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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Nic De Castro and Nathan Pettijohn have created hope for the small businessman and in fact for anyone who is bogged down in emails, scheduling, and event planning in their book Zen and the Art of Admin Tasks. They observed a colleague stressing over a poor internet connection (or the entire lack thereof) and realized there were people who needed help in these areas. If someone else can handle these tasks for you, then that leaves you free to create and make the big decisions that are needed. Nic De Castro and Pettijohn included in their book the specific tasks a virtual admin could do, which is very helpful. But the great thing about this book is that the authors walk you through a multitude of scenarios for working with a virtual assistant. The virtual assistant can pay bills, write and process mail, place ads, screen interviewees, and read and respond to email.
Zen and the Art of Admin Tasks should help me manage my own very small business. I have several different functions I perform such as notary public, book reviewer, craft sales, and antique sales. It is easy for me to get overloaded and take on too much. I recently wanted to sign up to be in a craft show in my area, but I had to make sure that I would have enough time to make the items to sell. I could make a few necklaces in a night, or 10 in a day, but I crochet sweaters and one of those takes about a week. A virtual assistant could help me by quantifying the hours I need to make sufficient inventory of each item, and potentially screen all my emails for applications for shows and notary assignments. My first assignment will be for a VA to find me a list of notary assignments. I would like to see more studies on time management, tools and calendar tips, and thoughts on filing systems in the next edition.