Outsourcing usually gets a bad rap. But really it’s letting companies stick to what they’re good at. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to focus on your strengths and let someone else handle the busy work?
Well you can. For years I had been spending approximately three hours a week at the laundry mat. But I got sick of wasting that time. Now I do drop off service. It costs about $10 for a load of laundry (only $6.50 more than if I did it myself ) and I get 3 hours of precious time on earth to do things like write a blog post, do some Christmas shopping, or pick out fabric samples for my baby bed. Plus it comes back folded and smelling better than it ever did when I was in charge.
In this day in age you don’t need to run around like a chicken with your head cut off. If you don’t have enough time to accomplish something important outsource the menial tasks. You might argue that it costs too much to do that, but think about this example:
You don’t have enough time to review your bills, go to work, clean your house, and go to the gym. Spend $100 on a cleaning service, and spend some of that newly freed up time to pay your bills on time (avoid any late fees) and go on Mint (a great bookkeeping and budgeting service that’s absolutely free and secure) and create a budget for the month. When I started using mint I realized I was wasting about $20 a month on atm fees. Now I make sure to only go to my bank to avoid the extra charges. By spending a little money upfront, you’ll be able to free up time for more useful things that might end up saving you more money in the long run.
So pay a little extra to have the elves wrap your Christmas presents, hire someone to walk your dog when things get a little hectic, let the neighborhood kids shovel your driveway. You’ll be helping the economy and your sanity.