Very Cool Contest: Win a Virtual Assistant for 2008

Are there tasks you need to do on your computer, on the web, or on the phone that you’d rather not do yourself? Tasks that take you away from more satisfying or more lucrative projects? Maybe you need a virtual assistant — an administrative helper who works remotely on tasks of your choosing.

Virtual assistants can help with research or accounting or even finding a good carpet installer in your area — anything that doesn’t require face to face interaction, but can be done remotely with a computer and a phone.

Now you can win the help of one, just in time for the new year.

Elance, an online marketplace for service professionals, has just announced a contest in which you can win a grand prize of $5,000 towards virtual assistant help.

Three runners up will win $500 credits towards virtual assistant help and 10 honorable mentions will receive a complimentary copy of The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

All you have to do is register as an Elance member then send Elance your answer to the question “How would you use a virtual assistant to grow your business or improve your personal life?” You can submit your answer in written, audio, or video form.

Share your answer in the comments: how would you use a virtual assistant to grow your business or improve your personal life in 2008?

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