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[Easemakers Podcast E24] Navigating a new generation of principals in private service
A younger generation of principals is starting to hire household staff — so what does that mean for private service professionals? In this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Philippa Smith shares what she's learned about this new generation.
[Easemakers Podcast E23] Being persistent and standing up to vendors (in a nice way)
Every estate manager has learned some lessons the hard way. In this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Bobbie Halminiak shares what she's learned about working with vendors.
[Easemakers Podcast E22] The service mindset and going above and beyond
John Christensen is a 25-year private service veteran, who grew up with a service mindset. In the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast, he shares what he's learned about standing out, while maintaining your balance.
[Easemakers Podcast E21] From TV costumes to private service: being prepared for anything
Estate managers need keen attention to detail, great organization skills, and the ability to stay calm in the midst of chaos. Jean Weiss learned all of these things before her private service career — as a costumer on shows like Parks and Recreation. Tune in to the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast to hear her story, and what she's learned along the way.
[Easemakers Podcast Bonus] Learning the basics of property management and household operations
Don't know where to start when it comes to managing properties? Expert estate manager Shelby Boudreau learned everything she knows on the job — and now, she's sharing her tried and true household operations tips to help others feel less overwhelmed.
[Easemakers Podcast E20] Growing from nanny to household and estate manager
Are you in a nanny or family assistant role, aspiring to be an estate manager? In this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Brianna Shute shares how she grew from being a nanny to an estate manager as her principals' needs changed.
Tackle your household operations in 3 easy steps
Managing homes and estates isn't easy. But if you take these 3 simple steps, you can cut down on the chaos, save time, and be more prepared for anything that comes your way.
[Easemakers Podcast E19] Serving as a footman to Queen Elizabeth II
This week, people around the world are paying homage to Queen Elizabeth II. On this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Chris Ely shares what it was like to be a footman at Buckingham Palace.
[Easemakers Podcast E18] Mayday case study: overcoming 'hell week'
One week, three holiday dinners, no notice. When Holy Week turned into 'hell week,' Latricia Friend made the impossible possible for her principals — and now, she's sharing how she did it in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast E17] The tension between estate managers and interior designers
Estate managers and interior designers both want to make their principals happy — so why is it such a challenge to work together? We asked two friends to debate some common scenarios, and to share how they've built a positive working relationship.
[Easemakers Podcast E16] Managing risk in household employment
How do you create a healthy work environment for household staff, get ahead of challenges, and keep tough situations from escalating? In a new episode of the Easemakers Podcast, TEAM CEO Rachel Green shares tips and best practices for minimizing risk in household employment.
[Easemakers Podcast E15] A "gilded age" in private service: trends in job descriptions, salaries & more
Are we seeing an unprecedented moment in private service? Brian Daniel thinks so — and he's sharing his insights in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast E14] Caring for couture and managing high-end wardrobes
How do you care for a luxury wardrobe and manage the closet of a couture collector? Garde Robe's Doug Greenberg shares secrets from the pros.
[Easemakers Podcast E13] Service squared: inside the military's enlisted aide program
Enlisted aides have a keen sense of attention to detail, managing everything from the medals on a general's uniform to the menu for dinner with an ambassador. Get an inside look at this unique private service role in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast E12] Managing second homes and seasonal properties
A second home should feel like a sanctuary, but maintaining a seasonal property can be a lot of work. How do you manage vendors from afar? How do you keep the home safe year round? Kelly Cooper has built a business around managing seasonal properties, and she's sharing her secrets in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast E11] Why private service professionals need better backup
Why is burnout such a problem in private service? How do we stop it from happening? In the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Bonnie Low-Kramen shares her thoughts on why private service professionals need better backup — and how we can make it happen.
[Easemakers Podcast E10] Managing construction projects for luxury homes
Estate managers balance a huge range of tasks every day — so how do you add a construction project to the mix? Veteran Estate Manager and owner's rep Tammy Goforth shares her secrets for striking the right balance in our latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast E9] Fractional estate management: managing multiple principals and properties
Curious about the pros and cons of balancing multiple principals and multiple properties? In the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast, fractional estate management veteran Christopher Milu shares his experience — and his tips for other PSPs.
[Easemakers Podcast E8] The perks and challenges of working with celebrities
Dream of working with a celebrity? Trying to figure out if working for someone in the spotlight is right for you? Estate manager J Paulin worked for one of the biggest names in show business — and weighs in on the pros and cons in our latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
[Easemakers Podcast] Leadership, job searching, manuals and more
Every estate manager has a story, and the Easemakers Podcast is where you get to hear them. Tune in to hear guests share their tips for becoming a better leader, landing the right job for you, building an effective house manual, and more.
3 questions for home organization expert Faith Roberson
Curious about taking on an organizing project? Don’t miss these home organization tips from professional organizer and life coach Faith Roberson.
AMA: Detoxing your household for a healthier lifestyle
Many households are becoming more eco-conscious, but don't realize how much of what they buy is toxic. Sophia Ruan Gushée wants to change that — and now, she's sharing her secrets with the Easemakers community.
[Easemakers Podcast E7] Making your vendors feel a part of the team
Want to work with vendors who would drop everything to help you? Get tips from Estate Manager Shelby Boudreau in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
AMA: The magic of organizing and decluttering
Getting organized helps your household run smoothly — but where do you start, and how do you find the time? Bring your questions to our ask me anything (AMA) conversation with Faith Roberson!
[Easemakers Podcast E6] Building an effective household manual
Does your household have a manual that sets expectations and helps everyone on your staff succeed? Housekeeping and estate management expert Marta Perrone shares her secrets in the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast.
House rules: how to set expectations with your vendors
Your vendors can only live up to your household’s standards if they know what they are. Here’s how to write house rules that set expectations from the beginning.
9 ways to build strong, long-lasting relationships with your vendors
Your household couldn’t run smoothly without the help of experts who specialize in A/V, irrigation, construction, and more. Here are 9 ways to build stronger relationships with your vendors.
[Easemakers Podcast E5] Agencies, resumes and references
How do you find the right match in private service? Whether you're looking for an agency to work with, a principal to work for, or a private service professional to hire, this episode of the Easemakers Podcast has you covered.
4 questions estate managers should always ask in a crisis
Estate managers are responsible for making important decisions on the fly. Are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your household when you're under pressure?
[Easemakers Podcast E4] Becoming a better communicator
Estate managers face tough conversations every day. In this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, we asked Director of Residences Fiona Spence-McNeil to share her strategies for navigating any conversation.
AMA: Minimizing risk for your household
You're responsible for managing risk when it comes to your vendors, household staff, and more. Are you doing everything you can to protect your principals and yourself?
[Easemakers Podcast E3] Navigating the job search in private service
What questions should candidates ask in interviews to get a clear understanding of the principal? Why does ghosting happen? In the latest episode of the Easemakers Podcast, we asked Peter Van Ryder to share what he's learned as a private service professional turned educator and recruiter.
5 tips for managing a great private event
As the owner of the NYC-based boutique catering and events company KG Fare, Joshua Griffiths knows how to create a fantastic guest experience. Now, he's sharing his secrets with the Easemakers community.
[Easemakers Podcast E2] Driving change in estate management
What is an estate manager? Why is this role so hard to define, and who sets the standard? Veteran estate manager Kimberly Varney wants to help answer these questions. Listen to our new episode of the Easemakers Podcast to hear how she plans to do it.
[Easemakers Podcast E1] How to foster an amazing team
We're kicking off the Easemakers Podcast with an expert in managing teams and fostering employees: Director of Residences Jared Miles. Listen now to get Jared's tips for his fellow people leaders.
Introducing the Easemakers Podcast
Tune in to hear your fellow easemakers talk about everything from pivoting at a moment's notice to bringing out the best in everyone on your team.
AMA: Translating your principal's vision into the perfect event
Want to turn your principal's grand ideas into a concrete plan? Bring your questions to our ask me anything (AMA) conversation with Joshua Griffiths!
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9 benefits to retain your best private service professionals
Nationwide resignations are up 60% over last year, and demand for household employees is booming. How are you working to retain your best private service professionals?
20 resources every estate manager should know
We put together a list of private service industry resources every estate manager should know. Check out the list below, and let us know what’s missing.
3 questions to add to your interviews with private service professionals
As an estate manager, you're responsible for hiring household staff members who share your high standards for trust and quality of service. How do you get a clear sense of a candidate’s behavior, character and work ethic?
Setting the table for a 5 star Thanksgiving dinner
Director of Residences and professionally trained Chef JP Cole thinks about Thanksgiving dinner all year round. “The preparation is utmost,” says JP.
The hidden resume
When Fiona Spence-McNeil joins a new household as Director of Residences, she interviews every member of the team. But she doesn’t want to hear about your resume.
One thing I wish I’d known before getting into private service
Anyone in the private service industry will tell you, no day is the same. So, how do you prepare for a career full of surprises?
Why private service professionals need community
The best private service professionals in the world too often feel alone. We believe Easemakers is the solution.