HOW TO MAN­AGE YOUR BOSS

Think you might end up stuck in that cof­fee-mak­ing, dry-clean­ing-col­lect­ing, 24/7phone-call-an­swer­ing cy­cle for­ever? Al­low us to help

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BUILD A LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

“I’ve built up my own sup­port sys­tem, and am noth­ing with­out my black book,” says Donna Coulling, free­lance PA to He­lena Bon­ham Carter and Rachel Weisz. Her go-to web­sites in­clude Mis­sjonespa.com (a source of con­tacts, ser­vices and in­spi­ra­tion for busi­ness peo­ple), No­ton­the­high­street.com for quirky gifts and, of course, Ama­zon Prime for, well, pretty much every­thing else.“I see my job as a re­search project. I find out as many things as pos­si­ble in ad­vance, so that when my clients want some­thing, I can an­swer quickly,” says Coulling. She rec­om­mends keep­ing the num­bers of ev­ery­one from plumbers to painters, who are en­dorsed by friends (never Google), and swap­ping tips on fo­rums spe­cific to your in­dus­try.

➤TAKE NOTE Sub­scribe to niche pub­li­ca­tions (WHSmith list hun­dreds of trade ti­tles on their web­site which you can reap the ben­e­fits of – The HR

Direc­tor or Mu­sic Teacher, any­one?) or news­let­ters within your in­dus­try. Want to ex­pand your work so­cial circle too? At­tend talks and net­work with like-minded oth­ers af­ter­wards (pledge to your­self you’ll chat to at

least three peo­ple, an eas­ily doable num­ber). Set up Google alerts for spe­cific things you want to stay in the know about, too. God, you’re good.

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