Kerry On – Personal Assistant and Project Manager

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Kerry On

25 years experience as a San Francisco professional organizer, project manager, and operations/logistics specialist.

Working with individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, homeowners, retirees and busy professionals.

Experience as a project manager, organizer, book editor, personal shopper, downsizing  moving specialist and Empty Nest Expert.

Experience in local site inspections and research; interfacing with specialists in Estate management as well as individuals, families, small companies and start-ups.

Specialties:

Extensive experience in home/office organizing, and project management; working with myriad clients including new parents, retirees/Seniors Planning a Move,  professionals and entrepreneurs to assist in making lives happier, cleaner, less cluttered and far more effective.

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Please contact: kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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Kerry On

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  • Free 30-minute consultation within 30 mile radius



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Top 10 Most Stressful Life Events? Kerry On

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The Top 10 Most Stressful Events in a Lifetime:

 1. Death / Illness
2. Debt
3. Divorce
4. Dismissal from Job
5. Relationship Breakup
6. Holidays
7. Moving – selling a house/ buying a house

8. Moving – Finding a new place to live: packing, planning, plotting, locating a reputable mover, getting three bids from reputable movers, arranging for cars to be moved cross-country, packing more, attending going away parties, downsizing, purging, donating, gifting, organizing, distributing, creating EBAY and Craigslist ads for multiple treasures and selling multiple treasures, delivering additional items to consignment store, more donations, doing one last garage sale, getting more boxes, packing, scheduling…

9. Moving Day
10. Un-packing Week

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About your ” To Do List”

The Honey-Do List.

Everyone has a To Do List.

Some call it a “Honey Do” list…

Some call it the TBA– “To Be Accomplished list”

Some call  it ‘Mere Drudgery’ or “What I gotta do”…

No matter what you call it, I can take those Herculean tasks off your shoulders and save you time.

Last week, a client wanted three very different prints, framed professionally. I went to the Mitre Box in Noe Valley where the work is done with great precision and the price is excellent. Next, he had a grocery list involving three different stores in/around San Francisco.

Next.

On his To Do List for me was a trip for the Consulate on Green Street to renew his Visa 

Careful planning and organization can make visa renewal of one- trip- event rather than two or three trips. Most Consulate websites generally give you a well-defined list of what to bring with you. The trick is to read that important list and comply with every detail, too.

Tip #1. : Go at 0900 when the consulate opens. Being first in line alleviates stress and ensures success in document processing.

Tip #2: Having a cashiers check Day Number One for the exact amount is another winning detail.

 NOTE: Parking on Green Street is a breeze first thing in the morning. Mind the hours: The Russian consulate only processes applications from 0900-12n

Tag! You’re it… AGAIN?

You may be tired of playing phone tag with your doctor, lawyer, hairdresser and candlestick maker- I am very good at telephone tag and follow-up phone calls and follow-up phone calls to follow up.

Let me save you the time – so you can carry on.

 

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What’s in your Closet? Ready for change?

Spring Cleaning…all year long!

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Daryl D.had been out of the dating scene for decades.

Bam! He said he woke up single with a closet full of schlumpy old man clothes. All the cool guys in the the condo complex were “way groovier.” He noticed and took notes and called for help.  He called a close mutual friend who who called me.

Organizing Closets can be very rewarding – based upon the client’s willingness to Update, purge, donate and toss.

We met for fifteen minutes before he had the courage to show me his closet.

We walked into his closet and I causally suggested a “radical purging”  and updating his wardrobe. Daryl D was most agreeable and easy to work with in the organizing process.

Five Hefty garbage bags were filled with ancient clothing and donations.

He agreed, the old, baby blue Samonsite luggage set had to go. We filled one with…

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Happy Easter



We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

Dwight L. Moody

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Tax Time Tips: New Shredder


Tax Time is Time to  Stop the Paper Chase…

Here the “The Best Shredder” of the season

Highly Touted: AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and

Credit Card Shredder

by AmazonBasics    Under $40

5000 reviews….

The Cross-cut paper shredder with 8-sheet capacity; AND! It destroys credit cards (one at a time)

  • Shreds paper into strips measuring 3/16″x 1-27/32″, meeting security level P3 standards
  • Three minute continuous run time with 30-minute cool down cycle with overheat LED indicator
  • Plus! 4.1 gallon bin with see-through window to easily determine when bin is full;

  • Integrated lifting handle for easy emptying; 

  • Backed by AmazonBasics 1-year Limited Warranty
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My Bible: Consumer’s Checkbook

When in Doubt: Check out Consumers’s CHECKBOOK

My Go To Resource for local services:

.A treasure trove of information

 

Consumers’ Checkbook is published by the Center for the Study of Services, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974. It has for more than 40 years been an innovator in providing information to help consumers make smarter choices.

 

Tried and true.

See Auto 280 On Ocean Avenue in San Francisco…

Whether it is a Knife Sharpener…Oil Change…or Shredding Company…

CC is my bible.

 

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My Top 5 “Best Customer Service”

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 If you are like me, Customer Service is of the utmost importance.

This month, I worked with Five Super/Stellar Suppliers who have very high standards and went beyond the call of duty. I am a fan.

My  Top Five Favorite Suppliers:

1.)  1-800-Got- Junk One of my favorite phone calls to make for a client. Whether the client is moving from their home of 50 years or 5 years- there is generally a lot of rubbish, litter, debris and junk to deal with. The 1-8oo-Got Junk Phone Team is so well-trained, patient and results oriented –  it is a pleasure to speak with them. There are no “Dumb or Inane Questions.” What there is are solutions and a team to come pick up said debris and whisk it way. Gold Stars for Customer Service.

2.)   Aby’s UpholsteryTwo different San Jose clients needed furniture re-upholstered. I looked at the usual suspects and was unimpressed.  Then, I  found Aby’s Upholstery. An owner/operator, Santa Clara University grad, she was smart, polite and professional on the phone.

She has a ton of Five-Star Yelp reviews – for very good reason.IMG_3145

  • We met with her, selected the fabric and were “wowed” by her insights and ideas. Her team is quick, gracious and helpful.  Both clients were ‘over the moon’ impressed.  “A locally owned retailer providing residential, commercial & automotive upholstery & repair services”  1610 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 289-88872
  • drawers200601093.) Fresh Air Janitorial – Serving San Francisco Bay Area -Alicia and her team cleaned a vast home which was recently sold. My clients wanted their home to be impeccable for the new owners. As a result of Fresh Air Janitorial – the house sparkles! I have never seen such attention to detail. They are high level cleaning professionals. As a rule, I seek out top of the line suppliers for my clients. Alicia is on my Top 5 List. Great rates. (650) 355-5158
  • unnamed4.)  Mulugani Tires in Mill Valley Clients have me take cars in for service / new tires and I never hesitate to suggest Mulugani Tires in Marin. A family-owned business and has been around for 68 years; the staff is polite, calm, friendly and professional. It is the polar opposite ever other tire center I have ever visited. Promotions and discounts and superb service.
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    • 5.)  Auto 280 – 1315 Ocean Ave, San Francisco (415) 333-8622: Volvos Only          I have been a huge fan of Gary and Auto 280 for decades. He is very smart, cordial, and cost effective. He has been in business for over 30+ years and is the best Volvo Specialist there is. He is also a great guy.lifesaver-933560__

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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What to wear to your Colonoscopy

What to wear…how to prepare…

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What to Wear to Your Colonoscopy

When you hit 50, you may be asked to join the  “You Need a Colonoscopy Club.”

It happens.

Everybody talks about the horrific “Prep” and nobody talks about the appropriate attire for this Big Event. Here is everything you need to know.

The All You Can Eat Buffet

 Fact: The day before the Big Event all you can ‘eat’ – is clear liquids.

Hot mugs of Swanson’s chicken broth with a squirt of fresh lemon juice is considered a great meal; several servings of Jell-O can be considered mini-meals (no red cherry flavor.) Pure ice Popsicles are a great little snack- (do not buy fruit filled popsicles.)

Drink: Lots of tea, lots of 7Up, ginger ale, and Gatorade. Hydrate yourself before, during and after the event. Have another cup of tea…a tall warm glass of 7Up. Perhaps another scoop of yummy Jell-O.

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Beware Red Flags in any situation: client or suppliers

A mutual friend told the world famous author about my services as a Personal Assistant.       I’d read her best-selling book years before and met the author at an event, awhile ago.  I have a handful of clients who keep me very busy and who I enjoy working with enormously.  As a courtesy, I took the interview.


We exchange two emails – I suggested she look at my website and we made an appointment to meet.

Naturally, I Googled her address and found that she lived in one of the more exclusive areas of the Peninsula. I drove up  the long driveway and parked.

When I arrived, three housekeepers were busy in the kitchen and the  “temporary personal assistant” met me at the door. The mansion was quite spectacular with a pool, massive garden and a “Painter’s Cabin.”
The author, an elderly woman with a shock of white hair, with elegant demeanor and stunning jewelry, met me in the dining room.

After small talk she launched into a long list of her successes: Companies, organizations, speaking  performances, and best-selling books.
During the course of the conversation, I learned she had hired a handful of young women, who were all MBA’s,  yet she “had to let them go.”

She mentioned needing a driver for meetings in the City at a prominent hospital.  She indicated night driving was not for her and I suggested an Uber driver might be a cost-effective and easy solution for her challenge.  She thought that was a great idea.

When I asked her what her top five most important challenges were – trying to ascertain how I could best serve her- she wasn’t quite certain.

With so many balls in the air and so many commitments she was somewhat disorganized.

Then the time came to talk money.

At one point, she indicated that she had read my blog and commented on my “impressive blog” and the myriad services and talents I offer. She said she knew of many my successes and was impressed with my track record and my accomplishments.

She then mentioned that my fee would be an indication if we could work together. I quoted my hourly rate and indicated my two-hour minimum.


Crickets


Dead silence       
I didn’t say a word.      And then she said “My, that’s a lot.”

And this is where it got ugly.

She said, “I can’t even pay some of my employees and they have to pay rent and buy groceries.”

Really?
I could hear the red flags unfurling and then whipping in the wind
Again, I remained quiet.
I waited for her to continue. Mind you I just heard this woman who sold over four million books, who received honorariums everywhere, had two homes in glamorous locations and  had gone through employees like Kleenex.

 

Finally, I offered if she would like to work with me in one project, to see how successful we were together.

She said she would think about it.
In my heart of hearts I knew this wasn’t a match.   
We both said a gracious goodbye and thanked each other for the time spent.

And I thought, “I just dodged a bullet”

I’ve heard through the grapevine that this woman was difficult with a volatile temper.  I thought I would dismiss gossip and form my own opinion.

The take away?  If you see the mere corner of the red flag getting ready to wave, take heed,  if you hear in consistencies in someone’s presentation regarding their lifestyle take heed, and when in doubt: get the heck out.

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.

J. K. Rowling

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Kerry On Gift Certificates: Happy Holidays



Give someone you love

The Gift of Time

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Tis the Season!   And I am helping clients with shopping, wrapping, mailing, delivery and decorations.

Send me an email at: kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

and we can discuss your

Holiday To-Do List.

I am happy to help.

kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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