Today was the first day with a VA.

Today was the first day of having a virtual assistant (shout out to Karen) start helping me and I must admit although it was quite a tough day overall, it was so incredible to go in my inbox and have a nice little summary of the many emails that came into Cool Cat along with a tidy action list.

Outsourcing is something that you can do and it can be affordable for you. Certainly some things aren't appropriate to have help on, but for me, it has already paid dividends on day 1.  We're still not “caught up” on my email and we're working through it, but it will happen.

I think that this is something that we'll see more and I hope that we'll also see some sort of outsourcing firms that specialize in the needs of education along with meeting our higher standards of privacy requirements, etc. There are many things like updating the website, answering all the email that comes into the school and forwarding it to the right place, etc. that truthfully could be done off-site for $5 an hour. Maybe your solution in these tight times is not to hire more staff, but to go virtual.  (I did this as as Timothy Ferriss recommended in 4 hour work week.)

Best wishes. (BTW the “tipping point” according to the article from timemanagement ninja below is 50 emails a day — more than that and you're overwhelmed.  I've been getting 250-300 legitimate emails a day for some time.) Think about it. If you want to hear more about this, let me know.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Dokemion August 9, 2010 - 9:25 am

Some moms work at home out of necessity. In today’s economy, downsizing is the name of the game, and many mothers have found themselves with pink slips. In a tight job market, what’s a parent to do? For those parents, working at home might have started out as a bridge between jobs, but soon turned into a full-time position, one that they enjoy more than they thought they would.

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