I read about Fancy Hands in a blog a while back and figured I’d give it a whirl. Since then, my life has changed for the better. Fancy Hands is a team of personal assistants to whom you can assign specific tasks. Now, they won’t come over and do the dishes (but please sign me up if someone launches that service), but they can accomplish anything that can be done remotely with a phone or computer. They also do it in a friendly manner, and they are accessible via web browser, iPhone app, or email.
While I don’t use Fancy Hands for things that involve client confidentiality, I still have plenty of other uses for a virtual personal assistant, and I have truly put them to work!
Fancy Hands has four monthly plans, starting with the “basic” at $29 a month for 5 tasks per month. If you do not use all the tasks, they roll over. Plus they give you free extra tasks for things like connecting your social networks. I have not yet reached a point where I need to upgrade but so far have gotten great value from the service. Since I enrolled last October, Fancy Hands has, for me, processed a total of 46 requests, placed 262 telephone calls, sent 11 emails, and spent more than 17 hours on the phone. This is a huge value for me, and I’ve been hooked.
Another thing that I love is the convenience of the iPhone app. If I wake at 2 a.m., which I’m akin to do on occasion, suddenly remembering something that needs to get done, I can pick up my phone and delegate the task right then. This ability has put me at ease on more than one occasion as I am able to fall back to slumber knowing that a particular task is sufficiently delegated.
Here are a few things my personal assistants at Fancy Hands have helped me out with:
I received a promotional postcard showing that if I test-drove a new Fiat 500X I could get a free tote bag, but it required me to call and schedule an appointment when the dealership was open. In the late evening, I told Fancy Hands to take care if it for me. The next morning, my personal assistant booked an appointment on my calendar, and I never had to pick up a phone. (Fancy Hands has access to my calendar through Google Apps, so my personal assistants can review and book appointments directly onto my calendar. Awesome.)
Had a Ceiling Fan Replaced
I have a house I rent out, and the ceiling fan needed to be replaced. I asked Fancy Hands to locate a competent and honest handyman in the area and coordinate a time for him to meet with the tenants and replace the fan. They did this entire job seamlessly, and it saved me a lot of time searching the web and making phone calls.
Researched Transport Services
I had a client who needed to transport a car from Orlando to Georgia. Now I know that this is not a legal issue, but sometimes when you are a lawyer, your long-time clients tend to come to you with all kinds of issues. Practicing law is part legal analyzer, part counselor, part problem-solver. So, when I can, I try to help my clients as much as I can. For this issue, I asked Fancy Hands to search for transportation services, and, within a day my virtual assistant responded with a whole list of contacts and exact price quotes that I was able to relay to my client, which, in the end, makes me a better problem-solver.
After buying a new color laser printer, I asked Fancy Hands to determine what company sells the most inexpensive toner cartridges and compare them with my existing vendors. My Fancy Hands assistant researched prices and gave me a full report including my usual vendors and a few more, with direct links to the exact toner I needed. I was able to click on the links and buy toner in about two minutes, and the new vendor’s rate was about $15/cartridge lower than my usual vendor, saving me a total of $60!
Tracked Down Garbage Men
One week, the city waste management service skipped our address and failed to pick up our overflowing recycle bin. Normally, I would just have to suffer and be buried in recyclable garbage for another two weeks. However, Fancy Hands took care of it for me by calling up the waste management company and asking them to send a truck over. Within 24 hours, a truck came by, and the recycle bin was emptied. Success!
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If you’d like to try Fancy Hands yourself, please use this special referral link because you can get 50% off your first month, and they will credit my subscription with referral credits. Super awesome deal. They are not paying me to write this blog, but because the service has been so helpful to me, I am giving it a glowing review. I cannot recommend this service enough.
Please feel free to comment below about your own experiences!