Tension between your partner and parents? Here’s a handy guide to resolve those issues before Christmas

With Christmas approaching, we noticed an increase in requests for counsellors on our site. When we investigated, we realised that the increase was mostly due to the fact that partners and in-laws were seeking counselling together to resolve their differences.

Due to this, we decided to work with counsellors on the site to create a guide on how to relieve the tension between partners and their in-laws.

Try to understand the other person’s perspective and respect it

Thinking about a situation from other person’s point of view can be a tricky thing to do, but crucial. In a stressful situation, you need to distance yourself and consider how you would feel in the other person’s shoes. That way, you’ll be able to empathise with them more and be able to resolve the situation.

Find something to bond over

Finding something your partner and parents both like might be difficult, but it gives them a topic to talk about. It could be grandkids, football, a hobby – anything! This demonstrates to them that they have something in common and can discuss something at length. Once they find a topic they have in common, they may find more and build a better relationship.

Concentrate on something else

By focusing on an activity, it diverts their attention to something else and not the uncomfortable situation they may be in. They could watch a film or play a board game, anything that will distract them. It also allows them to relax and have fun in each other’s company.

Be flexible

Your partner and parents need to learn to be more flexible around each other. This also means compromising with each other on different situations. It takes a lot of patience on both sides, but it’s something that will greatly help ease the tension and lighten the atmosphere.

If you feel an argument brewing, walk away

If you, your partner or your parents begin to feel an argument is about to happen, excuse yourself and leave the situation. During an argument, things can be said in the heat of the moment that cannot be taken back. It’s best to leave the situation and discuss it at another time when everyone is calmer.

Try to forgive and forget

It’s a difficult thing to do but trying to forgive and forget is crucial to improving relationships. There may be something that happened years ago that caused the rift and because no-one has wanted to forget about it, no-one’s moved on. Try to confront the problem, explain why it was an issue and then set out to resolve it.

Set healthy boundaries and don’t be afraid to enforce them

An issue that may be arising is the lack of boundaries parents have when at your house. To prevent this, you need to clearly tell them what you and your partner are and are not comfortable with and they need to respect that.

Focus on the positives

Everyone has their good points and it’s important to focus on those rather than the bad. While it’s not always easy, the effort you put into focusing on the good things will give you a more positive view, which will, therefore, improve your relationship.

Have realistic expectations of people

No-one’s perfect and people do get on one another’s nerves. It’s important not to have unrealistic expectations of others and accept they have flaws (and that you do too!).

Talk about the issues in a safe environment

There is most likely a root cause to much of the conflict between partners and in-laws and it’s important to be able to discuss this reason in a safe environment where everyone can talk freely. With the conflict out in the open, it gives everyone a chance to address it and try to resolve it.

We also have dedicated family counsellors on site, if this is something you feel you need: https://www.bark.com/en/gb/services/family-counselling/

Shop owner posts request for professional thief to ‘rob’ store – can you help?

Letting someone deliberately steal things from you might seem like a strange decision, but for one desperate store owner, this request could save thousands of pounds.

An owner of an independent store in Greater London has posted a ‘Bark’ looking for a ‘professional thief’ to rob her store in an effort to test her security systems and the diligence of her staff.

While this isn’t a service we normally provide, we’re hoping that one of our security professionals will be able to help her out.

She has asked to remain anonymous, however she has agreed to let us make the Bark public to help find the right person for the job. Here is the request in full:

I’m looking for a professional to help highlight security weaknesses in my store, by deliberately stealing from it.

I’ve been a business owner since I opened my retail shop in 2013, and have experienced extensive theft every year in the run-up to Christmas for the last five years.

Like clockwork, from the start of November, the shop gets busier and it becomes harder to monitor everyone who comes through the door. Thieves swipe items from our shelves and I’m losing thousands of pounds every year and, as a small business owner, I can’t afford to let this slide.

I’m thinking that I need to re-evaluate how my shop is designed, and where I have CCTV cameras, because currently we’re unable to catch any thieves in the act. To help I’m looking to hire someone to come in and try to steal from my shop deliberately, and then feedback where we’re going wrong on the security front.

I would like to hire someone as soon as possible to carry out the mock ‘theft’, and am willing to pay up to £50 an hour for the right person. As an added bonus, whoever is chosen will be able to keep 3 items they successfully steal without being caught.

I’ll need you to come in beforehand and visit the shop on different dates/times over several weeks. After the ‘thefts’ I’ll also need a detailed report of how they were carried out, whether you were approached or questioned by any members of staff, any blind spots in the CCTV coverage and any other security weaknesses.

Obviously, I don’t want anyone with a criminal record having this kind of access to my store, so a full background check will be conducted. Experience in a security profession is also required.

It’s an odd request, but I’m determined to find weaknesses that I may not have spotted before. If you can help or think you can help me improve the security of my store, please let me know.

Thanks.

Do you think you can help this shop owner out? If you answered yes, then sign up here: https://www.bark.com/en/gb/sellers/create/

Here’s what our co-founder, Kai Feller had to say:

“Retail theft can have a devastating impact on small businesses, costing retailers more than £700 million in 2017. Increased footfall during the festive shopping period often leads to a spike in thefts. So, when you consider that this store owner is losing thousands of pounds every year due to Christmas thefts, it’s not surprising that she is taking this step to find out how she can improve the security of her store.

“While we do have a variety of security professionals already on our site, professional robbery isn’t a service we actively offer. However, we hope that someone with the right skills and know-how is willing to help this store owner better secure her shop. Who knows, if we have a significant number of applications perhaps this can become a permanent service on Bark.com!”

Spending too much time on your phone? We will give you free counselling to help you curb the addiction

A new feature on the latest iOS version update has been causing a bit of a stir, and for good reason. The Screen Time Addition lets you see a report of how much time you spend on your phone each day, and each week, with many people amazed at just how often they use their phone and social media in particular.

The Screen Time Addition offers some interesting insight into how we behave and interact with our phones, so we decided to survey 2,000 iPhone users to find out how often the ‘average’ person goes on their mobile and what apps they use the most.  

According to the results, people spend an average of 2 hours and 36 minutes on devices per day, with more than a quarter, 27%, admitting that they use their phone for more than 4 hours each day. 7% of respondents admitted that they used their phone for more than six hours a day, as per their reported data.

The average iPhone user picks their phone up 92 times per day. A fifth, 19%, said they picked their phone up more than 200 times a day. At the higher end of the spectrum, one in 20, 6%, said that their report highlighted more than 300 pickups per day on average.

Social networking accounts for more than half of the average iPhone user’s time on their device, according to the survey, with apps that fall under the banner of ‘entertainment’ accounting for a tenth of time, on average.

The most startling result to come out of the survey is that more than four fifths of respondents, 84%, said they were concerned that they’re addicted to their phones.

To help people concerned with their usage, we’ve worked with some of our  counsellors to put together a few pieces of advice on how to spend less time on your phone. For those who spend more than 6 hours on their phone a day, and can prove it with a screenshot, we’re willing to offer one free 1 to 1 counselling session to help you put down your handset.

5 ways to reduce your Screen Time

Ignore your phone when you’re out

When you’re out with friends, put your phone away and focus on what you’re doing with them. Turn it off or if you’re not comfortable with that, put it on airplane mode so you’re not tempted to scroll on social media or answer messages. This allows you to spend more quality time with your friends and if you continue to do this, it will become second nature not to use it when in their company. You may even find that you have a more enjoyable time as well.

Remove non-essential apps 

With iPhones, you can see which apps you use the most and the ones you don’t. Delete the non-essential social media apps from your phone and only spend time on them when you’re at a desktop, for example Facebook. You’ll find your time on them plummets, but if you miss it, it’s easy to reinstall. 

Don’t have your phone at the table when you’re eating 

It’s easy to put your phone on the kitchen table while you’re eating, and use it absentmindedly. However, giving yourself a rule of ‘no phones at the table’ can keep you away from your phone for half an hour or so. This also allows you to communicate and engage with family members, housemates and partners better, strengthening these friendships/relationships.

Put your phone away when at work

If you don’t need your phone for work, why not turn it off? This means you have 8 hours roughly away from your phone and can focus on your work more, you might even find your productivity improves because you’re less distracted.

Don’t take your phone to bed

Phones are now our main means of waking up, so it is impractical to turn it off at night, however if you are part of the minority that still owns an alarm clock, then switch it off or put it on charge in another room, so it’s out of sight and out of mind. It’s also a good idea to set an alarm about an hour before you usually go to bed, to remind you to either turn it off or put it on airplane mode. This gives you a chance to wind down before bed, without stimulating your mind with social media or other apps, and can lead to better quality sleep.

Screen Time Counselling 

If you are concerned about the amount of time you’re spending on your phone and can demonstrate high usage of 6 hours a day or more, you can apply for a free counselling session here.

You must be 18 years old or older, and be able to provide a screengrab of your usage data from Screen Time, such as amount of time spent on your phone, number of pickups and most-used apps. If you qualify, you will be paired with a counsellor in your local area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Businesses you should start in 2019

We’re in a fortunate position where we have access to more than 400,000 small businesses across the UK, and can interrogate data to get insight into which sectors are in need of more professionals, and which are oversaturated.

This information is invaluable to entrepreneurs and people who are thinking about starting a business in 2019. So, we decided to analyse the three million job requests that have passed through Bark.com over the last year, and create a list of those sectors that need more pro’s.

Below is the 2019 list of sectors that need more professionals to service demand, along with the average job price:

  1.       Dog and pet grooming – £34.16
  2.       Dog training – £99
  3.       Catering – £700
  4.       Gardening – £18/hr
  5.       Personal training – £30/hr
  6.       Wedding car hire – £295
  7.       Marquee hire – £925
  8.       House cleaning – £13/hr
  9.       Hypnotherapy – £75
  10.       DJ – £235

Dog and pet grooming is the most underserviced sector in the UK according to the data, with just 20% of job requests being answered on average. Dog training is closely followed with a 33% response rate and then catering with a 44%. It’s estimated that there are 8.9 million pet dogs in the UK* with the UK pet care market valued at £4.4 billion**.

The average dog and pet groomer can do six jobs a day. Following a standard five-day work week, a pet groomer can make £1,024.80 before tax per week. Courses in pet grooming start at £1200 on average and can be obtained via City & Guilds.

We’ve also created a list that details the most underserviced sectors in the UK’s major cities:

  1. London – Dog & Pet Grooming
  2. Manchester – Catering
  3. Birmingham – Dog Training
  4. Bristol – Dog & Pet Grooming
  5. York – Hypnotherapy
  6. Newcastle – Marquee Hire
  7. Leicester – House Cleaning
  8. Liverpool – Catering
  9. Edinburgh – DJ
  10. Glasgow – Gardening 

The 10 sectors that are currently being over serviced in the UK:

  1. Fence and gate installation £700
  2. Wedding photography £595
  3. Carpet cleaning £95
  4. Magician £237.50
  5. Photography £210
  6. Therapist £49/hr
  7. Counselling £48/hr
  8. Dog walking £13
  9. Landscaping £820
  10. Chimney sweep £40

Bark.com co-founder, Kai Feller said,

“We wanted to create something useful for the public with our insight and data, and a list of the sectors that need more professionals was an obvious choice for us, considering what we do. The pet market is huge in the UK, we’re a real nation of dog lovers, so I’m not surprised there’s an abundance of customers in the space, however there is obviously a shortage of professionals.

“I hope this list helps advise those who have been deliberating on whether to start their own business and encourage more entrepreneurial spirit. Being self-employed and a sole trader has some amazing benefits, but it can be a big risk to take. I think the list encompasses enough sectors where most people will be able to read it and think ‘yes, I could do that’. Hopefully next year we’ll see an even bigger rise in small businesses!”

*https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/our-campaigns/pdsa-animal-wellbeing-report/uk-pet-populations-of-dogs-cats-and-rabbits

**https://www.statista.com/statistics/491371/pet-care-united-kingdom-uk-market-value/

 

The Certificate of Excellence Awards 2018/19

Are You The Best At What You Do?

We want to acknowledge the best Sellers on Bark who offer an outstanding service to their clients, and help you stand out from the crowd.

Introducing the Certificate of Excellence Awards 2018/19.

Achieve Excellence

These are the three main factors that we will be using to pick the best Sellers for the award.

1. Reviews
2. Response Time
3. Profile Completion

There’s more detailed information below on how to be the best in these three areas and be awarded the Certificate of Excellence Award 2018/19.

Winners will be announced December 2018.


 

Reviews

To qualify, you need to have a strong review rating.

How can I get more reviews and improve my score?

Add Reviews Badge
Add the reviews badge to your website to encourage those who may not have been hired via Bark to leave feedback.

Link Accounts
Link your Google and Facebook accounts and we’ll pull through any reviews (these will show on your reviews badge).

Request Reviews
Request reviews from your previous Bark customers.

Request Reviews from Clients You’ve Secured Outside of Bark
You can even request reviews from customers you haven’t secured from Bark.

Log in to your account >


 

Response Time

To qualify, you’ll need to respond to requests quickly – we recommend within 12 hours or less. The faster you respond, the higher your chances of securing new business.

Enabling One-Click Response can improve your response time by up to 43%.

Log in to your account >


 

Profile Completion

To qualify, you should have a strong Seller profile. Our top sellers have an average profile completion of 70%.

Your profile is the first place a client will go to find out more about your company before deciding whether they would like to work with you.

How can I improve my seller profile?

Link Accounts
Link your Google and Facebook accounts and we’ll pull through profile pictures, photos and reviews to enrich your profile.

See How Others View You
Check how clients will view your profile to see how it will look to them, and better understand where you can improve.

Log in to your account >

 

Need Some Assistance?

If you require any assistance, or have any questions about the Certificate of Excellence Awards, please get in touch by emailing team@bark.com, or by calling us.

UK: 020 3697 0237 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri)
US: (424) 227-5323 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm Eastern)

Mum searching for hypnotist to cure son’s Fortnite addiction

A desperate mum has been in touch with our community of local service professionals to find a hypnotherapist in a bid to cure her son’s Fortnite addiction.

The working single mother has said the half-term holiday was the last straw, as she’s worried her 11-year-old’s ‘unhealthy obsession’ is impacting his education, health, and social life.  

At the start of 2018, gaming addiction was recognised as a mental health condition by the World Health Organisation. The NHS started a pilot programme in September to treat 15 children with gaming addiction, with the aim of creating a model for diagnosis and treatment*.

Her full request is below – can you help?

Not sure if this is even possible, but I need help with gaming addiction in children. I’ve just spent half-term fighting non-stop with my 11-year-old son and am at my wit’s end. Like most kids his age, he’s a fan of the game Fortnite, but things are getting out of hand. He spent all day, everyday of half-term playing and nothing I did made him stop.  

I’ve turned his console off, confiscated it and even changed the Wi-Fi password multiple times but it makes no difference and as a single working parent I can’t deal with the tantrums. Grounding him doesn’t work and I don’t have the strength or energy left to fight with him anymore.

What started as a fun past time has now become an unhealthy obsession with Fortnite. I’ve caught him playing at midnight when he’s supposed to be asleep, he didn’t touch his homework during half-term and the game is all he can think and talk about. On the rare occasions I can get him off it, he’s sulky and miserable, and I don’t recognise him anymore.

A friend of mine used hypnotherapy to break her 30-year smoking habit so I’m hoping this will work in the same way. Our GP was dismissive and unconcerned when I went to her over the summer holidays but my son has agreed to try hypnotherapy after we came to blows over his addiction tonight and he finally admitted he might have a problem.

Ideally, you’ll be CRB checked, have previous experience working with children and addiction, and have a recognised counselling qualification.

Thanks in advance.

Do you think you can help? Register here to respond to the request: bark.com/en/gb/sellers/create/

Bark.com co-founder, Kai Feller said,

“This request is actually quite sad, you can tell how stressed the mother is and how she’s at the end of her tether. Gaming addiction has garnered a lot of attention this year. In fact, our own research over the summer showed that more than 1,500 parents in the UK had sought gaming addiction counselling for their kids in the last year.

“It’s important that our health system has a treatment plan in place for children with gaming addiction, so they and their families don’t have to suffer long-term. Until that service is widely available, alternatives like hypnotherapy might be the best option, especially in cases like this where the mother feels her GP isn’t taking her seriously. I hope she finds the right professional for her son and gets the right help.”

*https://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-31/twelve-year-olds-to-be-among-first-patients-at-nhs-gaming-addiction-centre/

 

Would you spend Halloween night in a graveyard?

At Bark.com, we’re all about linking local service professionals with customers looking for help in their area.

One of our service professionals, who has been trading through the site since the beginning of 2017, has reached out to us with a very special request.

We’ve pasted a screenshot of the email and the full text below, take a look:

Hi ,

Hope you’re well.

I’ve been trading through your site as a paranormal investigator for a year or so now, and the majority of my business does come from you guys – most of the requests for my services come through Bark, and I was wondering if you could help me on a request of my own.

On the 31st as I’m sure you’re aware it is Halloween, which many believe stemmed from the Sahmain ritual, and was celebrated during a time dedicated to remembering the dead, and I need five people to accompany me to a graveyard.

I don’t want to reveal too many details here, but I need five people to come to a paranormal hotspot which I discovered recently in Worcestershire. I’ve been researching the area for quite some time, and waiting for the right moment to test my theory, and as the 31st tends to be a more active time for paranormal activity that’s the night I’ve chosen to do it.

I need five people, who I will pay £200 for a night’s work with me. They won’t be required to do anything as such, except follow my instructions and stay at the location all night. It’s also worth noting that they’ll be required to sleep in an inverted pentagram and if they do decide to leave, which they are free to do at any point, they won’t receive payment.

I’m planning on performing various rituals in order to attract spirits near the epicentre of the energy surrounding the area, and will need the five people chosen to participate in them with me. For anyone who is keen to participate, they’ll need to send me detailed background info on their childhood and family history, as well as every tragedy that has occurred in their life.

I’ll be choosing the five people on the 30th October and contacting them on the morning of the 31st via phone, where I will disclose a meeting place and time. From there, we will travel together in my vehicle to the graveyard. Again, it’s worth noting that all participants must travel alone to the location, and if I suspect they’ve disclosed it to anyone else I will be forced to call it off.

I’ll also need detailed feedback the next day, and one week on from the event to see what energy transmitted through each person and what they saw, as well as whether they felt any spiritual presence come over them during the night.

I must stress this is a serious event, and attending should not be taken lightly. We will be calling on spirits and entities from the other side, and if anyone feels they won’t be able to stay for the entire night, I would recommend they don’t put themselves forward.

Other info: I’ll bring food and drink but people will need their own camping equipment. Ideally, and if weather allows, we won’t use tents but October in the UK is known for rain so pays to be prepared.

I know this isn’t typically how your site works, but if you could help me find people willing to attend I would be eternally grateful.

Thank you,

If you fancy making £200 and think you’re brave enough to spend the full Halloween night in a graveyard, you can submit your details here. Good luck!

Want to appear on Love Island 2019? Hire the Reality Star Squad to help get you there!

We’re launching a professional service to help you get cast for next year’s Love Island show – the Reality Star Squad.

We decided to launch the service after this year’s Love Island was the most popular yet, with around 85,000 people applying, which is more applicants than Oxford and Cambridge receive combined every year*! Additionally recent research shows 20% of millennials secretly want to be famous**, so there’s obvious demand for a service like this.

You can hire the Reality Star Squad here.

The aim of the squad is to coach those who want to spend the summer of 2019 in the Love Island villa, so they have the best chance of being cast by producers. Some professionals in the squad have had first-hand experience appearing on a show like Love Island and some have worked extensively within the TV and media industry.

The service is aimed predominantly at people aged between 18 and 35 years old, however if you’re older than that you can still hire the team (we’ve only said that because previous Islanders have been between that age group). The Reality Star Squad’s main aim is to give clients the best chance of being noticed by ITV2 producers and appearing on Love Island, using ‘insider’ knowledge of the process, expertise and tips.

Clients will have to surrender their social media profiles to the social media expert, who will tutor them on what type of content to post and assist them with gaining more exposure through platforms like Twitter and Instagram. A personal trainer, wardrobe consultant, hair stylist and make-up artist will get the client in shape if needed and give them a modern makeover in line with the latest trends.

The Reality Star Squad will also teach the client how to do makeup, hair and pick stylish clothes so they can continue their practices after the coaching ends. An acting coach will also be on hand to teach the client how to behave on screen and in scripted situations.

Professionals who work within personal training, acting, social media, make-up, hair styling and fashion can sign up to be a part of the Reality Star Squad here

The service costs £500 a month, with a minimum three months of coaching recommended, however that’s up to you! Currently the reality star coaching is only available in London, but we are recruiting for professionals in other areas to make the service available nationwide.  

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“Reality TV, and more specifically Love Island, is huge right now. It’s a viable career path for millennials, a lot of money is to be made from these shows, you just have to look at past Love Island contestants to see that. Obviously, we’re not saying everyone who is coached by our Reality Star Squad is guaranteed to end up with fame and fortune, but it will give them the best chance at it.

“Our squad will not only coach clients on how to get noticed by ITV2’s producers and gain a bigger following on social media, but prepare them for life in the public eye. We’re equipping them with the tools they need to be a success, at a very reasonable price! I encourage any professionals who work within the stated sectors to register online to be a part of the squad, demand is huge, and it’s just going to get higher!”

 

*https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5807981/Twitter-row-people-apply-Love-Island-Oxbridge.html

**http://clapit.com/press/the-new-dream-job/

Family on the hunt for Paranormal Investigator following summer of terror

A family in Surrey is looking for paranormal investigator, and perhaps even an exorcist, to help them with supernatural problems in their home.

With such a wide range of professionals on Bark.com, we can get unique requests for help that sometimes border on the bizarre. When one of our professionals highlighted this bark to us, we realised it definitely fit the ‘bizarre’ category.

The family behind the bark wishes to keep their identity private, but they have agreed for their request to be made public in the hope someone can help them. You can read the full advert below:

This is definitely not a situation I ever imagined I’d be in, but my family and I are at our wits end. For about 12 weeks now, we’ve been experiencing what can only be described as supernatural and we’re desperate to be in control of our home again.

It started with items being moved around when we were all out of the house at the beginning of the summer holidays at the end of June. The final straw came earlier this week when our nine month old’s walker was thrown across our kitchen. Thankfully, she wasn’t in it at the time, but we have three children and my wife and I can’t take the risk any more.

Not sure if it makes a difference, but things are more intense at night, usually around 8-9pm, but we have had problems in the day too. Rattling pipes, strange wailing sounds and for several nights recently we’ve experienced what can only be described as an eerie laugh. The house also felt cold, even on days when temperatures were in the mid to high 20s.

We only moved into the house in late April this year as I relocated for a new job, so moving again would be a last resort. My wife has tried to research into the house’s history and looked at previous owners, but so far she’s not found anything significant.

Having never done anything like this before, I have no idea how much it will cost to sort, but as a guide we’ve set aside a budget of up to £5,000. We’re looking to hire someone immediately.

Do you think you can help? If you’re a professional paranormal investigator register your services here to apply for the job.

Our co-founder, Kai Feller said,

“While we do have professionals in this area on Bark.com, it’s still unusual to get a request for help with the supernatural. Obviously one of our first thoughts was this was a joke, but after talking to the family it’s clear it isn’t, and we’re keen to help them however we can.

“The advert has garnered some attention from relevant professionals, however no one has formerly put themselves forward for the job. Even though it’s an unusual request, we’re hoping to try and find someone for them as quickly as possible – not feeling comfortable in your own home must be an awful feeling.”

Bachelor needs Personal Investigator to help him find out if he’s fathered any children – can you help?

We get thousands of Bark’s each day, however, some are a little more unique than others and catch our eye. Last week, a man posted a Bark for a Personal Investigator – specifically a PI to find out if he has unknowingly fathered any children over the course of his life.

The job advert states that the 61-year-old man has been trying to track down former lovers for the past six years, but hasn’t found any leads. He’s now enlisting the help of a professional in a last-ditch attempt to find out if he has any family. He’s asked to remain anonymous, however has agreed to let us make the Bark public in order to help him find the right person for the job.

If you think this job sounds like something you are qualified for, here’s the request in full:

I am a 61-year-old bachelor who has never settled down with a woman for more than three months at a time. I think it’s fair to say I have led a ‘promiscuous life’, and whilst I don’t regret this lifestyle, I find it hard to believe that out of thousands of women I’ve never fathered any children.

Some may think this is reckless, which I would have to agree with, but times were different back then! Contraception has not always been widely available like it is now. I’m a successful businessman from London and I’d like to build a relationship and share my success with any children I might have – life can be lonely in your later years.

I’m able to provide some details about most women I’ve been intimate with. The nature of my job meant I travelled regularly around Europe, so a PI with European connections is a big bonus, and he/she must be willing to travel to France, Switzerland, Denmark and Austria if needs be.  

I’m willing to pay a seasoned professional up to £5,000 to conduct a thorough investigation, with additional money for travel and expenses. I’m also willing to provide a handsome bonus if he/she successfully finds any children of mine and I’m able to connect with them.

Over the last few years my health has deteriorated and like a typical older man I’ve started to feel sentimental and come to the realisation there is more to life than success. This might be a desperate and futile attempt to find a family, but I know I’ll always regret it if I don’t try.

Please get in touch if you think you can help, thank you.

Do you think you can help this man out? If you answered yes and you’re an experienced Personal Investigator, then register your services here to apply for the job.

Here’s what our co-founder, Kai Feller had to say about it:

“The advert was pointed out to us by one of our PI’s because of how unusual it is. We were curious and decided to get in touch with the man who posted it to see if we can help him find the right professional. He was happy for us to lend a hand and share his story, however wished to remain anonymous because of his job, which is fair enough.

“Six years is a long time to be searching for leads, and although we have thousands of personal investigators on site, I think with a bit of exposure we’ll be able to find one that has the right knowledge, contacts and skills to put this matter to bed finally for our mystery bachelor.”