Domestic staffing is in very high demand, but it is important to understand that this can mean very different things to different people. For example, for someone who works from home or runs their own consulting business they might be looking for someone who is more of an administrative assistant than anything else. This is someone who takes care of the details of planning travel, working on a schedule, and dealing with things like emails, meetings, answering the phone, and helping to keep things running smoothly specifically on the business side of things.
On the other hand, that is not what most people have in mind when it comes to domestic staffing. Other examples could include a bodyguard, a butler, a caretaker, chauffeur, an au pair, gardeners, maids, tutors, or chefs. This is just a small sample of the many different roles that can be requested by someone was looking for a little bit of extra help around the house.
In the case of a butler or a maid, this could be a full-time position where they are expected to be in the house 24/7, and often will be given free lodging as part of their compensation, or they could be part-time and only come in during set number of hours during the week.
Gardeners and landscapers are especially common for individuals who have a very large estate and wanted to look wonderful but don’t want to spend the many hours it would take to do so. Often times these individuals are going to be busy doing business, running other parts of the household, or taking care of other issues.
An au pair can be a critical part of domestic staff help as they help watch and take care of the kids, and in many situations this can be a virtually full-time position is often in very high demand in families with two extremely busy parents in high demand industries, especially with younger children or if they had children who have special needs and need that extra attention and support.
When hiring for a domestic staff position the first important step is to know exactly what type of services you need, as well as how many people you are looking to hire or what your budget restrictions are in that regard. Obviously, there is a very big difference between a bodyguard and a babysitter for the kids, a cook and a landscaper, or professional administrative assistant versus a butler.
Once you know exactly what you are looking for, and how many people you are looking for, then the decision goes to whether you hire individually or go through an agency. There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to do this but for mass hires usually going through an agency makes more sense. We know of a respectable domestic agency in Miami who offers their clients lots of advantages including background screening and the ability to fill multiple types of positions.
On the other hand, if you’re hiring just one or two professionals, knowing your personality fits with theirs (or at least doesn’t clash) can be a major thing to consider for hiring solo.
If in doubt, contact an agency and ask what they offer to learn more.