For the past 13 years I had some good admin help. I knew that would change once I moved into church planting. That's why I was very interested in the services of eaHelp. They provide churches and businesses with high-quality virtual executive assistants. I've been a customer since the summer, and I couldn't be happier.
It's my privilege today to Interview Bryan Miles, CEO of eaHelp. I've enjoyed getting to know him, and he's even been to Toronto a bunch of times with his wife Shannon.
What's a virtual assistant?
A virtual Executive Assistant is essentially an assistant that does not work in your office. They do almost everything an on-site assistant could do ... except for get your coffee and dry cleaning.
I first read about virtual assistant in Tim Ferris's book The 4 Hour Work Week, but I never thought about virtual assistants working for churches and ministries. How did you come up with the idea?
Before I started eaHELP with my wife, I used to work with churches in the consulting realm for a long time (focused on design and construction). Also, I had a virtual Executive Assistant for 7 years while working with churches. She lived 4 hours from me but never missed a beat. Then, when working with churches, I just saw a need for Pastor(s) to have the same level of admin support as I had ... vs. volunteer help that never is a long-term solution. So, I guess I just saw an obvious need that I thought pastors would want/desire to help them lead better. And, of course, God has shown up big-time in our business in serving others. I'm super grateful.
What are some of the advantages of using a virtual assistant?
Too many to say ... here's my list.
How can someone get started?
We always start with a conversation with our prospective clients. We never just give a price. Relationship is so important to us ... and initial conversations help us decide if we'll be a good fit for them and likewise. If someone is really serious about "next steps" ... here's the path.
Outside of eaHelp, what are some of your passions?
Backpacking, climbing, reading, mentoring, & wine tasting. Anything that includes my family outdoors is almost next to heaven for me.
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