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
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.