Then a whirlwind of dry-cleaning pickup, grocery shopping and house cleaning ensues. Do you spend those subsequent 48 hours of freedom trying to play catch-up with a lengthy list of responsibilities?
If so, Valerie Riley and her team at The Riley Group have an alternative.
A former personal assistant, she founded The Riley Group in 2007. For a fee, the Oklahoma City-based business gives people back their free time by completing their chores for them.
Members perform services in three basic areas: small business, organization and general errands.
“It’s basically an outsourced personal assistant concierge service,” said Riley. “If small businesses need personal assistant help … but [don’t] want to hire a full-time assistant, that’s where we come in.”
Kyle Golding hired the group earlier this year. He said he was impressed with the crew’s effectiveness and continues to use their services.
“Hiring The Riley Group has definitely freed up my time to concentrate on work,” said Golding, who runs a strategic planning business. “Every hour saved by not running errands, shopping or being away from my desk is utilized for business. I didn’t realize how much time I spent doing ‘small’ things until I let The Riley Group do it for me.”
The most popular service offered by the group is organization. Everyone, Riley said, wants more room in their closet or pantry, but sometimes, there is limited space or too much clutter in general.
“It’s hard to get people to understand that asking for help doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself,” she said. “It just means you would rather spend time with your family, your kids, get a manicure or whatever you want on your day off, rather than taking care of all these odds and ends.”
Since the firm’s inception, Riley and her associates have tackled some tough jobs, and some that are downright bizarre. The oddest assignment, she said, was when a client needed a full-sized coffin moved from a garage to a dump site, which they did successfully.
“When you become a client, our main philosophy is we just want to help you,” Riley said.
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