Growing a thriving business requires a huge time commitment. Beyond the physical hours you put in at the office, you must also spend your free time in the mornings and evenings focusing on business tasks. These hours are spent brainstorming and strategizing, researching, networking, marketing, and managing your social media.
Unless you’re a superhero, you will eventually start to feel overwhelmed. You will reach a point where the business starts to dominate and areas of your personal life begin to slide.
It’s virtually impossible to put the necessary time into your business and still manage to stay on top of your other obligations. You know that you need to keep your home clean, stay in shape, prepare healthy meals, and spend time with your family. No matter how hard you try, there never seems to be enough hours in the day.
Many business coaches will say that you can’t have it all and you need to decide what you’re willing to let go. While this may be sound advice, I’m not willing to accept it. I prefer to create a balanced life that I can comfortably sustain for the long-term.
Outsourcing non-essential business tasks is the obvious first step, but what do you do when that’s not enough? Imagine how your life would improve if you could simply purchase a few extra hours each day.
Taking outsourcing one step further and applying it to your personal tasks essentially allows you to do just that. Here are five smart ideas to get you started.
Having your groceries delivered to your home is now as easy as opening an app, choosing your items, and paying online. A personal shopper purchases your groceries and hand-delivers them to your door at the time you choose. No more eating out because you’re too exhausted to brave the grocery store. Check online to find out which delivery services are available in your area. Shipt and Instacart and Amazon Fresh are a few of the most popular services.
Most people spend close to 2 hours a week doing laundry-related tasks. If you have multiple family members, it may be far more than that. Hire a laundry service to have your clothes are washed, dried, folded, and delivered right to your door. Imagine what you can do with all of those extra hours!
Many local dry cleaners and laundromats offer this service at a surprisingly economical price. If you’re lucky enough to live in a major metropolitan area, you may have access to one of the newer app-based laundry services like FlyCleaners, Rinse, or DryV.
When you’re working long hours and constantly distracted, it’s easy for your four-legged friends to feel neglected. This is a major source of guilt for many busy professionals. Outsourcing pet care can be extremely beneficial, but you must be careful to ensure the safety of your pet.
Seek out a responsible and trustworthy neighbor to take over walking and feeding. If your dog plays well with others, a local doggie daycare can be an even better solution. Some companies offer pick-up and drop-off service for even greater convenience. A tired pet will be much more well-behaved, making this service well worth the extra expense.
For even more time-saving, purchase food, toys, treats, and other pet supplies through Chewy or Amazon. Both offer a large selection of products with free shipping and automatic reorders. Once you get used to the convenience of having supplies show up at your door at the exact right time, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
Greatly improve your work-life balance by hiring a remote personal assistant. Services like Zirtual offer help with a variety of tasks including:
- Email inbox management
- Appointment scheduling
- Calendar management
- Travel arrangements
- Event planning
- Social media management
- Data Collection
Although this is one of the more expensive outsourcing options, it can be well worth it if you are organizationally-challenged or exceptionally busy.
Do you have a “honey-do” list that’s a mile long? TaskRabbit and other similar services help with home repairs, furniture assembly, mounting, installation, packing, and moving. Free up your time even more by checking your local listings or asking friends and family to recommend housekeeping, lawn care, pool maintenance, and even poop-scooping services.
Some Final Considerations About Personal Outsourcing
When deciding what to outsource, ask yourself how much your time is worth. This may not be as simple as a per-hour calculation. You also need to consider the value of the tasks you can’t outsource.
It would be wonderful if you could pay someone else to exercise for you, bond with your loved ones, or give you a few extra hours of sleep. Unfortunately, this is not an option. It’s difficult to place a dollar value on these precious hours, and you may find that your personal time is worth well more than your typical hourly rate.
I don’t recommend spending money on personal outsourcing if you are struggling to get your finances in order. That being said, consider your options as soon as it’s financially feasible. Time is one of the most valuable assets you can purchase and investing in yourself is always worth the money
Now it’s your turn! Do you have experience outsourcing personal tasks? Please share your comments.
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