What Is the Time Commitment for Hiring and Managing a Household Assistant?

What Is the Time Commitment for Hiring and Managing a Household Assistant

If you’ve ever considered hiring a personal assistant for your home, you’ve likely thought about what your assistant would do, how many hours it would take, and the logistics of getting them onboarded. After all, hiring the right personal assistant for your home isn’t something to take lightly. The ideal assistant must manage tasks according to your preferences, work independently, and take initiative where it makes sense.

Thankfully, that’s all possible. There’s an efficient, no-fuss way to find, hire, and onboard a home personal assistant so you can lighten your load and get more time to do what matters most to you.

The Time Spent on Household Chores

Time is one of life’s most precious resources; you want to use it wisely. But spending too much time on household chores leaves you with less time for your family, friends, career, and self-care. And if you have children at home, you may feel even more stretched. In a recent survey, 62 percent of moms said they got less than an hour a day to themselves.

Household tasks eat up more time than you might think. A five-year time-use study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that unpaid household chores took an average of 21.5 hours per week. Just imagine what you could do instead of spending that many hours a week doing things you may not even enjoy, such as running errands, doing laundry, and waiting for the HVAC maintenance technician to arrive.

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Hiring a Personal Assistant for Your Home Adds Time to Your Day

There are many signs you’re ready for a personal assistant: You’re stressed, overwhelmed, and have little to no time for personal interests. Most days, it seems there’s too much to do, you feel responsible for doing it all, and you rarely, if ever, get a break.

However, a personal assistant can address those issues by taking the following tasks off your hands:

  • Shopping for groceries
  • Running errands
  • Doing laundry and dropping off dry cleaning
  • Preparing meals and cleaning up
  • Organizing and tidying rooms
  • Making reservations
  • Scheduling and rescheduling appointments
  • Coordinating deliveries and making returns
  • Supervising repairs

And that’s not all. An assistant can also help you complete dream projects for any space in your home and property—whether you want to reorganize your patio or redecorate a spare room. By managing these projects so you no longer have to think about them, a personal assistant makes your life easier and more enjoyable.

[Related: Do Successful People Outsource? The Answer is Yes.]

Getting Started with a Pepper’s Personal Assistant

Pepper’s personal assistants are quick learners, able to work independently, and eager to bring you ideas for keeping your home tidy and organized. You don’t have to do everything yourself, and getting started with your new personal assistant is easier than you may think. 

We can have you up and running with your assistant in less than three hours with these five steps:

  • Step 1: Discovery call to discuss your needs and how a Pepper’s personal assistant can help (about 30 minutes)
  • Step 2: Deep-dive discussion about exactly what you want in an assistant, including your preferences, pet peeves, and must-haves (about 45 minutes)
  • Step 3: Onboarding forms for your hand-picked personal assistant (about 15 minutes)
  • Step 4: Initial kickoff and introduction call with your new assistant (45 minutes)
  • Step 5: First-day tour with your assistant (one hour, in person)

At Pepper’s, we’re committed to helping you save time and spend it how you want. Once your personal assistant begins work, you can expect a weekly 15-minute check-in to discuss progress and any new projects you need help completing. We take care of everything else, including your assistant’s payroll, employment taxes, and health benefits.

Add 21-Plus Hours Back into Your Week

Hiring a Pepper’s personal assistant for your home means you won’t have to worry about mundane household tasks again. You’ll also get those dream projects completed and have more control over your time. 

See how a Pepper’s personal assistant changed one busy woman’s life and home. Check out Chores and Beyond: A Case Study Exploring the Full Potential of What a Household Assistant Can Do for You.

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Stress-Free Travel

“One of the massive benefits of having a PA is during travel disruptions. When flights are delayed, the kids are upset, and you’re stuck in customs, coming home to a stocked fridge and a prepared meal eliminates the need for a late-night milk run. You don’t realize the stress these tasks add until you have someone to handle them for you.”


Deep Gratitude!

“The first week with Vincent has gone exceptionally well! I have no questions or concerns, only deep, deep gratitude for the difference he has already made.”



“My PA is incredible—an 11 out of 10—really thoughtful, thorough, intuitive. She is professional but friendly; she has just been great. A couple of times because of things going on with her calendar, Kandis has been flexible—coming 15 minutes later to drop the dog off at puppy play. She has been really great.”


Thoughtful and Detail-Oriented

“My PA is a thoughtful and discerning assistant. She pays attention to details in our home and makes great suggestions for how to improve and optimize our lives. We trust her judgment, and she communicates proactively and frequently. She is always on-site on time and patient with my unpredictable schedule. We communicate frequently, but she’s also very efficient in how we communicate. Great work!”


Super Happy!

“[I] really do think Kandis is setting the bar! Having a new person come into your house can go either way. [I’m] very grateful for the time and energy and people that Pepper’s has. It’s a big step; no suggestions around onboarding. [I’m] really happy that we were able to board Kandis quickly; super happy for the West Seattle support.”


Organizing Superhero

“My PA is really good at organizing; it’s one of her superpowers. Some of the simple reorganizing things that she has done have made a big impact. She organized all the cat stuff in the garage and took the initiative on her own. She’s bright and cheery—no moaning, whining. Very great.”


One of the Best Decisions I’ve Made

“I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how much I have appreciated working with all of the Pepper’s staff. My assistant is so generous and thoughtful — she brings value to every interaction. I can’t remember a time when I’ve hired anyone with such a professional and high standard of customer service. Working with you all has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a very long time!”


10/10 for Sure!

“Missa is a 10/10 for sure! She has been wonderful, and we check in regularly. I’m comfortable communicating with her about questions or requests, and she’s always been very responsive and also seems comfortable checking in if she has any questions for me. [The] biggest help remains pet care and household chores support, plus the help with one-off projects that come up. Missa has all kinds of skills she brings, (e.g., she’s currently putting together a ‘cat highway’ for the living room rafters).”


My Quality of Life Has Improved

“I used to spend every weekend and every evening doing chores and running errands. Now, I’m able to spend the time that I need to on my business, and then I get to enjoy my home and my life and the precious unstructured time that I have. The truth is, my quality of life has improved by having a Pepper’s household assistant here.”


Takes Initiative

“I want to mention what a fantastic personal assistant Billie is to me. We were on vacation last week, and she managed my household and vendors flawlessly. I even had her redecorate my office, and I gave her very little direction other than just to make it nice and functional, and, my goodness, did she ever! She takes initiative in my house in so many other ways but does not overstep or overspend. To strike that balance is really something unique and special. I feel really lucky to have her.”


I’m Blown Away

“[I’m] blown away by how much better the house looks already :)”


Kind, Caring, and Proactive

“My PA is a very caring person. I was incredibly ill last year, and my PA connected the dots that the washing machine had a lot of mold and thought the black specs on my clothes were from that. On her own time, my PA sent me an article about the impact of mold/washing machines. It was so kind of her.”


Goes Above and Beyond

“My PA has gone above and beyond. She’s organized my laundry room while keeping on top of laundry, which made it much easier to stay on top of stuff. She’s always ready to jump in and tackle items. It made this holiday season way less stressful.”