Admin, admin, admin. Every mother knows the feeling. Along with potentially working full time, or having a busy schedule, the need to complete admin for the family can be overwhelming. From organising playgroups, volunteering in school clubs, packing a school lunch through to arranging your children’s haircuts – and that’s not including all the home admin from booking the car for a service through to taking the dog for his checkup. It can sometimes feel like an uphill swim!
So what is a mum’s helper or mother’s personal assistant or family assistant?
Whether you are a ‘leaver’ or a ‘remainer’, or looking in from outside of the UK, one thing is for sure: the Brexit vote from the referendum in June 2016 has kept everyone talking. Most importantly, as negotiations have started, it has left everyone guessing – as no clear deals or rules have been set yet.
So whether you are a candidate from mainland Europe looking for a job in the UK, a candidate from the UK looking for a job in mainland Europe, or a client in either location looking to hire staff, keep reading on what you need to know.
Emails are a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we can exchange instant information to people, knowing that within less than a second important information can be shared. Yet, on the other hand, it often massively inflates a number of notes we write. Emails can be sent with one word or picture, what would previously have been written in a letter, can take the space of 10 or even 20 emails.
There is a difference between being responsive and being reactive. Nowadays we are mainly stuck in being reactive, dealing with hundreds of emails, trying to get on top of our inbox, and even by good organisation and filters, we still have mounds of emails to wade through each morning. So what can a good PA do for your emails?
First, you need to delegate.
In the United States, they have identified a day of the year which celebrates those working in administration, secretarial and reception work. This is called the Administrative Professional Day. It is less commonly celebrated in the United Kingdom. But around the world employers who have their own personal assistants might always be looking for gifts to give their personal assistant to say thank you for being so great.
Administrative Professional Day was founded after the second world war, and although it is not an official public holiday, with over 4 million people in the US alone working in this area, it was introduced to recognise the importance of these roles in the workplace.
Here is a list of 10 best gifts which administrative assistants and those celebrating administrative professional day would love to receive!
Time is limited. Work is busy. When meeting deadlines, it is easy to forget the plans for things that matter.
Luxury and in demand holidays are booked long in advance, yachts are chartered and opportunities will pass you by. Having a traveling personal assistant prepare for the holidays, can take the strain off making those plans, and allow you to sit back and relax when the time comes!
To make the very most of your fun-filled spring, summer, autumn or winter, there are lots of ways a personal assistant can help. If you dream of relaxing on a pristine beach filled with pink sand, or spending quality time with your family or friends, whatever your dreams are – why not make those dreams a reality with a little bit of help from a traveling personal assistant?
How to get your baby to sleep through the night? It’s a question that most if not every parent will ask at some point in their child’s life. My name is Alexandra Eleftheriou and I am Sleep Support Worker, Maternity Nurse, Private Nanny and founder of The Mothership Ltd. I have worked with numerous amounts of parents internationally to get this very popular question answered.
Here are a few of my top tips to help your little one sleep through the night:
We have a tendency to over complicate a baby’s sleeping environment and sometimes pretty features do more harm than good. Make sure that your baby’s sleeping environment is simple, no heavy bedding, not too many toys or books (if not any in the bed, bar a comforter as these can over stimulate children, they would rather play than sleep). Your baby’s mattress should be firm and have no wear and tear. I always advise a new mattress for each child.
Having a PA, whether this is in a corporate setting or in your private household is a great addition to any busy set up – if you already have, or have had a PA, you know how helpful they can be and what a difference they can make in your working and private family life.
However, getting to the stage of having a great PA can sometimes be tricky. Finding the right candidate can be extremely challenging.
When you have gotten through the sea of CVs and applications, and are at the point of hiring the new PA, it is essential to vet your candidates so you can find a trustworthy and qualified PA. Apart from CVs, interviews, and any relevant qualifications (don’t forget DBS checks if the PA will be working with your children) you will need to check and verify references. Even if you are doing your recruitment via an agency, and they do all of the checks for you, is it still highly advised that you check the references yourself.
This guide will help you properly conduct reference checks on your PA candidates so you can be more confident in your decision.
Do you feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Given that an average person sleeps for 8 hours in a day, that means that an average person will sleep for 229,961 hours in their lifetime or basically one-third of their life! Do you wish we could invent a miracle pill to allow us to use that extra third wasted to sleep, on doing the things we love?
It seems in our modern lifestyles, with all the mod-cons from kettles which turn on via your iPhone to alerts to movement in your house when you are away, we still don’t have enough time for ourselves. How often do you say to yourself, ‘I’d love to do that if I had the time’, or ‘I must do that’, and your to-do list never seems to get smaller?
So what solutions are there?
The ‘to do list’ was never-ending. Even in our technological advancements, the paper bills, tax returns, gifts to order and contractors to manage was exhausting. Samantha had had enough. A young entrepreneur, she was focused on building her own consultancy business. Newly wed, married life was fantastic, but with her husband working long hours, Samantha often found that the daily tasks in life fell to her. She didn’t have a problem with it, but she did wonder how she could minimise this daily ‘admin’.
The final straw was when her new husband landed a huge account with his business, and the couple discussed how he would be travelling for the next few months. Samantha decided enough was enough.
So what did she do?
Lucy Challenger, CEO of Polo & Tweed was delighted to be invited to help a VIP client find an experienced nanny for her family. The client was willing to partake in the Channel 4 documentary, so Lucy and the team agreed to be featured in the show.
Check out our exclusive video clip below!