Podcast #127 with Evan Britten-Bozzone of Perssist



In Episode #127 Ari speaks with Evan Britten-Bozzone of Perssist. During their conversation, Ari and Evan chat about the finer points of the virtual assistant industry, as well as discuss the origins of Perssist as a business.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 19:20 – Introduction of Even Britten-Bozzone, founder of Perssist
  • 19:47 – On-demand virtual assistance services and what makes Perssist different
    • 21:02 – Time-sensitivity and focus specialization are benefits of Perssist
    • 23:54 – Perssist’s recruiting process
    • 26:10 – Perssist does not charge per task it charges per hour.
    • 29:05 – Perssist allows members to submit tasks with specific time requests
    • 30:02 – Not everyone is good manager of other people
    • 31:00 – At this time, Perssist only has two, full-time members
    • 31:35 – The inspiration for Perssist was literally hearing people complain about having to complete tasks
    • 32:40 – Evan’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective
      • 32:55 – To get more done, determine if you need to do the task
      • 33:45 – Make sure your request is clear, succinct and to the point
      • 34:04 – Use a pen and paper to stay on top of your daily tasks
      • 34:53 – Example of cool requests from Perssist’s users
      • 35:34 – Perssist is in the process of integrating with Google Calendar and Dropbox
      • 36:00 – Perssist.com

5 Key Points:

  1. Time-sensitivity and proven expertise are things people value in a virtual assistant.
  2. Not everyone knows how to manage people.
  3. Sometime the inspiration for a business comes from the most unlikely sources.
  4. Determine if you actually need to do the task you’re doing…if you don’t, consider outsourcing it.
  5. A huge staff isn’t a requirement for successful business.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Kimi Morton –A wellness and productivity master based in the Aloha State
  • The Secret Sauce – Kimi’s new podcast which will highlight the secret sauce of high achieving people
  • How Doctors Stay Young – Daily Mail article about doctors and how they stay “young”
  • Nuts and Cholesterol – Daily Mail article talking about how nuts can be as effective as statins at reducing cholesterol
  • TruBrain – A product designed to improve mental performance using the power of nootropics