Friday, November 21, 2014

Live-in vs. Live-out Help: Which is the Better Option For You?

When working full time, your hired help will add to your support structure, relieving you of some of the weight of everyday responsibilities that come with running a household and taking care of children. An important question to consider is whether you prefer live-in or live-out help, and agencies such as Household Staffing can help you determine these needs. Here are some things to think about when weighing those options:

Live-in Help One thing you should keep in mind when hiring live-in help is that you should clearly define pay and hours right off the bat. You shouldn't think of your nanny or housekeeper as being “on call” at all hours of the day, and you should discuss overtime pay in the event they exceed their hours. Just like you, they should have their off time and daily breaks. Remember—giving a housekeeper a bedroom does not mean you can pay them less in exchange for living arrangements. Will you provide them with a car for work purposes—or at the very least, reimbursement for gas money? You want to keep in mind that while your help is there to support you, they are not there to serve you.

Live-out Help Live-out help is another legitimate option that might work better for your family. Once your help is off the clock, they leave your house. The lines are more clearly defined and there is less room for confusion between employer and employee. You want to foster a good relationship with the person who will be working in your home. If they are happy, they are more likely to do a better job! 

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  1. I would go with live out help for sure. I think if you keep a live in maid, there will to many clashes and you will become aggressive towards each other. space is necessary

  2. I would definitely go for live-out help,because Hiring a live-in maid is a bit more complex than hiring a housekeeper , since the person you hire will be living with you and must be incorporated into your family life and that will cause alot of problems