|Movie: Shall We Dance Serving Ginger Rogers in Bed (1937)|
LEND ME A STYLIST Some women associate the career as a ladies maid as a put down, but when you consider that salaries for such service can escalate way up to $60,000 a year and better, it’s worth considering. Of course, if you are too pretty for the job you may not get hired, so it would be wise to downplay your attractiveness, cause your lady boss may consider you competition for her husband. Training may also require some time and investment but it may be worth investigating at the Society of Staffing or check out The Butler Did It, Inc. for starters to a new profession, which often comes with some perks. Better yet to give yourself the finest of training head for England where professional training is at its peak to meet society’s demands.
PERKS OF THE PROFESSION If a client is wealthy the extra perks that come with a domestic service might mean performing the same service elsewhere; like a swanky apartment in New York or Paris, and in summer or at winter break go along to the beach or country house or accompany the same client on exotic vacations. You may have to wear a uniform that would save on your clothing budget, but then again maybe not. Just look at the maid in the image above she is wearing an exotic form fitting dress, but of course that is a Hollywood version of a maid's attire. Some women don’t want a live-in domestic but prefer hiring on occasion a fashion stylist to put their image together for career or social events. No doubt, a well-trained lady’s maid can help you make the right appearance, but it is a pricey indulgence that most working women cannot afford. Celebrities often hire an all-in-one person called a personal assistant, who performs a myriad of jobs and these careers also pay extremely well. However, I’ve read that some of those celebs can be pretty demanding so take caution before you leap into this profession.
REQUIREMENTS ARE HIGH You may not be working for the English royals in a countryside estate or great palace but the surroundings of a posh apartment or mansion can be just as demanding. For one thing, most clients want staffers to be well-educated, fluent in at least one language, well-traveled with a valid passport and able to drive them about if necessary. Consider the consequences of the job as lady’s maid. Your role as staffer means that you have to cater to the client and what’s more drop everything at the client’s request to even arrange for the complete contents of a dinner party. If that be the case just be sure that additional services are woven into your contract. Yes, don’t forget to spell everything out that is expected of you for that great salary.
THE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF: ARE YOU CUT OUT OF THE CLOTH OF SENSIBILITY TO WORK AS A LADY’S MAID? IT MAY NOT BE A LIFE LONG CAREER BUT JUST THINK OF THE ADVANTAGES. IF YOU ARE A FULL TIME STAFFER YOU CAN SAVE MOST OF YOUR SALARY WHILE YOU ENJOY FREE RENT AND MEALS AS ANOTHER VALUE PERK OF YOUR CHOSEN CAREER. BONNE CHANCE!!! PS I have been told that it would help if you spoke French as well.