Your household deserves better technology
Your household faces many of the same challenges as a small business. But the spreadsheets, text messages and physical paperwork you're using to manage your employees, properties and vendors can’t keep up — and it’s time for a change.Read this story
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[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.
3 ways Nines helps you control your household’s information
You depend on trusted staff to manage your family’s most important information, but what happens if you have to part ways? With Nines, you can hold on to everything from paint colors to HR records, and ensure continuity for your household — come what may.
[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.
3 things you need to know about your household staff
Your household staff is always there for you when you need them. But are you running the risk of losing your most trusted employee? Here are three things every household employer needs to hear.
[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.
The ultimate guide to household manuals
A household manual keeps your home running smoothly. But what exactly goes into building one? Does everyone need a manual? And how do you get started? Here’s everything you need to know about building a house manual that will change your life at home.
[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.
What is a household manager, and do you need one?
Running a household can feel like a full-time job — and that’s because it is. If you’re spending too much time on managing household staff and balancing projects, and not enough time enjoying your home and bonding with your loved ones, you may need a household manager. Start here to learn about house manager roles and responsibilities, titles, salaries, and more.
[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.
Centralize your household's preferences, personal information and more with Nines
Whether you're managing your own household or communicating resident preferences with household staff, you need a secure way to store and share sensitive personal information. With Nines, you can keep everything at your fingertips — without losing control.
[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.
Maintain your household’s valuable assets with Nines
Your household’s cars, art, antiques, musical instruments and appliances all require regular care and maintenance — but keeping track of details and schedules can be a massive challenge. With Nines, you can preserve your household’s most valuable assets effortlessly.
What is Schedule H for Household Employment Taxes?
How do you report household employees on your taxes? Do you even need to report them? It’s all in Schedule H.
How this luxury wellness retreat keeps track of every detail
Luxury service is in the details. But how do you keep up, when the number of details is overwhelming? See how the right household management platform helped the team behind this luxury wellness retreat save time and focus on meaningful work.
[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.
What are the risks of misclassifying household staff?
Is your nanny an employee or a contractor? And what happens if you get it wrong? Don’t put yourself or your household employees at risk.
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!
Build a dynamic house manual to match your household
Your household manual should be able to keep up with your fast-paced, constantly changing household. Introducing a better way to create manuals that work, powered by Nines and industry expert Marta Perrone.
[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.
Manage your household’s contacts all in one place
Your household needs to track contact information, birthdays, anniversaries, gifts and more. Nines household management software comes with built-in contact management, so you can store contact data and use that information to strengthen your relationships.
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?
Are you setting your household employees up for success?
Onboarding is a critical step in helping your household run smoothly. Are you giving your new employees the tools and guidance they need?
Organize your home’s most important documents with Nines
Say goodbye to paper clutter and desk organizers that never have enough storage space. Keep all of your household’s most important documents in one easy access, searchable place.
Do you need workers' compensation insurance for household employees?
Think you can get away without workers’ comp insurance for your household staff? Don’t let an accident turn into a nightmare for you and your employees.
What happens if your household employer doesn't pay taxes on your wages?
Is your employer paying you off the books? Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.
Household employee taxes: what happens if you don’t pay?
You have an obligation to pay household employee taxes — but what happens if you pay your nanny, butler, or housekeeper under the table, instead?
Manage household tasks anywhere, anytime with Nines
Need a better way to check things off your household’s to-do list? With Nines, you can create tasks, assign them to household staff, share them with contractors, and follow along as work gets done — anytime, anywhere.
[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.
Keep track of your household’s vendors with Nines
Vendors are a key part of managing households, and the right vendor management system can make life easier for you and your service providers. See how Nines household management software can streamline your vendor workflow.
Organize your lists with Nines
Lists help you organize everything in your household. But what happens when your lists start to pile up? Let’s get your lists under control.
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?
Marta Perrone and Nines come together to reimagine household manuals
In her 30 years in private service, Marta Perrone has perfected the art of building house manuals. Now, she’s sharing her secrets for keeping your household running smoothly through a new partnership with Nines.
An estate manager’s search for one go-to platform
Running an estate is a balancing act — but you shouldn’t have to juggle so many tools to get the job done. See how this estate manager found one home for all of her household’s most important information.
Is a private service professional a contractor or an employee?
Is your nanny an employee or a contractor? Knowing the difference — and paying them correctly — can help you save money and avoid risk.
What are household employee taxes, and why should they be filed legally?
When you pay employment taxes for your household staff, you’re showing appreciation and respect for the employee who makes your life easier and takes good care of your household — and at the same time, you’re protecting yourself from a myriad of legal and financial risks.
[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.
What does California's “Silenced No More” Act SB-331 Mean for Household Employment?
The Silenced No More Act sets stronger rules limiting what non-disclosure agreements can protect. Is your NDA still legal?
Simplify your luxury property management with Nines
Whether you’re managing one home or a dozen, property management is complex. Nines household management software handles all the details, so nothing slips through the cracks.
[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.
Manage your household staff with Nines
Your household staff deserves a tool that’s built to help them succeed. Nines empowers everyone in your household with easier, smarter support.
[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.
How to set up nanny payroll to save you $8,000 at tax time
Is your household’s nanny payroll set up to save you money — and avoid the risk of penalties and fines — in 2021?
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.
How tech is changing household management
Top private service professionals keep the households of CEOs and celebrities running smoothly. But they’re drowning in spreadsheets and long text message threads. Why don’t the world’s best estate managers and personal assistants have a tool that’s built for them?
Your household deserves better technology
Your household faces many of the same challenges as a small business. But the spreadsheets, text messages and physical paperwork you're using to manage your employees, properties and vendors can’t keep up — and it’s time for a change.
An opportunity in private service
The pandemic uncovered deep-rooted problems in the private service industry — and triggered an important shift in how we think about the future.