I’m currently reading a new book Sorted – Freedom Through Structure. So far it’s an interesting book – not amazing, but solid. One of the points it makes is making a weekly plan for all the tasks you have to do for your business and house operation to ensure your house and life are orderly. It then suggests that you nominate a day where you’ll achieve each task. This means things get done and you bulk organise things rather than doing a little at a time.
It makes sense, but I couldn’t help but smile when I read those pages as I’ve outsourced most of my cleaning. I have a cleaner that comes twice a week – Monday and Friday and does my cleaning, laundry, ensures the house is orderly. Granted I live in Guatemala so it’s considerably cheaper for me than elsewhere, but I think no matter where I live in the world it’s something I’ll employ.
It leaves me so much free time for blogging, learning Spanish, walking with Inca, or spending time with friends and my boyfriend. It allows me to live the life I want to live.
When Should You Start Outsourcing?
I actually started outsourcing a long time ago, well before I was necessarily earning enough to justify it. When I first started working online, I was making money with freelance writing.
One part of the job search I absolutely loathed was searching through all the terrible paying jobs. It actually upset me seeing all the jobs that were along the lines of 1000 words for $2. So I decided to do the math, if I could hire an assistant fairly inexpensively for a few dollars an hour (I think around $5 per hour for an assistant in Asia is a fair starting point) it could be worth it. I was planning to earn $30-40 per hour, so hiring someone to do 5 hours a work would save me around $150 of billable hours and only cost me $25.
Each week my assistant would send me a list of jobs that met the criteria I gave her and I’d spend a few moments applying for them. It really refined my work and I felt happier as I was only been showing decent paying postings rather than looking into a sea of desperation. It meant I was more energize and happier to apply for the postings that I was sent.
Some people hesitant to spend money on themselves. I have a friend who lives locally that doesn’t want to spend money on a cleaner. She figures she can do it all herself and save the money. My cleaner’s standard rate is around $3 USD (I pay her a bit more). Say you have to do 5 hours of deep cleaning a week, is it really worth saving $15 by doing it yourself? Chances are that it’s not.
Of course if you’re not earning much money then perhaps it’s not worth outsourcing things yet. But I say if you’re PREPARED to work hard during those saved hours – freelancing, hustling, building a business or even working a traditional job then it’s an INVESTMENT and chances are you’ll get much more value than you’re spending.
Outsourcing has completely changed my life. Now my cleaning is automated. I hired a dog walker to take my dog for a walk Monday – Friday in the mornings as she’s full of energy and distracts me from focusing on my work. I work with a virtual assistant, the same virtual assistant I’ve worked with for over three years and I have trained her to run my business almost entirely. At times I have to do some invoicing or answer some questions, but it’s basically automated.
If I didn’t turn my laptop on for a month I’d still earn a great salary and it’s due to outsourcing.
Do you outsource? How has it changed your life? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!