What’s a Household Manager?
What is a household manager?
A household manager works on a regular schedule, typically 20-40 plus hours a week. A household manager’s role is designed to keep their employer’s home running smoothly. Working with a household manager is an excellent option if you need help with a robust set of daily tasks. Duties may include: routine family laundry, meal prep, cooking, grocery shopping, errands, appointment scheduling, maintenance/vendor coordination, holiday/event planning, travel planning, supervising staff, pet care, organization, etc. A household manager may also perform miscellaneous administrative tasks, acting as the point of contact for their employer. A household manager’s responsibilities may or may not include childcare.
What are the benefits of working with a household manager?
In teaming with a household manager you will gain back precious time! Working with a household manager is a great option if you need an extra set of hands to accomplish your family goals.
What are the responsibilities of a household manager?
A household manager’s duties will vary depending on the needs of the family. Think of a household manager as an expert multi-tasker. They will be skilled at caring for the short and long-term objectives of your home life.
What should I look for when hiring a household manager?
Starling recommends candidates with a history of long-term job placements and glowing references. Household managers need to be highly organized and proactive. The ideal candidate will have a natural instinct and a proven track record. A great household manager will be full-charge, meaning minimal direction is required.
How do I know if becoming a household manager is right for me?
Household managers need to be organized, efficient, and consistent. It’s important that you are able to prioritize a task list and execute projects independently. Other qualities that families seek include strong communication skills, proficiency in cooking/meal prep, and a positive mindset. Household positions can be dynamic, so the ideal candidate will be confident in their ability to shift priorities when needed. It is also important to be open to feedback. Excellent communication and flexibility ensure everyone is set up for success.
What advice can you give to a household manager just starting out?
Household manager positions are highly sought after. This means you will need a developed resume and strong references in order to secure an interview. Families are looking for a partner to help run their household and will look for individuals who are confident in their skillset. Hone your skills by taking initiative in your current role. Make an effort to look for professional development opportunities through nanny industry resources. Having skills in your back pocket will show potential employers that you are passionate about your profession.
Household managers and family assistants are becoming increasingly popular. Busy families are finding the extra help invaluable. Working with a pro to create a harmonious home environment is a game changer. Contact Starling to help develop a clear vision of your ideal household manager!
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