It’s been another crazy, busy week for you.

Between checking in with team members, reviewing budgets, and overseeing product development, you hardly have time left to grab lunch, let alone book your next trip to visit customers or investors.

You’ve finally decided you need help.

Whether it’s keeping you on schedule, having someone you can delegate smaller tasks to, or simply having a trusted “right-hand” that you can confide in and rely on, an assistant can be an invaluable asset to you and your business.

You know you need help, but you’re unsure of what type of help you need. You’re asking questions like:

  • Should I hire a personal assistant, an executive or business assistant, an administrative assistant, or a chief of staff? 
  • What are the differences between these roles? 
  • How do I go about finding the right person?
  • How do I make sure they’re paid appropriately?

This article sets out four simple steps you can take to figure out the sort of assistant you need, what they’ll do, and how much they should be paid.

In addition to answering these questions in my latest article for People Managing People, I’ve passed on professional advice from industry experts like Tim Reitsma (Director of People, Clir), Jason Golbey (Founder, Golbey Law), and Shaun Howe, CPA, CA (Partner, MNP), to help you make that decision.

I’d love to hear what you think! What are some of the benefits or advantages of each, and which type have you hired recently, and why? Weigh in by commenting below!

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