Outsourcing essentially means giving the job you need to do to someone else and asking them to do it (delegating) or hiring someone to help you with a job.

Often we think of outsourcing and delegating as terms we would use in a business setting but you’d be surprised just how relevant and just how useful the concepts can be when applied to your personal life.

For example, you can outsource the maintenance of your lawn to a gardener and you can outsource your cleaning to a cleaner. Getting a cleaner might just be one of the best decisions you ever make.

If you’re paying a cleaner $15 an hour, you’re basically saying you value your time that much. What’s better to spend money on than time? And especially when you consider that a good cleaner can do much more than you in an hour!

Another type of outsourcing you might consider is to use a ‘virtual assistant’ (VA). This is someone who is capable of doing any kind of work that they can do for you online and without any specialist skills.

For example, if you’re struggling to think of a gift for your partner then why not outsource it to your VA? If you’re spending ages hunting down the best car insurance quote, why not outsource that too? Need a hotel for the stag party you’re organizing? That sounds like a job for a VA!

Why spend your precious time doing basic admin when there are people out there who will do it for a couple of dollars?