Outsourcing has been shaping economies for decades – both of the nations that give tasks to be outsourced and the ones that receive them. Now the interesting part – it’s not just businesses that leverage outsourcing to save time, cost, and effort. Individuals constitute a big chunk of the outsourcing pie and they are actively leveraging the concept to do what seems otherwise impossible in today’s hectic world i.e. striking the perfect work-life balance. Personal outsourcing – the art of delegating non-core tasks to a personal assistant, mostly virtual is a concept that marks the future of outsourcing. Recent studies reveal that 34% of the global workforce now freelances, and thanks to a growing ‘gig-economy’ countless start-ups have emerged to tap into the potential of putting these millions to work by offloading the drudgery filled tasks of our daily lives.
How to decide if personal outsourcing is the thing for you?
Outsourcing isn’t just for corporates. If you feel like you can’t let go of your tasks even for a day, struggle to complete everything within time lines, and perpetually cut a sorry figure when it comes to family commitments – yours is a perfect case for personal outsourcing. Most successful people, especially entrepreneurs have a tendency to try being a jack of all trades. Of course, that’s the wrong route – for if you want to do really well at your business, job or in your personal life, you’re going to have to find out the things that you are best at and delegate the rest. Like Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc. said
“Musicians play their instruments, I play the orchestra.” – Steve Jobs
Reclaiming today’s scarcest resource – your ‘time’
Time is money and using your money, you can buy back time. Confused? Imagine all the tasks you probably hate doing or find them unworthy of your time – checking andresponding to email, grocery shopping, paying utility bills, making travel and accommodation bookings for an impending trip, walking the dog to the park – the list is endless. Now digest this – If you chop three zeros off your income and halve it, that’s roughly your hourly income (considering 40 working hours per week and two weeks of annual leave). Taking your annual take home as $50,000 per year, your hourly income stands at approximately $25. For far less than that, you will be able to outsource almost anything you want in your life.” – says Tim Ferriss, the author of the bestselling book on outsourcing, The 4 Hour Work Week. Personal outsourcing has emerged as a perfect example of money buying happiness. Spend a few dollars, buy back a few hours, and make countless more memories with that.
What to outsource and to whom?
Speaking of personal outsourcing, the hardest thing to decide once you’ve overcome the initial hesitation, is to evaluate how much your time is worth and which are your non priority tasks. Here are some examples of what you could delegate:
Need to wake up for an odd-hours flight? Outsource your wake-up call.
Have a loved one’s birthday/special occasion coming up? Outsource the gift hunting, party/vacation planning, and even the thank-you note writing part.
Got research to do for your thesis? Delegate the data compiling, report writing, proof reading tasks so you are free for the most important one – analyzing it all to ensure a stellar output.
As you get the hang of the personal outsourcing domain, there’s no dearth of getting creative with what you outsource. Speaking of whom to delegate to – don’t forget to check for language gaps, reviews, recommendations on service proficiency, quality, and professionalism. Why drown yourself in work, when outsourcing is now as easy as counting 1, 2, 3!