How to Become Super-Productive by Outsourcing your Day-To-Day Tasks

An article that explains how to choose tasks to outsource online, show you a few examples, and give you some tips on how to become an efficient and proficient online outsourcer.

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Outsourcing Your Life – WSJ
by Wsj

Sending work offshore has transformed the U.S. economy. Now, some families are tapping the same approach for personal tasks, getting them done for a fraction of what they’d cost at home. Taking your to-do list global.

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Personal Outsourcing: How to Get More than 24 Hours Out of Each Day
by Lifehacker

Outsourcing is a term borrowed from the corporate world, that refers to taking a function of a business and having it provisioned by an external company, often overseas. Applied to our personal lives, outsourcing is about taking things that we would normally have to do in our day-to-day lives, and having someone else do it at a low(ish) cost. [jump]

The first popular mention of personal outsourcing comes from AJ Jacobs of Esquire magazine. His article, written (by outsourcers) back in 2005, was a humorous look at just how much of your life could be run by a team of Indian virtual assistants at a low hourly rate.

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The Ultimate Guide To Outsourcing Your Life
by Forbes

In June, a California judge ruled that some Uber drivers are more than mere contractors, and should be given the rights and benefits of actual employees. This issue was bound to come to a head: According to a study commissioned by the Freelancer’s Union and the online outsourcing service Upwork, 34% of the entire workforce now freelances, and countless startups have recently popped up aimed at putting these millions to work automating and on-demanding both the titanic and trivial inconveniences of our daily lives. Thanks to the surge of new apps, sites, and services, outsourcing that have sprung up around the so-called “gig economy”, just about any time-sucking task to often-anonymous workers has trickled down from the wealthy, to anybody with a smartphone and a distaste for doldrum. You heard it here: In five years, these tools are what the current tech boom will be remembered for.

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Outsource Your Way to Success
by NYTimes

Jon Steinsson and Emi Nakamura do not have enough time to do everything they need to do. They’re recently tenured, highly productive rising stars at Columbia University, as well as parents to an infant. But they have a secret weapon helping them prioritize: Econ 101.

One of the oldest, if not entirely intuitive, principles in economics is comparative advantage, developed by the British economist David Ricardo in the early 19th century. As introductory econ students all learn, it explains why countries and companies ought to outsource the production of lower-value goods and services, even if they can produce them more efficiently themselves.

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