Whether referred to as errand runners, lifestyle assistants or concierges, services that save people valuable time are the wave of the future. After all, baby boomers are beginning to reach an age where they are either caring for elderly parents or they are finding themselves strapped for time that could be better spent with family. Some major companies are beginning to include errand running services in their benefits packages for better employee retention and increased productivity. In addition, office managers have discovered that many of the tasks that secretaries used to perform can now be outsourced to errand-running services. “When you use our services, you are actually buying time to take care of more important things,” said Dee Chopra, owner of Smiles Errand Runners. “Buying time isn’t just an expression – with Smiles Errand Runners, that’s exactly what you’re doing.” Chopra decided five or six years ago there was a need for personal assistant services, particularly for senior citizens, in the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita areas. At that time she was working in the retail industry and was not in a position to put her idea into action. In March 2008, Chopra and her husband decided to start a new business that would focus on helping the elderly and would also encompass a wide range of services for the public in general. Smiles Errand Runners provides non-medical errand and concierge services for seniors, busy individuals and businesses. Smiles also offers personal shopping, grocery shopping, courier drops, house checks, vehicle registration, retail and library returns, as well as trips to the pharmacy, laundry drop off and pick up, post office drop off and much more. They will also wait for service calls for repairs and installations. If a service is not listed, ask and they will do their best to accommodate. “I try to make it affordable for people who really need help,” said Chopra. The company’s mission is, “To make a difference in our customers’ lives through its services and by treating every customer with the utmost respect, honesty and integrity while meeting their needs.” They are members of the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce and the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce. Rates start at $20 and up according to the type of service and time involved, based on an hourly rate and mileage. To make an appointment or customize a service plan, call 281-441-7645 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit www.smileserrands.com.