absent assistant provides professional business services & solutions virtually, eliminating administrative hassles, enabling you to free up your time to find the success you set out to achieve.

Begin running your business instead of it running YOU!

If you could create your business to be ANYTHING, what would you choose?

how we can help you

absent assistant has worked for large multi-national organisations and entrepreneurs, across diverse industry sectors such as investment banking, governance, not-for-profit, recruitment, etc.

absent assistant is experienced in the intricacies of setting up and running small business from concept of product, to website development, product launch and maintenance … we understand your requirements.

WHO could you add to your business to make that happen?

who is absent assistant

Michelle McDonald has over 20 years’ experience as an executive assistant in Australia, the UK and the USA, with a comprehensive understanding of complex, confidential and sensitive challenges for C-Level Executives and boards, across diverse sectors and cultures.  absent assistant is usually located in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia … but currently in Arlington VA, USA … proving that you can work anywhere virtually!


  • is adept at accomplishing multiple tasks simultaneously and working effectively under pressure
  • has an innate capacity to work with minimal direction & carries out diverse tasks with high levels of efficiency
  • is flexible, preemptive, works independently & as a team member
  • improves efficiency in administration processes
  • understands & implements new software and systems
  • has a comprehension of the intricacies to set up and run an online business from concept of product, to website development, product launch and maintenance


what others have to say

“Michelle single-handedly saved the organisation.” 
Capital City Ball Co-Founder, Dr John Dunford


“I requested the help of absent assistant when two staff members left within the week.  absent assistant understood the unique nature of our work and proficiently cleared out backlog of incoming applications. This assurance and peace of mind allowed me to focus on sourcing the right staff for our office and their training.  absent assistant proved to be invaluable during this period and I highly recommend anyone seeking virtual assistance from absent assistant.”
Smartaupairs Founder, Nicole Kofkin


“We have appreciated your willingness to be available at short notice and tailor your response to our needs along with your capacity to work with minimal direction, communicate well with people and carry out very diverse tasks with high levels of competency and skill. It has been a pleasure having you as part of our team when needed.”
Former Melbourne City Mission CEO, Anne Turley