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If you work alone, own a small business, or are even running a major department, there may come a time when you need a right-hand man (or woman) to lighten the load. It is not always clear as to when or why an assistant may be in order, but if you are thinking about it, you are likely a good candidate to find someone who can work alongside you to join your career endeavors.

There are plenty of people of all ages who are well-suited to help, learn, grow, and prosper as you reach new heights at work thanks to their assistance. Don't consider your need for an assistant a lack of ability on your part, think of it as a sign that you have reached a new place in your career where you can no longer go it alone. They say, "It's lonely at the top," so why not have someone with your best interest at heart along for the ride?

Here are 4 signs you may need an assistant. Make plans to hire a competent and like-minded person for the role as soon as possible, before you are in over your head.

You're Losing Track

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Are you forgetting to call back important clients, missing deadlines, forgetting where you left your meeting notes, or calling in late for conference calls? With so much on your plate, it can become difficult to keep everything in order. An assistant is the answer to handle your scheduling and to-dos, so you can concentrate on the bigger picture. Find someone who is organized and communicative, and you'll stay on track thanks to their administrative skills.

You Can't Keep Up

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When you are responsible for so much, it can start to feel like you are struggling to stay above water. You can't stay on pace and you start to fall behind. As The Cubicle Chick notes, "The pile is getting bigger, not smaller, and the quality of work is beginning to suffer because of it." This will not become any better unless you vow to never sleep, or better yet, hire an assistant.

As per Daily Worth, "If you see anything you can outsource, do it (if) you're working as hard as ever, but feel like you're not getting anything done."

You Can't Take on New Business

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The goal in business is to grow, not to slow. If you are swamped as is, how can you take on new clients to expand your company and increase your chance for success? As per The Cubicle Chick, "Turning down work that you want to do but can't is a sure sign that you need an assistant on hand."

According to Your Coffee Break, "You are throwing away the potential to make more money because you are weighed down by smaller tasks that you need to get out of the way." Allow an assistant to deal with the minutia so you can make new connections and create momentum.

You're Super-Stressed

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We all suffer from some degree of workplace stress, but if you feel like you are drowning, you could use an assistant to breathe new life into you. You will be able to delegate tasks to get yourself to a place that is more manageable.

The Cubicle Chick suggests asking yourself, "Are you suffering from more headaches and migraines than normal? If your blood pressure high?" These are signs of stress and can be lessened when there is someone assisting you to lessen your out-of-control workload. With less stress, you will be able to think more clearly, make more progress, and reach your goals with a calm and collected attitude.

Think it's time for a helping hand? Plenty of go-getters are ready for hire!

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.