If you're bogged down in the weeds of your to-do list but can't employ a full-time admin helper, consider hiring virtual assistants. They work offsite, so they aren't able to file or greet clients, but they can do scads of other work, like make appointments, write thank-you notes and give your documents a final polish. "At first I thought it was outrageous when I discovered the cost would range from $30 to $35 an hour, but their hour is so efficient," says one client. "Their 15 minutes is another person's hour."

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