Have you ever wondered how cool and potentially life changing it would be to have your very own entourage? Just like the celebs have…
Over the past couple of months I have been slowly building my very own entourage, a team of people that make my life easier, happier and more productive. But here is the best part… it is nowhere near as expensive as you may think.
Today I am going to share the details of my entourage, including the costs and benefits, and who knows, this time next week, you could live the celebrity lifestyle as well.
Entourage Member #1: The Cleaner
The cleaner is not exactly the most glamourour of positions in my entourage, but it is one of the most useful.
I have a cleaner that comes to my home twice per week for one hour, and ensures the place is spotless (oh, and even does my ironing).
As well as saving me a lot of stress, it saves me approx 4 hours cleaning per week, as I am much slower than she is. I pay $13 per hour, and frankly, I live in an expensive area, so you should be able to get one for $10 or less generally.
Weekly Cost: $26
Time Saved: 4 hours
Entourage Member #2: The PA/Secretary/Assistant
I recently hired someone to help me organise my life. Specifically, all accounting and paperwork aspects.
I am notoriously un-organised and messy, so she comes round once per week and collects invoices, receipts, mail, prepares my accounts, pays my bills and organises my contacts.
I can’t even begin to tell you the stress and worry this saves me, and that frees up my mind to get on with being creative.
What’s more, it saves me at least 2 hours per week on average.
Weekly Cost: $16
Time Saved: 2 hours
Entourage Member #3: The Hypnotist
I may go into more detail about my hypnotist and what he does for me (if anyone is interested leave a comment), but essentially, I have seen him twice, with the aim of becoming more comfortable in public speaking.
I only really need to see him twice per year, but I will probably do 4 times per year this year.
The hypnotist doesn’t save me any time, but he opens up new doors and possibilities, things that could transform my life for ever.
Weekly Cost (based on 4 sessions per year at approx $75 per session): $5.76 per week
Time Saved: Zero
Life enhancement value: Potentially huge
Entourage Member #4: The Gym Trainer
I joined a local golf course, and as part of my payment, I got free access to the gym and other facilities. Part of this includes a session with a qualified trainer, and he/she will also spend time with you weekly to make sure your program is right for you, to motivate you, and to ensure you are using the equipment correctly.
I must stress this is NOT a personal trainer, but for me, it is everything I need to get into shape this winter.
It doesn’t save me any time, in fact, it uses 5 hours of my time per week, but, it keeps me mentally and physically sharp, improves my body and health, and it could add years to my lifespan.
Time Saved: Minus 5 hours
Weekly Cost: Technically it is free, but for the sake of fairness I will put the cost without golf = $10 per week
Entourage Member #5,6,7,8,9,10….: Lifestyle Management Team
When my bank heard that I was earning xxxxxxx per year, they told me about a premier service that they do for their “high-end” clients.
As well as VIP access to all airports, VIP tickets to major events, and tons of other stuff, it included my very own lifestyle management team.
This meant that I could call my UK based team and get them to plan and research my train journeys, or find me the best price for car insurance, or book me a hotel in LA, or find me a cleaner in my area who is insured and highly rated.
Basically, they can do pretty much anything to save me time, and I have already successfully used them numerous times.
I did once call them up at 1am when I was drunk with friends, and ask if they could get alcohol sent to my house, which the lady at the other end politely replied “sorry, sir, we cannot provide that service at the moment”.
I was very embarrassed the following day.
Time Saved: Approx one hour per week
Weekly Cost: Nothing
So there we have it. My very own entourage. I must stress that I also have people online who help me, but I wanted to focus solely on people in the offline world. I also haven’t bothered to include dentists, hair dressers etc… as they are standard practice.
I appreciate that not everyone can afford to do this, but it actually is not as expensive as you may think.
Total cost = $57.76 per week. Which is approx $230 per month.
What’s more, on the first day, my PA discovered a council tax ruling that said I could get a 25% discount. This saved me $50 per month, thus bringing the total down to $180 per month.
Also, excluding the time spent at the gym, which I see as essential, I save an average of 7 hours per week due to my entourage. Now, even if I valued my time at $50 per hour (it is vastly higher), that would be worth $350 per week, or $1,400 per month.
So if I use even a fraction of that free time correctly, I should come out well in profit from this.
Oh, and I am much more happy and stress free as well.
So there we have it, proof that you can create your very own celebrity-esque entourage in 2008 for a fraction of the investment that you would expect.
Question of the week: Having read this, would you now consider building your very own entourage?