Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Poll Shows The Growing Need For Virtual Assistants

Thanks Darrell Williams, fellow VANA member for this interesting press release.

"Harris Interactive poll re-iterates the need for virtual assistants in our busy world."

January 27, 2008 - A recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive, one of the largest and fastest-growing market research firms in the world, revealed some interesting facts about how people view virtual assistants.

It turns out that 64% of American adults would gladly outsource a whole range of tasks to someone else. When asked if hiring a virtual assistant would give them more time or reduce stress in their lives, more than 70% said that it would. An even higher number (75%) believe that personal assistants aren’t just for celebrities.

When asked what types of tasks they would have a virtual assistant do for them, the survey found a long list of things that people would rather have others do for them. Topping the list, 33% would rather not research and organize their own travel and vacation arrangements. Coming in a close second, 28% of the survey participants said that organizing and paying bills was something they would rather not do themselves. The survey found that men find this task more dreadful than women at 31% versus 25%.

There was a tie for the third most hated task. Answering calls and taking messages along with writing and mailing thank you, holiday, and birthday cards came in at 26%. It also turned out that younger adults, age 18-34, were 85% more likely to hire a virtual assistant to help them with these unwanted tasks.

Darrell Williams of Right-Hand-Man Virtual Assistant Services says, “Theses are common tasks that people hire us for. It seems people just don’t have the time they need to get all the little things done in their busy lives. Having a personal assistant is almost becoming a necessity in our overly scheduled world.”

The survey found American adults also feel strongly (73%) that hiring a virtual assistant would definitely be beneficial. 55% fell they would have more time for important tasks and errands if they had a virtual assistant while 34% percent feel they would perform better in their work, and 52% stated they would have more time to spend with family and friends or time to exercise or vacation time.

This particular survey also noted that almost three quarters (72%) of respondents would not feel comfortable hiring a virtual assistant from overseas. People also don’t feel comfortable in sharing their valuable information such as credit card information (67%).

And who would be more likely to hire a virtual assistant – a man or a woman? The survey found that men (77%) see the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant before women (69%). The total number of people surveyed was 1,005 with 503 respondents being women and 502 being men.

From the results of this survey, it seems that the virtual assistant will continue to grow. As the American adult gets busier, the need for virtual assistant services will become more evident. As the young adults move into busier lifestyles they will be more likely to look to a VA to help them succeed.


Darrell A. Williams said...

Thanks for picking up my press release. I really found the numbers amazing, especially the 72% that said they would feel uncomfortable hiring a virtual assistant from overseas.

Donna said...

I would love to read the entire poll. Do you have a url for the poll?


Darrell A. Williams said...

I obtained the poll results from this press release:

Jhey said...

Nice one! I love to read the poll, it's very much interesting. The overall concept is concise and very detailed. Keep it up though!