What is a Fractional Executive Assistant? And Do You Need One?

For any small business, startup, or enterprise, success hinges on the productivity and efficacy of the leadership team. That's why the executive assistant, the administrative professional who helps keep an executive organized, focused, and productive, has long been recognized as one of the most important roles in the company.

A skilled executive assistant can significantly enhance the productivity and effectiveness of an executive, allowing them to focus on high-priority tasks and strategic initiatives. They possess specialized skills and extensive experience that enable them to handle complex tasks efficiently. Their ability to manage multiple responsibilities, anticipate needs, and effectively communicate with high-level stakeholders commands respect--and, often, a respectable salary.

However, for early-stage startups, bootstrapped small businesses, or the huge number of fractional executives entering the market, a full-time, in-house executive assistant may be prohibitively costly.

This is where the concept of fractional executive assistants comes into play. In this short guide, we'll delve into the realm of fractional executives and explore whether hiring one could be the solution for you.

What Are Fractional Executive Assistants?

Fractional executive assistants, like part-time executive assistants, are skilled professionals who provide high-level administrative support on a flexible basis.

Fractional executive assistants are often fully remote, initially hired for just a few hours a week and increasing as the company grows.

Unlike traditional full-time assistants, fractional executives offer their services for a fraction of the time, allowing businesses to access top-tier assistance without the commitment of a full-time hire.

Unlike a typical virtual assistant or "VA," fractional executive assistants take care of higher-level project management rather than one-off lower level tasks.

The Benefits of Hiring a Fractional Executive Assistant

Cost-Effectiveness: By opting for a fractional executive assistant, businesses can save on overhead costs associated with full-time employees, such as benefits and office space.

Flexibility: Fractional executives offer the flexibility to scale their services according to the evolving needs of the business, whether it's during peak periods or for specific projects.

Specialized Expertise: Many fractional executive assistants come with extensive experience in specific industries or functions, providing valuable insights and support tailored to your business requirements.

Increased Productivity: With administrative tasks offloaded to a dedicated professional, business leaders can focus their time and energy on strategic initiatives, driving overall productivity and growth.

Do You Need a Fractional Executive Assistant?

Determining whether your business could benefit from hiring a fractional executive assistant depends on various factors, including workload, budget, and long-term goals. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are administrative tasks consuming a significant portion of your time?
  • Do you require specialized support for specific projects or initiatives?
  • Would access to high-level assistance enhance your efficiency and effectiveness in key areas?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider bringing a fractional executive assistant on board. To look further into whether this option is for you, I recommend this free masterclass for a comprehensive look.

Fractional Assistant vs. Full-Time Assistant: The Pros and Cons of Each

When considering hiring an assistant, whether fractional or full-time, it's essential to weigh the advantages and drawbacks of each option. Here's a comparison to help you make an informed decision:

Fractional Assistant:


  1. Cost-Effectiveness: Fractional assistants typically charge for the hours worked, making them more budget-friendly for businesses with fluctuating needs.
  2. Flexibility: Businesses can adjust the hours and services of fractional assistants based on workload and requirements, offering greater flexibility.
  3. Access to Specialized Expertise: Fractional assistants often bring diverse experiences from working with multiple clients, offering a broad skill set and fresh perspectives.
  4. No Long-Term Commitment: Hiring a fractional assistant doesn't require a long-term contract, providing businesses with the freedom to scale up or down as needed.


  1. Availability: Fractional assistants may not be available at all times, which could pose challenges for businesses requiring immediate or consistent support.
  2. Limited In-Person Availability: Depending on the arrangement, fractional assistants may primarily work remotely, limiting in-person interactions.

Full-Time Assistant:


  1. Dedicated Support: Full-time assistants offer consistent availability and dedicated support, fostering deeper relationships and understanding of the business's operations.
  2. Immediate Availability: Full-time assistants are typically readily available during regular business hours, providing immediate assistance when needed.
  3. In-Person Collaboration: Having a full-time assistant in the office allows for easier communication and collaboration, fostering a stronger team dynamic.


  1. Higher Costs: Employing a full-time assistant involves higher costs, including salary, benefits, and overhead expenses, which may not be feasible for all businesses.
  2. Less Flexibility: Full-time assistants require a consistent workload and may not offer the same level of flexibility as fractional assistants in adjusting hours or services.
  3. Limited Specialization: Full-time assistants may have limited exposure to different industries or functions compared to fractional assistants, potentially limiting their expertise in specialized areas.

How ChatterBoss Can Help

I started ChatterBoss to connect businesses with highly skilled executive assistants tailored to their unique needs, goals, and work style.

Our pool of experienced assistants is adept at providing top-tier support across various industries and functions. Whether you need fractional support or are looking to recruit in-house, we've got you covered.

Drop us a line to strategize based on your needs--my team and I are excited to talk through your budget, goals, and needs.

In today's fast-paced business environment, leveraging the services of a fractional executive assistant can be a game-changer for productivity and growth.

Whether you're a startup looking to scale efficiently or an established enterprise seeking to streamline operations, hiring a fractional executive assistant could be the strategic move your business needs.

Explore the possibilities with ChatterBoss. We're looking forward to chatting!

P.S. Think you might need an assistant, but aren't sure how to work with one? Take our 10-minute quiz to find out your delegation score and discover whether you're ready to start handing of tasks.

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