Household Management

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. 

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[Make Yourself at Home E12] Dr. Wendy Borlabi, Director of Performance and Mental Health, Chicago Bulls

Dr. Wendy Borlabi is known for her career in sports psychology, and her role as the Director of Mental Health and Performance for the Chicago Bulls. But who is Dr. B at home?

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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.

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[Make Yourself at Home E11] Tara Williams, Founder & CEO, Dreamland Baby

You know Tara Williams as the Founder & CEO of Dreamland Baby — the Shark Tank success story that disrupted the swaddle industry with a weighted sleep sack for babies. But who is Tara Williams at home?

Household Manual

How a digital house manual helped this estate manager save time and provide better, more cost-effective service

Linda Peifer never wanted a digital house manual — she liked the way she was doing things and she was wary of change. But today, she’s saving time and enjoying a clean desk, and she says, “I’m a believer.”

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[Make Yourself at Home E10] Noora Raj Brown, EVP, Brand, goop

You know Noora Raj Brown as the Executive Vice President of Brand at goop.com. But who is Noora Raj Brown at home?

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[Make Yourself at Home E9] Nyakio Grieco, Co-Founder, Thirteen Lune

You know Nyakio Grieco as the award-winning beauty founder who created nyakio Beauty, Thirteen Lune, and Relevant: Your Skin Seen. But who is Nyakio Grieco at home?

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[Make Yourself at Home E8] Loren Brill Castle, Founder & CEO, Sweet Loren's

You know Loren Brill Castle as the founder of Sweet Loren's — the #1 natural cookie dough brand found in 15,000 supermarkets across the United States. But who is Loren Brill at home?

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[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.

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[Make Yourself at Home E7] Actor, environmentalist and impact investor Adrian Grenier

You know Adrian Grenier as an actor, but in 2020, he traded Hollywood for a farm in Texas, and changed his life completely. This is Adrian Grenier at home.

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[Make Yourself at Home E6] Milk Stork Founder and CEO Kate Torgersen

You know Kate Torgersen as the Founder and CEO of Milk Stork, the first breast milk shipping company. But who is Kate Torgersen at home?

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[Make Yourself at Home E5] Bossbabe Co-Founder and President Danielle Canty

You know Danielle Canty as the Co-Founder and President of bossbabe, one of the largest communities of ambitious women and female entrepreneurs in the world. This is who she is at home.

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[Make Yourself at Home E4] Lalo Co-Founder and CEO Greg Davidson

You know Greg Davidson as the Co-Founder and CEO of Lalo, the direct-to-consumer baby and toddler brand that’s been trending across social media since 2019. This is who he is at home.

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[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.

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[Make Yourself at Home E3] Hint Founder and Author Kara Goldin

You know Kara Goldin as the Founder of Hint, an award-winning entrepreneur, and the host of The Kara Goldin Show. This is who she is at home.

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[Make Yourself at Home Podcast E2] Hair Stylist and Entrepreneur Frédéric Fekkai

You know Frédéric Fekkai as a celebrity hair stylist and the founder and CEO of FEKKAI brands. But who is Frédéric Fekkai at home?

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[Make Yourself at Home Podcast E1] Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman

You know Bess Freedman as a real estate leader and the CEO of the top privately-held brokerage Brown Harris Stevens. This is who she is at home.

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Introducing: Make Yourself at Home, a podcast presented by Nines

What does home mean to you, and who are you when you're there? Introducing Make Yourself at Home, a new podcast that takes you into the homes of people you admire, to ask these questions and show you a side you don't usually get to see.

Household Management

How family offices manage homes and staff with an app built for estate management

This family office was struggling to find and share information with family members and staff. Now, they have everything they need, right at their fingertips. Here's how they streamlined the chaos and reduced stress with an app that's designed for estate management.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

Household Management

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.

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[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.

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35+ templates to create a smart household manual (in a fraction of the time)

You know you need a house manual, but where to start? Introducing Nines list templates — built by the experts, so you can save time and start checking things off your list right away.

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[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.

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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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

Nines

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.

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[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.

Household Management

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.

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[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.

Household Manual

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.

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[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.

Household Management

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.

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[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.

Household Manual

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.

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[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.

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[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.

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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.

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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.

Household Assets

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.

Household Employment

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.

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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.

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[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.

Household Employment

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.

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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!

Household Manual

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.

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[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.

Household Vendors

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.

Household Vendors

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

[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.

Household Management

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.

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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?

Household Management

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?

Household Management

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.

Household Employment

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.

Household Employment

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 Employment

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?

Household Management

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.

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[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.

Household Vendors

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.

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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.

Easemakers

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?

Nines

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.

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.

Household Employment

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.

Household Employment

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.

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[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.

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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.

Household Employment

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?

Household Management

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

[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.

Household Employment

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

[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.

Easemakers

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.

Household Employment

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?

Easemakers

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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We're grateful for...

Happy Thanksgiving, Easemakers!

Household Employment

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?

Easemakers

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.

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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?

Easemakers

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.

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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.

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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?

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Why private service professionals need community

The best private service professionals in the world too often feel alone. We believe Easemakers is the solution.

Household Management

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?

Household Management

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. 

Nines

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.