How to make the perfect home assistant: 10 tips

It is an age-old question: “What’s the worst that could happen?”

If your business or project is in danger of being shut down or being closed for the rest of your life, then the answer may well be the staff that you are hiring for.

If you’re hiring for an assistant to help you with the daily tasks of your day, then this can be a great opportunity to get your business back on track.

For the job you’ve chosen, here are some tips to help make the most of the opportunity.


Consider your niche.

A small, niche, or niche-based job may not be a bad fit for your business.

For instance, if you’re an electrician and the company needs a helper to help them run their electrical system, then a small electrician might be the perfect person for the job.

But if you need a professional home care assistant who can do more than just run the home, then you’ll want to find someone who’s a bit more specialist in that area.


Choose a company that’s known for its quality.

Finding a good fit can be tough, but there are some good ways to make sure your next assistant is able to do the job that you need them to do well.

If you’re looking for a home care service that is reputable, then look for an organisation that’s not only based in Australia, but has a long history of being a reliable provider of home care services in the community.


Don’t hire from an established agency.

In order to find the best person for your home care business, it’s important to look beyond the typical agency and to take into account the individual and family needs of your business, said Lisa Pritchard from A Better Home Care Association (ABHA).

“We’re trying to work with our industry and look for those who have a good track record in that industry,” she said.

“The reason for that is because we know there’s a lot of potential in the home care industry and so we want to be able to help as many people as possible.”


Know what your business needs.

When you’re trying out a new home care job, it may be easier to hire someone who already has a proven track record, rather than one who may have a relatively low skill set.

For example, if your business has a range of clients, then finding someone with a similar skill set may be the best option.

There are also a few other factors that can help you decide which person is right for the role.


Look at the job posting.

After you’ve narrowed down the options, it might be best to consider hiring someone who is already qualified, who is not a long-term project, or who may not have any experience with the job they’re applying for.

But there are a few things to keep in mind.


Be sure that the company has the right type of work environment.

The workplace needs to be respectful of people’s boundaries, Pritcher said.

“If it’s not, it won’t be the right fit for you.”


Make sure your role is flexible.

You may not need to work from home to get the best home care results.

If there are any special needs or specific areas of your job that need to be filled, then make sure you can fit in other people in other positions.


Consider if there are vacancies.

Once you’ve determined the best fit for the position, it is important to make a list of the vacancies available to fill, said Pritchers.

So if you do find a suitable candidate for the part of your home assistant role, and the person you’re working with is someone who has already completed their apprenticeship or has already been working at your business for a while, then there’s no need to worry.


Make the right choice.

It’s important not to overlook the fact that home care assistants are also job candidates.

“There are a lot more job vacancies that could be filled,” said Pries.

“It’s a really good opportunity to have someone who can work with the team for a long time and be able contribute to the work they do.”

You can find more advice and resources about home care in our home care and employment section.

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