Updated: Apr 18
In today's busy world, people are increasingly looking for ways to save time and simplify their lives, especially families juggling work and kids. If you add aging parents into the mix among those in the “sandwich generation” with both small kids and elderly parents to care for, the stress levels skyrocket even further. Even the division of responsibilities at home has passed arguing over money as the number one conflict among married couples.
One solution busy families are increasingly turning to is hiring a personal assistant to help with their personal tasks such as keeping up with their kids’ activities, meal planning, shopping, scheduling appointments, and making reservations just to name a few. Here’s a whole list of tasks that Sherah does for its members, but it doesn’t stop there.
Sherah provides these types of services to help lower members’ stress and give them back time for more important things in life. We provide personal assistance to individuals and families by helping them both virtually and in person. Our team of personal assistants divides the tasks and completes them quickly and efficiently while members can focus more at work and be present more at home. But how much does that cost and is it worth it?
In Sherah’s experience, the cost of feeling better isn’t as high as most people think. We find that the average member spends about $3,300 per year in total or about $275 per month on average to feel relief. Whereas people often think they may have to spend as much as $10,000 or even up to $35,000 for a full salary to get the help they need. But in our experience, the average family feels much better for less than they think.
Crunching the numbers
When you break down the costs, the $3,300 figure makes sense. Sherah charges a monthly fee of $100, which adds up to $1,200 per year for the membership fee. In addition to the fee, members then pay $1 per minute for the time it takes Sherah assistants to complete tasks on their behalf. This means that if a task takes 30 minutes, it costs $30.
Over the course of a year, the $100 monthly fee and the per-minute charges add up to an average of $3,300 per member. This breaks down to about $275 per month on average.
It’s important to note however that the costs do tend to be higher in the first three months as members begin the service and have a backlog of tasks that need to be completed. The first three months tend to cost closer to $350 to $500 per month as our team knocks out sometimes years of tasks in the first weeks and months for a family.
Then after this initial period, the volume of tasks and thus associated costs typically trickle off as members settle into a maintenance mode. The later months tend to be as low as $150 to $200 per month with some small peaks during busier seasons like family birthdays and holidays.
Obviously some families do end up needing more and less than the $3,300 per year which is why we created several options for membership plans.
The keys to productivity and efficiency
Another advantage of using Sherah's personal assistant services is that tasks are often completed more quickly than if the member were to do them by themselves. This is because Sherah's assistants are often moms running their own families and households, so they’ve completed these tasks for their families for years.
Plus thanks to Sherah’s list and relationships with preferred vendors in the local market, the assistants know exactly who to call and how to get things done efficiently. They are also highly focused on completing tasks in a timely manner, as this is their main priority. In contrast, members may get sidetracked or distracted when trying to complete tasks which can slow down the process. How many times have we all sat on a work Zoom call pretending to pay attention while multitasking and creating our Instacart order, responding to school emails, and signing the kids up for baseball?
By outsourcing tasks to Sherah, members can rest assured that their tasks will be completed quickly and efficiently, allowing them to stay focused on more important things.
Is it worth it?
Despite the increased costs to a family’s budget, Sherah members repeatedly tell us that “it’s worth every penny.” Many members report feeling lighter, less stressed, happier, more focused, and less anxious. One woman executive said she was able to go after a promotion that she would never have gone after without Sherah. Other couples have told us (jokingly of course) that we saved their marriage!
By outsourcing time-consuming tasks to Sherah, members are able to focus on the things that matter most to them, whether that's spending more time with family, pursuing their careers, or simply enjoying their free time.
One of the advantages of using Sherah is its flexibility. Members can use the service as much or as little as they need, depending on their needs and budget. Some members may use Sherah for just a few tasks each month and like having us in their back pocket for peace of mind when life gets crazy. Others rely on us for a wide range of tasks consistently every month. Plus you can pick a pricing plan that’s best for you.
We’re here to help however that looks for you and your family. You don’t have to do it all alone. As we say at Sherah, get ready to rise up, don’t give up. We’ve got you and we’d be honored to help.