Pavan Sethi
Pavan Sethibuilding things.

What is your favorite virtual assistant?

Looking for an assistant to do menial tasks like general research for startups, scheduling appointments, booking travel, etc who can be trusted with some personal information. Seems like Upwork may be best but wanted to see if there are any other options.
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9 recommended
  1. 20

    Simple, beautiful scheduling.

    Cara Parrish
    Cara ParrishInternational Marketing Consultant · Written
    To replace a VA for scheduling
    Kyle Conarro
    Kyle ConarroCo-Founder @ Ad Reform / Userfeed · Written
    Easy to use and flexible. I've used Calendly a ton for scheduling interviews. It syncs with my Google calendar, but I can also limit the times available via Calendly further which is a great feature.
    • Arti Villa
      Arti VillaProduct Engineer - also a generalist. TM

      If I have several google calendars (work, personal, company), I have to use create a new Calendly account per calendar, create a team feature and then merge. I think this use case isn't an edge case at all.

      I also want to be able to scroll /highlight entire sections that are open to public to setup meetings, not show all non-booked spots as open. So the visual experience of picking open slots can be better.

    • Use it weekly.

  2. Ryan Hoover
    Ryan Hoover83Founder, Product Hunt · Written
    Upwork is great for finding a virtual assistant. I've used it to find people to do data entry at a very affordable price.
    Julia I
    Julia ICMO at · Written
    I have a great experience with upwork for 2 years, highly recommend
  3. 8

    Get whatever you want on demand with no hassle, through SMS

    Justin Mitchell
    Justin Mitchell9I help startups at · Written
    Have had a great experience with Magic, I dare say it was magical.
  4. 6

    Now on-demand service for cleaning, handiwork, & errands

    TaskRabbit are a great option too! I find people on their platform to be generally more qualified than on Upwork and the like.
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    • Dan Dascalescu
      Dan DascalescuSee @dandv

      Say you need an errand done, like picking up a package from somewhere and dropping it off somewhere else, sometime this week. This is surprisingly hard to do on TaskRabbit:

      1. You can't put up your task and get offers. You must first select a Rabbit and wait for them to reply.
      2. Rabbits have *never* replied to me. The system has told me, 8 times so far, that "The selected Rabbit is not available, please pick someone else". Why don't you just broadcast my task and see who's available?
      3. You're forced to pick a time, which I guess is the reason why many Rabbits weren't available. Thing is, I don't care. I just want the task done between Monday and Friday.

  5. 2
    Fancy Hands

    Assistants for Everyone

    If you're good at breaking things into next actions and delegating them, Fancy Hands can help.
  6. 1

    Human-in-the-loop assistant that schedules meetings.

    Ana Santos
    Ana SantosStarting from scratch · Edited
    Really works, it's a shame that it's a bit expensive so it's only worth it for people who spend fair amount of their day scheduling meetings.
    Ana Santos
    Ana SantosStarting from scratch · Written
    Talkifly for hassle free travel management. You can talk with assistants via chat and use Team Hub section to get your team organized (approvals workflow, policies, preferences, billing etc).
  7. 1
    Life Bot

    The only Alexa app you'll ever need

    David Adamu
    David Adamu3Maker. Product Designer @Andela · Written
    Check this out.
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  8. 1

    Voice search and assistant app. A better Siri.

    John Ababseh
    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast · Written
    Besides Alexa, Cortona, Google, I think Hound is pretty cool made by soundhound so has great music discovering abilities.
  9. Manage your scheduling online, send automated reminders and connect it to other systems with Zapier/integromat easily.