Sharry Veil opened Allow Me Frederick as a personal assistant concierge service in Frederick County. She recently spoke with The News-Post about why she opened the business and the services she offers.

You offer a personal assistant concierge service. Tell me more.

What I do is I give people the opportunity to have more fun in their lives. I do all their errands that they don’t want to do, like going to the food store, taking care of their cars, running to the post office — all different types of things that people don’t have the time to do.

Who is your typical client?

I have two different types of clients. I have the elder adults who really don’t drive. I can’t transport them because I don’t have a commercial license for my car, but what I can do is run errands for them. Then there’s the young professionals who are just very busy. It gives them the time on the weekend to spend with their friends and family and enjoy the peace and tranquility of life.

How much is your service?

It’s $20 an hour.

How did you come up with the idea for this business?

When I first moved to Frederick three years ago, my friend owned a bed-and-breakfast and was very busy. I was pretty much retired, and she would ask me to go to the store and to run all of these different types of errands. I decided that I could get paid to do that for people and make them happy.

What are some of the popular tasks your clients ask you to do?

Going to the store, going to take cars in to be repaired, baby-sitting, going to the dry cleaners and going to the pharmacy.

What do you like about running this business?

I make people happy. It’s for my soul. It’s great.

Follow CJ Fairfield on Twitter: @FairfieldCj.

(3) comments

annekelly

This sounds like a wonderful and needed service Sharry! Good luck to you! (do you have a website or LinkedIn page we can follow?)

public-redux

You might find someone a bit less expensive on Task Rabbit.

sue1955

public: TaskRabbit's website does not give Frederick as a city where they serve. I looked just out of curiosity. And, just because a company states that they serve Washington, D.C. and/or Baltimore, that doesn't mean that they will come to those areas. For example, I looked into grocery delivery when my mother was still alive and living in her house. Places went to the next nearest towns, but not to hers. This lady in Frederick sounds good. $20.00 is not unreasonable per hour. I give a lot more to family for things that I need. And, for someone who is taking on grocery shopping, they have to be willing to get you products that are the freshest and not just grab things without analyzing what you are looking for (like most people who just want to get in and out). I know that I'm being probably too detailed, but you want what you want. Nobody else is in your head, so to speak, to judge the brands you want, make snap decisions, etc. You have to teach them and they learn. Also, keep in mind that those who do things for you are spending money on gas, increased mileage on their vehicle, and their time as well as a kind, professional attitude. Just a caution to customers: do not give your bank account cards (i.e., bank account debit cards) to anybody "on the outside" who is going out spending your money. Use credit cards. And, check your account(s), receipts and balance your account(s). Don't wait until you receive a statement(s). I experienced an issue last year where an employee at one of those senior help companies put additional charges on one of my credit cards (that was used at the grocery store). I noticed that the person spent an inordinate time at the grocery store (about three hours). So, be careful. Once you find a person who is trustworthy and competent, hang on to them and treat them well. They are wonderful people.

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