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If you have ever worked as an executive or otherprofessional, you know the value of a good personalassistant. Just like in an ofce, a full-time or part-time personalassistant can help you plan a schedule, manage tasks,shop and generally make life work.Personal assistants can help run errands, drive, walk pets, help pay bills, shop, decorate for the holidaysand much more.The skills you’ll need from a personal assistant willdepend on the tasks you want them to perform.Try to be as specic as possible. You may need ex-tra help just a few hours a week — or you may needsomeone to work on a full-time or part-time basis.For anything part-time or full-time, consider work-ing with a service to help you nd a person who’sskills match your needs.If you want to delegate just a few things, you might be able to hire someone you know. Mature high schoolor college students may ll your need.Personal assistants can also help you nd otherskilled professionals. Need your house painted? Ask your trusted assistant to get you three bids. Want tosell your house, get a pool service? Let your assistantnd two or three options, while you handle the im-portant stuff.
Fitness trainers, golf coaches, massage therapistsand more… If you need help, you can nd it.Getting a massage at home is wonderful. You canshower in the privacy of your own bathroom, use yourown towels and robe and enjoy a nap in your own bed.A licensed massage therapist will bring a sturdy,portable chair or table and linens. (The massage oil isprobably not something you want in your laundry.)Be sure to tell the therapist if you have any physicalissues. If you’ve never had a massage, tell them. Ask questions. Some people may be a little nervous lettinga stranger work on their body; however, if you hirea licensed therapist who has been recommended byothers, you’ll nd it a wonderful, healing experience.The cost for an in-home massage is about the sameas what you would pay in an ofce. You may even beable to use a coupon or get a discount for frequenttreatments.Personal trainers and sports coaches are available tocome to you as well. Again, be sure they are certied,check their references and spend some time discuss-ing your challenges and goals. Most will offer a freeinitial consultation.Yoga, tai chi, meditation, self defense… these are allthings you can practice with a professional who comesto you. It’s the same if you want to learn technology,like computers, or even if you need help buying andinstalling components like a at-screen TV or a hometheater.Again, talk to a professional, make sure they arelistening to your needs and they will make recom-mendations.A chef is also a wonderful treat. Maybe you’d liketo host a holiday meal, but you’re just not up to thechallenge of cooking and cleaning up?Hire a chef and a waiter for half a day. They willshop, prepare the food, serve it and clean up, leavingyou free to be the host and focus on your family andfriends.Finally, if you or your spouse have mobility or travelissues, you might consider hiring a barber or stylist ornail tech to come to you.Getting a fresh hair cut, makeup or a manicure canreally improve the way you feel, especially if yourrecovering from surgery or an injury.Some of these professionals may have licensingrules they have to follow; so, again, talk with them rstabout what you need, what they can do and what itcosts. In the case of some of these services, a tip might be customary.If you’re not sure, just ask. If the provider is alsothe business owner, he or she may decline a tip. If youare grateful for their ongoing work, consider a gift forthem during the holidays.
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Everybody needs a plumber at some point. The samewith electricians. Knowing a handyman you can callfor small jobs is also a wonderful thing.If you don’t want to hire a regular lawn care service,you’ll still want to know a landscaper to help withplants (especially after this winter), maybe someoneto look after the sprinklers and a certied arborist totrim and treat your trees.Every home has bug issues. There are many treat-ments available for basic pests and termites; but if youhave an older home with a crawl space or an attic,there will be a time when you might need help to getrid or rats, bats, raccoons or worse.Lakefront home owners can count on a gatorshowing up eventually. Knowing who to call in thesesituations is helpful.If you’re a seasonal resident, be sure whoever looksafter your property knows who to call as well.Finally, even if you take care of your own swimmingpool, having someone to back you up is important. If a line gets broken, if the pump fails or the chemical balance gets out of control, you’ll need to know whoto call.
Pets are a wonderful part of anyone’s life. Many pets,like a mature dog or cat, require very little care beyondfeeding and occasional vet visits. If you or your spouseare not able to take your pet to the vet, do not neglectthis important health need. A personal assistant or afriend or neighbor can go to the vet for you.Also, remember, walking is great exercise for every-one; however, if you cannot walk your dog personally,there are professional dog walking services. Many dogwalkers will also pet sit. If you’re on vacation, they willwalk, feed and water your pets, check on the housefor you and more.Prices are often about the same as a kennel.Finally, cleaning up after your dog can be strenuousfor some. You can hire “pick up” services to get thedog mess out of your yard. They come a couple timesa week and generally walk the whole property in casesome other dog left a surprise in your front yard.
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