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Life Hacks for 2018

As a busy mom, I am always thinking of ways to save myself time. While I can’t claim to have the magic formula, one way I am lightening my load in 2018 is outsourcing! Truthfully, the word makes me feel guilty. I want to provide my family with everything they need and I am a control freak who hates to ask for help, so admitting to…

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What Should I Give My Household Employee For the Holidays?

‘Tis the season to show your Nanny, Housekeeper or another member of your household staff just how grateful you are. When it comes to holiday tipping, there are no hard or fast rules. What and how much you give largely depends on what you feel you can afford and the quality of service you receive. The time-tested cash bonus is always appreciated and is the gift…

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It’s a Candidate’s Market!

According to the EDD, the unemployment rate in California has dropped to 5.1%, and has dropped even lower to 2.9% here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finding the right Nanny, Housekeeper, Estate Manager or Personal Assistant for your household can be a challenging task under the best of circumstances, but when the unemployment rate gets that low, it will be especially challenging! At Town…

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Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

You love your job. You love the family, the kids, the fun afternoons at the park and the art classes you get to attend with your charge. You want to be there for your employer whenever they need you, but it seems that too often they approach you with a request that interferes with a prior commitment and you feel guilty not helping out, so…

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Is it Time for a Raise?

We frequently get questions about raises from our Nannies and Clients. “When should I ask for a raise?” “When should we give a raise?” “My family is expecting a new baby next month, what is the rate increase for another baby?” “It’s my Nanny’s work anniversary, what is the standard salary increase?” “I now do full housekeeping for my employers, should I get a raise?”…

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Holiday Gifting for your Household Employee

Thanksgiving is behind us, holiday music is filling the air of every store you enter and cooler temperatures have moved in – it’s really starting to feel like the holidays. We receive a lot of calls during this time of the year from families asking what year-end bonuses are appropriate for their household employees.  When in doubt, cash bonuses tend to be preferred. Not only…

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Holiday Gift Giving – What to give your employee this season!

The holidays are right around the corner, and there is no better time to show your household and executive staff your gratitude for the quality services they provide for you and your family. Although the gift-giving season can seem a bit daunting, we’ve found that it can be much easier than you might think! When in doubt, cash bonuses tend to be preferred. Not only are they…

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