Dear Ms. Plaid:

I’m getting to the point where I am so busy that I have thought about outsourcing a few things, how should I decide what to outsource versus what I should just do myself? I also feel a bit guilty thinking about not doing something myself.

– Outsourcing

Dear Outsourcing,

I 1000% believe guilt is primarily a women’s issue and no you should not feel guilty. Based on your question I am assuming you are thinking of outsourcing typical things like housekeeping, lawn care, cooking, laundry, etc.

A simple test to determine what best fits your situation is what you have time to do and what you enjoy doing. I hate housework, specifically bathrooms, but don’t mind laundry at all. Looking at what my budget allowed, I outsourced deep cleaning, but kept weekly maintenance of my home like sweeping and laundry. My husband loves his garden, but between work and gardening found it difficult to mow the yard, so now we have someone help us with that in the summers. Find what works best for you and be creative. I have one friend that outsources grocery shopping and now with so many online resources it’s easier than ever to click for basic shopping.

I don’t feel guilty about it at all because freeing up my time for something that I don’t like doing allows me to spend time with my family on things we all enjoy. Now there are lots of resources to evaluate outsourcing at home and with your business.

A few of my favorite resources are:

  • Care.com and Angie’s List – These are generally household items and the site lets you manage both short and long term contracts.
  • Fiverr and Elance are both great resource for business outsourcing from assistants, copy writers, and project based work.

Sometimes our budget does not allow for paid outsourcing, but swapping with a friend can have the same impact. Are you good at taxes and is your friend good at mending clothes? Trade your skills and both get something of value.

Do you outsource anything at your house or in your business?

Best,
Ms. Plaid