As you have hopefully seen our “Meet Nanny” series,we wanted to you to get to know our NannyFusion members too! Through many of our networking experiences the development team has had the privilege of working with many of ourNannyFusion members. We wanted to share more about them with your our readers. Professional networking is a vital part of the nanny industry, we hope that this will help strengthen your professional networking with our NannyFusion members. Today we share with you some fun information about Kathy Webb of HomeWork Solutions. Kathy has been a stronger supporter of the nanny industry for over 18 years. She supports the industry locally and nationally.
Company Name: HomeWork Solutions Inc.
Contact: Kathleen Webb/Gretchen Leonard
Facebook/Twitter http://www.facebook/4nannytaxesFB Twitter: @4nannytaxes
Years in business? 18
What does your company do? Provide payroll and payroll tax services to household employers, offer pre-employment screening and eVerify verifications
Member of what organizations? BBB, INA, APNA, DEMA, other? INA, APNA, DEMA
Tell us a little bit about how you got into this business? HWS was founded in 1993 in response to the failed appointments of several Clinton cabinet nominees due to non-compliance with the “nanny taxes.” We are dedicated to helping families simplify the compliance process – and offer 3 service levels to accommodate varying support requirements.
What is one of your favorite memories since you have been in business? We have been thrilled by the opportunities via conference to meet amazing nannies and dedicated nanny referral professionals and are delighted by the continuing maturation of the industry in the areas of standards and professionalism.
What is the number one mistake nannies make when interviewing? Many nannies do not perceive themselves as equal participants in the interview process, and fail to gather necessary information about the job – especially in the areas of pay, benefits and payroll taxes – that they later regret overlooking.
What advice would you give to someone considering opening a nanny placement service? Do your homework and put together a business framework that supports both families and nannies. Be aware of the legal realities of the placement industry, develop alliances with support services, especially in the areas of payroll taxes and background checking.
What changes would you like to see in the nanny industry? Nanny Certification!
What is the most important piece of advice you can share with our readers? Work with other professionals who are committed to positive outcomes for both families and nannies. This should not be an adversarial relationship.
What was your first job? Aside from entry level high school/college jobs, my first professional position was as a direct marketing supervisor for a mail order company (before the internet!)
When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy? Cooking, reading, spending time with my family.
How do you give back in your community? personal or professional I spent years as a Girl Scout leader and religious education volunteer. More recently my community support is in the areas of breast cancer awareness/fund raising and supporting our local food bank.
After you retire, what would you like to be doing? Good question! I see myself transitioning from full time to part time, contract work, most probably in internet marketing/website SEO.
Tell us a fun fact about you. I know how to change the oil in my car, change a flat tire, and jump a battery – and have done all of the above even within the last several years.
What’s your favorite book that you’ve ever read? Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series (book 8 hurry up!)
Where would you take your dream vacation? Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand – no less than a full month!
If you didn’t have your current business, what would you be doing? Flipping houses? Only there is no money in that any more L