Time is my precious resource - I have a limited number of hours in my life, and once I’ve used them, I never get them back. However, I can preserve my time by outsourcing activities that don’t have high enough return on investment. This post reminds me to outsource by enumerating my position on outsourcing, and the things I have outsourced.
When to outsource
- Tasks I’m bad at, and that I don’t want to get good at.
- Tasks which I don’t enjoy doing
- Tasks which do not have sufficient ROI.
- From 7 habits: Tasks that are urgent, yet not important tasks.
When not to outsource
- When I enjoy the activity
- When the activity builds a skill I want in my wheel house.
- When the cost of outsourcing isn’t worth it.
Crowd sourcing Tools
Thanks to the many outsourcing crowd sourcing tools, getting contractors is easier then ever. Below are the tools I use and the tasks I’ve outsourced.
- ODesk - Get a professional for a more elaborte project, often someone to build relationships with
- Task Rabbit - Get help for an in person task.
- Gutter Cleaning
- Fiverr - Get a person for a simple, cheap, often weird task.
- Simple proof reading for less important blog posts.
- Cute video/jingle creation:
- Uber - Get a person to give you a ride
- Driving around
- Food Delivery
- Accountant - to do taxes
- Trades - Plumbing/Heating/Major Home Repair/Car Mechanic/Medical Professionals.
Things I want to start outsourcing.
- Personal Trainer (?)