Lights, Camera, Action: The Best Movies About Being a Personal Assistant!

Lights, Camera, Action:
The Best Movies About Being a Personal Assistant!

Whether you’re in-house or virtual, being a Personal Assistant is not an easy job. It requires you to be organised, efficient, and to be able to handle high-pressure situations with grace. Many movies have depicted the trials and tribulations of being a Personal Assistant, highlighting the challenges and rewards of the profession. In this post, we’ll explore some of our favourite movies about being a Personal Assistant.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

“The Devil Wears Prada” is perhaps the most well-known movie about being a personal assistant. The film follows the story of Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a recent college graduate who lands a job as the assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the editor-in-chief of a top fashion magazine. Andy quickly learns that working for Miranda is no easy task and must navigate the world of high fashion while balancing her personal life.
Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep: The Devil Wears Pravda movie

The Intern (2015)

Robert De Niro: The Intern movie
“The Intern” tells the story of Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a retired executive who becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site. As the intern, Ben is assigned to work with Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the company’s founder and CEO. Through his experience, Ben teaches Jules valuable lessons about leadership and work-life balance, while also gaining a new perspective on life.

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

“The Nanny Diaries” follows the life of Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), a recent college graduate who takes a job as a nanny for a wealthy family on the Upper East Side of New York City. Annie ends up taking on personal tasks that have nothing to do with childcare! While working for the family, Annie discovers the challenges of working for a demanding boss while also trying to balance her personal life.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a movie about self-discovery and adventure. The film follows the story of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a negative asset manager at Life magazine who embarks on a journey to find a missing photograph for the magazine’s final issue. Along the way, the film shows how Walter learns to take risks and embrace his true self, and also portrays his evolving relationship with his Personal Assistant Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig).

Working Girl (1988)

Working Girl” tells the story of Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith), a secretary at a Wall Street investment firm who dreams of making it big in the corporate world. When her boss is injured, Tess sees an opportunity to take on a major business deal and enlists the help of an investment banker, Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford). The movie explores the challenges and obstacles Tess faces as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford: Working Girl movie
In conclusion, these movies offer an insightful and entertaining look into the world of Personal Assistants. Whether you’re currently working as a Personal Assistant, or you use the services of a Personal Assistant, or maybe you’re just curious about the profession, these movies are worth watching. They showcase the highs and lows of the job, while also highlighting the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
  • What’s your favourite movie that features a Personal Assistant?
  • Do you identify with any of the Personal Assistant, or Executive, characters that we have mentioned?

10 Tasks That Each Take a VA 1 hour

“What will an hour get me?” 

10 Tasks That Each Take a VA 1 hour

In today’s fast-paced world, time is a valuable commodity. For busy entrepreneurs and executives, the ability to outsource certain tasks to a Virtual Assistant (VA)  can be a game-changer. With the help of a virtual assistant, you can free up your time to focus on more important tasks, while still getting everything done that needs to be done. 

1 hour tasks save you money

Here are 10 tasks that a virtual assistant can complete in one hour each:


Conduct Market Research

Market research is a critical component of any successful business strategy. A Virtual Assistant can conduct market research on a specific product or service and compile the data into a report or presentation. This can include researching competitors, identifying target markets, and analysing customer behaviour.


Create and Schedule Social Media Posts

Social media is a powerful tool for businesses and individuals alike. A Virtual Assistant can create and schedule social media posts for a business or individual using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. This can include creating graphics and writing captions, and setting the posts up on the scheduling tool of your choice. 


Manage Email and Calendar

For busy executives and entrepreneurs, managing email and calendar can be a time-consuming task. A Virtual Assistant can help by responding to messages, scheduling appointments, and organizing events. This can help you stay on top of your schedule and ensure that you never miss an important meeting or event.


Book Travel Arrangements

Travelling can be stressful, but a Virtual Assistant can help make it easier. A Virtual Assistant can research and book travel arrangements for a business trip, including flights, hotels, and transportation. This can save you time and ensure that you have everything you need for a successful trip.

Personal Assistant tasks


Conduct Data Entry and Database Management

Data entry and database management can be tedious tasks, but they are essential for businesses of all sizes. A Virtual Assistant can help by inputting customer information, updating spreadsheets, and organising files. This can help ensure that your data is accurate and up-to-date.


Edit and Proofread Documents

When it comes to business communications, it’s essential to have error-free documents. A Virtual Assistant can help by editing and proofreading documents, including emails, reports, and presentations. This can ensure that your communications are professional and polished.



Presentations, created on PowerPoint or Canva, are an essential tool for business meetings and events. A Virtual Assistant can create presentations that incorporate text, images, and graphics to enhance the presentation. This can help ensure that your message is delivered effectively.


Conduct Online Research

Online research can be time-consuming, but it’s an essential component of many business tasks. A Virtual Assistant can conduct online research to gather information on a specific topic or industry and compile the data into a summary report. This can help you make informed decisions and stay up-to-date on industry trends.


Provide Customer Support and Assistance

Providing excellent customer support is essential for any business. A Virtual Assistant can help by providing customer support and assistance through chat or email. This can include addressing enquiries, troubleshooting issues, and providing solutions.


Schedule Appointments

For healthcare professionals like doctors and therapists, managing appointments can be a time-consuming task. A Virtual Assistant can help by scheduling appointments, confirming them, rescheduling as needed, and sending reminders to patients or customers. This can help ensure that your schedule stays organised and that your patients and customers never miss an appointment.

Many hands make light work

In conclusion, a virtual assistant can help you save time and be more productive by completing tasks that would otherwise take up your valuable time.  By outsourcing these tasks to a Virtual Assistant, you can focus on what really matters: growing your business and achieving your goals.

The above 10 tasks are just some examples. Can you think of any other ways that a virtual assistant has helped or could help you in just one hour?

Virtual Assistants Can Help You Plan Your Wedding

Too Busy to Plan Your Wedding? Get a Virtual Personal Assistant to Help You Out

Wedding season is fast approaching! And if you’re managing your own wedding organisation alongside a hectic job or family life, have you considered hiring a Virtual Personal Assistant to assist you in your wedding planning? 

Virtual Personal Assistants come in handy for planning and managing events like weddings. Think of the amount of time that you have already spent, or are planning to spend researching the best venues, striking deals with numerous vendors and contacting caterers. 

Wedding couple make a heart with hands

Below, we’ve compiled some reasons why you should consider hiring a Virtual Personal Assistant to plan your wedding.

A VA can help with…


This is one of the greatest benefits of having a Virtual Assistant handle your wedding planning, especially if you have a full-time job or business to run. Research can be conducted on a wide range of topics, including the best reception and dinner locations, wedding venues, accommodation options, travel agencies, event décor and entertainers… to mention a few. 

Researching is a task that can take a lot of time, which you might not have, particularly if you have a demanding job.  

A VA can…

Bring Greater Peace of Mind

Using a Virtual Personal Assistant relieves you of some of the tasks that can become tiresome in the wedding planning process, and this will leave you with time to do other, more enjoyable tasks! Your Virtual Personal Assistant can be working on the tasks that you don’t want to do in the background and report back to you once they are completed. 

Wedding Banquet

A VA can…

Save You Money and Time

Hiring a Virtual Personal Assistant to assist with admin and organisational tasks will help you to cut costs as they will shop around for the best deals and keep your wedding planning budget in mind when they are conducting their research. They will follow your guidelines, without being distracted by other factors that might add to your wedding budget. 

Furthermore, if you have a job or business that takes up a lot of your time, then by outsourcing your wedding planning you will not be using up your own revenue generating time. 

And finally, with a YES Virtual Personal Assistant, you do not need to hand over the planning of your entire wedding, you can simply use our services for as little as 1 hour if you wish! 

A VA is…

Organised by Trade! 

One of the best things about hiring a Virtual Personal Assistant is the professionalism and efficiency that they bring to your wedding planning process… and, who wouldn’t want that for their big day? 

From keeping track of payments and bookings, to collating travel arrangements for family members, they can also assist with the table plan and the schedule for the day itself. 

A VA can…

Manage Your Diary

Your dedicated Virtual Personal Assistant can handle your calendar perfectly, reminding you of site visits, tastings, suit and dress fittings and rehearsals. In essence, having a virtual assistant to assist with your wedding planning will mean that you can remain a step ahead and you won’t miss a single detail! 

Wedding Party & Bride

There you have it!

Hire a Virtual Personal Assistant and your wedding planning process and the wedding itself will leave you with memories to cherish for years.

Images by Pexels and Tú Anh from Pixabay

Mid-Year Review – are you making the most of your VA?

We’re nearly halfway through this year, so let me ask you – how’s business? Are you going in the right direction? Are you making headway on your business goals? Have you started implementing all those goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year – and by the way, are you making the most of your VA?

I thought I’d throw that last question in there, as your VA is an essential part of your business success. You’ve invested in a VA, so are you making the most of them?

We’re now past the May bank holiday and still have a little time before the kids are off for the summer holidays, or your clients start taking their summer holidays. This means now is the perfect time, to carry out a mid-year review on your business and to make sure you’re utilising every means at your disposal, in order to help you reach your business goals.

If you are a parent of school age children, you’ll want to spend some quality time with your kids during their summer break. Maybe you’ve even planned a summer break away with them, so prior to that, get your hustle on to ensure that it can happen and you can take some guilt-free time away.

Take the time now, to review what you’ve already achieved, start finishing off those projects that are on the home stretch and to begin planning for the rest of this year. The work you put in now can set you up for the rest of this year – and it can make sure you’re utilising your VA to the full.

Apart from the usual task you hand over to your VA, there are various other tasks you can hand over to them, in order to free up your time now and to ensure you can switch off and recharge whilst you’re away during the summer – and ensure you hit the ground running, when you get back. These include:

  • Researching and compiling product material, presentations etc.
  • Planning your launch schedules and sequences
  • Researching and creating batches of content (such as blog posts and social media postings) for the months ahead
  • Updating your social media accounts and profiles
  • Clearing and archiving files and emails on your computer

So why not take the time now, to review your progress so far this year, reassess where you’re headed and work out how best your VA can help you achieve those goals?

Have you carried out your mid-year review yet? What tasks, above and beyond the usual ones you outsource to them, have you decided to assign to your VA? Why not share your opinions and task ideas in the comments box below!

What can I outsource to a VA?

Saving time is frequently at the top of most entrepreneur’s wish lists. They appreciate that outsourcing some of their workload to a Virtual Assistant would save time, but one of the top questions they have around outsourcing is ‘What can I actually outsource to a VA?’

Routine and repetitive tasks

We all have lots of routine and repetitive tasks that eat into our time. Whether its organising meetings or updating databases, these tasks can easily passed to a Virtual Assistant. And, more often than not, they can complete these tasks a lot faster than we can! Continue reading “What can I outsource to a VA?”

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