Considering hiring a personal assistant, looking for guidance and expereinces.
May 13, 2010 5:18 PM Subscribe
I'm considering hiring a part-time personal assistant to help with research, lightweight QA, and various smaller tasks. I'm an independent developer and technology consultant. I have a general sense of how I would like this to work: how much I would like to pay, what my expectations are, etc. But! I'm having a hard time finding good specific info. What should I expect to pay? What sort of person should I look for? Where should I look? Are their legal or tax implications I'm not aware of? Is this just a bad idea?
posted by chasing to work & money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I guess this is a somewhat vague question, but I'm reaching the point in my professional life where I feel I need an extra set of hands on some things -- mostly, like I said, research-related. I have the money for it and I'm willing to be generous, but I don't want to offer something that's way out of alignment with what a usual rate of pay would be. I also don't want to create a ton of additional overhead if I have to jump through legal hoops. And I want to be as fair as possible with whomever I work with -- and I want them to feel good about working with me.
Also: I want to make sure I'm dotting my t's and crossing my i's as far as making sure I do what I need to do to keep private information of mine that they'll be exposed to private. Stuff like that.
Anyway: If you have experience with this sort of thing (on either side -- hiring or being employed like this), I'd love to hear about it. Or if you know a good resource to learn more.
And, yes: If I had a research assistant, this is exactly the sort of thing I'd put them on figuring out. ;-)