I'm reaching the point with all the irons I've got in the fire that I'm wondering if I should consider a "virtual assistant." I know I let a lot of opportunities go by simply because I don't explore them as thoroughly as they should be.
Here's a basic run-down of what I do:
Training. The Hitachi Data Systems work is booked through Merit Career Development in Philly. The scheduling takes care of itself, but I book all my own travel arrangements.
Books. New Orleans Jazz will be my fifth book for Arcadia Publishing, when it drops next month. Once a book's initial press/publicity blitz has passed, Arcadia doesn't provide much in the way of PR support. The history subjects are timeless, though, and book sales can extend long past that initial blitz.
Speaking. This is the idea behind NOLAHistoryGuy.com, to boost my visibility with writing and podcasting, then turn that visibility into speaking engagements. The hope is that those speaking gigs result in increased book sales as well as honorariums for the gigs themselves. Ideally, I'd like a "patron" arrangement, like the late, great Buddy Stall had with Radiofone, for those of you of an age who remember the company.
Writing. I blog regularly for my own sites and for GoNOLA.com, and guest gigs would be interesting.
It's a lot of stuff, going in a number of different directions. What I really need is a "virtual agent" or "virtual PR person," but perhaps those skills fit into what a "virtual assistant" does.
- What do Virtual Assistants get paid?
- Are there such things as "virtual agents" or PR people who take clients like me?
- How many hours a week would someone like me have to commit to a VA?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts and observations...