Have you ever wished that you had an assistant who could plan your kid’s birthday party? Or research preschools? What about finding the perfect date night babysitter? Well, every busy parent’s dream has just become an (accessible!) reality with Equivity Virtual Assistants. The Bay Area-based start up launched by providing virtual assistance for businesses, but has expanded to offer a special service aimed right at multitasking parents. Equivity for Moms connects you with a virtual assistant to help you plan, organize and check all those mundane daily tasks off your list. Read on to find out more.
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From The Mind of a Mom
With two young kids, co-founder Heidi Hodges knows what it is like to be busy, busy, busy. She and her husband Eric Wall founded Equivity Virtual Assistants in January of this year to try and help others combat the challenges that come with balancing work and personal life.
Equivity for Moms is a specialty area of Equivity Virtual Assistants that focuses on the unique challenges faced by Bay Area stay-at-home moms as well as those employed outside the home. As a mom, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all that goes into taking care of your kids and your household. Equivity for Moms is there to take some of the tasks off your hands and lighten your load.
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Need a Little Help?
Make a list of the tasks that you would like to hand over to your virtual assistant. Then click over to choose which monthly plan best suits your needs. Packages range from $149/month for 5 hours of assistance up to $1274/month for 50 hours. If you need more hours than your selected package, you can always add on additional hours as the month goes on.
Equivity matches you with a dedicated virtual assistant (VA) and that person will complete the requests you need. Because you are only working with one VA, this arrangement allows the VA to get to know you —your likes, dislikes, preferences, family situation and needs. All Equivity virtual assistants are U.S.-based and college-educated.
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Can I Ask for…Anything?
Equivity will handle both personal and business needs. Have a blog and you need someone to proofread it for you? Equivity can take care of that. Need someone to set up your bookkeeping for your Etsy business? That request can be handled by your VA.
Preschool and childcare research is another common request. This is a big decision faced by parents and it is nice to have another person do all the legwork and research. An Equivity VA can make baby registry suggestions based on your specific needs and aesthetics, while also cross-checking items for safety ratings and cost.
No task is too small for Equivity. Often moms will come to them with a list of small tasks to take care of such as arranging for delivery of baby furniture or scheduling dental appointments.
Local Moms Only
While Equivity markets its business and personal services nationwide, the target audience for their Equivity for Moms service is the Bay Area. Many mom requests are regional in nature (such as preschool research) and by limiting themselves to the Bay Area, Equivity is able to provide more detailed information to clients.
Ready to give it a try? Equivity offers a free trial period so that you can test out their service risk-free. Your trial consists of half of the hours of the monthly plan you selected (so you would get a 15 hour trial for a 30 hour plan).
What tasks would you like to hand off to a virtual assistant? Let us know in the comments below!