TaskBullet (the minimum amount you’re required to buy) to see if it would be possible to delegate family tasks to a virtual assistant. (Note: I did not work with TaskBullet at all on this as a blogger, so this is not a sponsored post — just an honest review.)

Notes on the competition: TaskBullet is not the only kind of service you can use for this; Fancy Hands, Zirtual, Fiverr (which I once wrote about over at Corporette), and other assistant services exist. I had just always wondered about using virtual assistant services for personal tasks (probably ever since I read the now classic Esquire piece, “My Outsourced Life“) and decided to try it out.

Notes on cost/timing: I bought the minimum “starter” pack, which was around $200, which meant we were paying around $10 an hour. I don’t think I realized quite the 20 hours expired in ninety days — near the end I was asking the VAs to do a lot of things I had not originally intended to ask them to do, like help me with a new online hobby. I WILL note that they seemed to be pretty efficient — tasks that would have taken me an hour only seemed to take them 20 minutes.

Notes on TaskBullet’s setup: As soon as I bought the hours, I was invited to Basecamp, a project management software I’ve had some experience with through the blog. Every time I had a new task I had to type it into a certain place in Basecamp and be sure to assign it to the project manager, who would assign it to 1 assistant (out of 6–7 possible ones). They always asked me for a due date and for how long I thought the project should take, which I liked. None of the assistants I worked with were American, as near as I could tell, but I didn’t have any tasks involving calling companies or businesses. (It’s entirely possible one of those 7 assistants would have been able to take on such calls, though.) Basecamp kind of unfolds like a conversation — I would write a few paragraphs and attach a few documents and then they would respond with more written questions, attaching PDFs or Word documents. I’ve used Trello and Basecamp and prefer Trello personally, but Basecamp itself is very easy to use, and I liked the app — it made it very easy to ask questions on my phone or upload images.delegating family tasks to a virtual assistant - image of professional working mom assigning mom-related research projects

How I Used Virtual Assistants to Delegate Family Tasks 

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Professional Summertime Fashion for Moms

Professional Summertime Fashion for MomsHere’s a question for you: how has your summer workwear changed after having kids? What does professional summertime fashion for moms LOOK like for you?  For example: white pants for work — are those a no after kids because they’re too hard to keep clean? Do you find you prefer flats or other comfortable commuting footwear in case your kiddo runs away from you before you can drop him or her off at daycare? Do you accessorize once you get to work rather than dealing with little ones pulling at your necklaces and earrings? Has your commute with kids changed your fashion in other ways — having to lug a breast pump to or from work, needing to wear a hat to set a good example for your kids, or needing to wear your baby en route to daycare?

For my $.02, the biggest change for me has definitely been in fabric choices as well as undergarments — I used to wear a ton of sheath dresses with flesh-toned Spanx beneath them, but now solidly prefer black Jockey skimmies slipshorts with summer dresses so that if I end up crawling on the floor with my kiddo it’s obviously bike shorts. As for fabric choices, I shy away from higher maintenance things like linen and silk and vastly prefer machine washable workwear.professional summertime fashion for moms - image of a professional working mom taking her daughter to daycare

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Family Vacations and Coworker Jealousy

family vacations and coworker jealousy

Here’s what is perhaps an odd question: Do you ever feel like there is coworker jealousy surrounding your family vacations? What are your best tips for office etiquette and family vacations — what are the best tips on how to take family vacations without instilling coworker jealousy? (AND: How many “buffer” days to you take off to prepare/recover from your family vacation?)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a vacation with kids is a trip — not a vacation! Still, as we’ve talked about before, many parents schedule regular family vacations, which means it may “feel” to coworkers like you’re going on lots of “fun trips.” (I vaguely remember feeling like this when I was a single girl working in BigLaw — and I think there’s definitely a difference to be made in “messaging” around the vacation.) Furthermore, because you may already know the upcoming dates and schedules for school and so forth, you may book the vacation and have it calendared FAR in advance — and that may make coworkers feel like you’re “taking” the best vacation dates. (We got into this a bit with our discussion of holidays, vacations, and office etiquette over at Corporette.)

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