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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I feel perpetually overwhelmed. I know that it won't always be like this. If I can just hold on for another decade or so, I'm sure things will ease up .... So when a friend mentioned "virtual assistants," I thought it was worth a look. I couldn't believe that there were sites that would complete personal tasks for you for $2! Not personal tasks like giving the dog a bath, but personal tasks like researching hotels and plumbers, buying gifts and making appointments. I found four sites that fill the bill:,, and Only requires a signed contract. There is also a site -- -- that allows you to do the outsourcing for others.

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Reviews for all the sites are good, and I plan on trying them out for the research projects that often take me a lot of time (such as finding a good review and, subsequently, a good deal on an appliance). If you have used any of these sites, I would love to hear your opinion!

I also plan on doing some local outsourcing: A neighborhood teenager is going to make some family photo albums that I have been putting off. And of course I shouldn't forget that I have a few potential assistants actually living with me. Today, they came up and said one of the nicest things a mother could hear: "What can we do to help?"

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Nancy Braxton August 17, 2010, 11:10 PM


I have used AskSunday but found them to be slow. They typically take 24 hours to or more to respond to any task request. I now use which a friend referred to me and they are very good and fast.



Kristin - August 18, 2010, 7:14 AM

I tried GetFriday a year or so ago, but found that the time it took to give a detailed enough description of the task I needed done (detailed enough to be understandable to someone who doesn’t speak English as a first language) took just as much time if not more that the task at hand itself. I loved the idea of having a virtual assistant, but the reality of it for me was that having one in India just wasn’t very efficient.

Abhishake @ Offshore Ally August 18, 2010, 10:09 AM

Hi Michelle,

Yes, the lower rates are possible due to difference in currency values.

Although we didn’t made to your short list but I will like to invite you to give us a try for your virtual assistant jobs.


You can contact us on our website and use the live chat feature to contact us or just email me at the above address. I will be looking forward to hear from you.

Nancy C. August 22, 2010, 9:57 PM

I am so lost. I am a divorced mom of 3 small kids. In debt up to my eyeballs. Bad credit score due to ex and helping others. Also my lease is about up and no money for down payment (not to mention no one wants a person with bad credit to rent from them). Bills still coming in full force. I am so overwhelmed I have no clue what to do. I am totally about to lose my mind and jump off a bridge. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!! I don’t know what to do.

Beck September 11, 2010, 7:33 PM

been there done that. The bills, the ex, 4 kids for me, no child support. I feel for you. My mother kept saying to look at the end of the tunnel. Well mine was nothing but a black hole. Fast forward 5 plus years, another child, a new husband, it all finally came togther. Be patient as everyone says, and it will come to you

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