While it may seem counter-intuitive, setting aside at least 20 minutes each week for a face-to-face meeting with your estate manager or personal assistant will not only save you time (and money!), but it’ll make your life easier.
I share tips and experiences from three Estate Managers and two Personal Assistants for using technology in the home. For home professionals, it’s important to stay up-to-date on home automation, and not just when your principal works in tech, because home automation can be both a labor saver and time saver for you.
Bridget Hamilton is one of the most resourceful people I know, and she thrives on making things run smoothly in a private home. This is my Q&A with Bridget about her experience with household harmony.
I've been thinking a lot about harmony and longevity in the household and the best tools for both employers and employees to have in their toolbox. I talk with candidates and clients about this topic weekly. These are hot topics.
Spring has arrived and with that comes rejuvenation and an opportunity to look at how best to run a household. I checked in with three wonderful Estate Managers/Chiefs of Staff to see what tools they have in their current tool box to keep staff and properties humming along.
In this installment of my series on technology favorites, I interviewed three Executive Assistants to learn what tech products they rely on to do their jobs better and with less stress.
Technology can make us much more efficient in our jobs, yet it's constantly evolving and takes time to keep up. This post highlights mobile apps and websites recommended by two Personal Assistants and a client.
Maurine says her clients are astounded she can make a meal that looks "normal" to them. It looks familiar and comforting but it's lean and full of healthy vegetables. She makes all her stocks from organic meats. That's the root of her meals.
I interviewed Gwen Books, a luxury travel specialist, about top destinations in 2016 for big budget travellers. Gwen also told me about her favorite suppliers in the travel business, and on which websites and apps she relies.
Aside from one southern California participant, all of these EAs are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The average salary of this group is $108,615, and ranges from $65,000 to $180,000.
Oversight of multiple properties and the staff at those properties is an Estate Manager's core responsibility. The Estate Managers in this benchmark each manage from 1 to 12 staff and oversee 1 to 7 properties.
I asked realtor Latife Hayson about the market in California's wine country. Latife is a respected expert in the sale and acquisition of luxury homes, estates, vineyards and wineries in Napa and Sonoma.
The results of the PA portion of my 2015 benchmarking survey are in! On the numbers alone, I think many would say being a Personal Assistant is a dream job.
I recently interviewed Sinead Noonan, an Executive Assistant who's worked with CEOs, Presidents, Founders and Managing Directors in multiple industries. Sinead began by telling me about the misconception that anyone can be an EA, that it's just a basic clerical administrative run of the mill job.
Patrick Tremo is an Estate Manager I placed 2.5 years ago. In this Q and A, Patrick explains the secret to his success; tells me what he does in an average week; and describes his most challenging project ever.
Surprise is the reaction I get most often when I describe how I got started in the private service industry. Most of us have interesting stories about making this a career – you can’t just choose it as a college major (yet) – so the getting started story is actually one of my favorite questions to ask candidates during an interview... what road led you to become a Personal Assistant, an Estate Manager, a Private Chef, etc?