Time is money, and if that is true, then your time is valuable, and what you do with your time says a lot about who you are. Whether you are a business owner, a working dad or mom, a busy stay at home parent, or college student, every minute is valuable and you must utilize your time in the best manner that you can. Now, more than ever we live in a world where many skilled people work independently as freelance taskers. Here, you will find why you should pay someone to do tasks for you and how valuable this service can be.
There are a wide array of tasks and services available that others can be paid to complete, so that you can run your business or household more efficiently and effectively without giving up precious time. Just about any task that you can think of, there is someone that you can pay to do it. You can find people to cook, clean, run errands, walk your dog, hang pictures, wash windows, and even someone to organize your closets or garage. Paying someone to do those tasks that you can’t get to has become a big business, and I will examine the reasons why you should go ahead and pay someone to do those tasks.
You may be saying, I can save money if I just do it myself. There are already things that you are paying someone else to do. For instance, I used to change the motor oil in my car myself oil, but gradually I found that it was quicker to pay someone who does this all day long to do it, and I was able to get more done than if I had gotten dirty crawling under the car. But why would you want to pay someone to do your grocery shopping, remove rubbish from your garden, or even a baby proofer?
How Much Is Our Time Worth?
Wallethub.com (https://wallethub.com/blog/everyday-tasks/353/) states that most people gauge the value of their time by how much they are paid at their job. If it costs 25 pounds to trim your hedge and you make 40 pounds in the same amount of time, then it would be worth it to pay someone to do that task so you can move on to other tasks. Determining the value of time is really up to you.
The other factor is what you actually do with the time while you are paying someone else to do your task. If you are a business owner and you pay a virtual assistant to check emails, and do social media work, and you watch Downton Abbey during the same time, then it is probably not a wise investment. Utilizing someone to do tasks to save us time should also correlate to saving money.
I Just Don’t Have The Time
The main reason people pay others to do tasks is that they simply do not have the time. Business owners, employers, employees and stay at home moms are constantly bombarded with work, and never have the time to devote to those necessary tasks. Despite living in a technologically advanced world there are things that require a person to actually do the work. So, if you are always working on the computer, smartphone, tablet or other device, you may have neglected your lawn, household chores, or have no time to plan that big event and you need to hire someone to do those tasks.
Better Utilization Of Time
Closely tied with saving time is the fact that by paying someone else to do tasks for you, allows you to make a better use of your time. Doing tasks yourself often requires much prep time on your behalf and then there is the cleanup, and transition to the next project. By paying someone else you are able to focus all of your efforts on your primary tasks. You can hire a furniture assembler, or a wallmounter so you can better utilize your time.
It’s Easier To Pay Someone Else
I remember a colleague of mine once responded to me when I asked him why he didn’t do certain tasks himself at home saying, I work to make money so I can pay someone else to do it. For him, he made a good salary and it wasn’t necessary to do those tasks since he could pay someone else and he could work more, or devote his time to things on the farm. For many, it is simply easier to pay someone who has the time, skillset, and that they can trust to do an excellent job.
Finding The Right Help
There are web services that are totally devoted to nothing but connecting people who need tasks done to those with the qualifications to do them. Here is a partial list of some of the more popular sites:
Airtasker is very popular in the United Kingdom and offers a wide array of services, and rates taskers so you can hire the best tasker. Upwork and Fiverr hire freelancers to write blogs, newsletters, and perform website management and other professional services. Marketing, accounting and administrative support are also part of Upwork/gb services. und here.
You can save money by using these services rather than hire a professional. For instance, a plumber may charge 100 pounds/hour but, if you find someone on a site like taskrabbit.co.uk, they can often do it for far less and you are still able to devote your time to other, more meaningful tasks. Utilizing these source saves you time since the necessary background checks have already been run and often they come with recommendations.
What About Virtual Assistance?
One of the fastest growing areas of employment in the outsourcing area is the virtual assistant. A virtual assistant, according to biz30.timedoctor.com, is someone who provides various services to entrepreneurs and businesses from a remote location.
(https://biz30.timedoctor.com/what-does-a-virtual-assistant-do/). Virtual assistants do everything from scheduling appointments, writing newsletters, checking and answering emails, to social media and event management. So, why do you need to hire a virtual assistant?
Top Reasons For Hiring A Virtual Assistant
If you or a top level employee had to choose between preparing a marketing strategy for a client and developing your social media site you would probably choose to work on the marketing strategy. So, who will work on your social media site, or answer emails, allowing you or another employee to focus on those primary tasks? That is where a virtual assistant comes in. Not only do they free you up, but they can work just a few hours a day or week, and you don't have to pay someone to sit in the office working on those tasks. Also, you don’t have to train someone. Virtual assisting has grown to a place where there are companies that train people just to do that. Advantages of hiring a virtual assistant:
- Save time
- Save costs
- Better Use of Employees
Hiring A Virtual Assistant
Finding the right person to do the job is critical and should not be a waste of time. There are many sites available where you can seek potential virtual assistants, including job boards like indeed, and ziprecruiter. But often those don’t weed out those lacking necessary skills. Besides, you aren’t looking for a full time person or you could just hire them to work in the office, or divide the tasks between current employees. Utilizing a company that hires virtual assistants for clients like you is a great and popular option. Realwaystomakemoneyonline.com (https://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/virtual-assistant-jobs/) lists over twenty companies that you can utilize to hire VA’s for you. They screen them, and match their skills with your needs. This is a great tool, and since hiring a virtual assistant is something that will save you time and money it is worthwhile to check it out.
Other Unusual Tasks You Can Outsource
I have already listed some of the more common areas that businesses outsource including virtual assistance, lawn care, and general maintenance. But, what about cleaning the office or picking up cleaning supplies or items for the break room? Why should you send your employees to the big box store to get coffee, snacks, paper towels and cleaning supplies when you can hire someone to go shop, pay for the items and deliver them, freeing up your employees. Grocery delivery is popular with households all over the UK. There are several companies that you can utilize to shop for you and deliver:
Glamourmagazine.co.uk lists the top nine grocery delivery services around in the UK. (https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/online-food-delivery-uk) The cost of the services modest, but you save time and can be more productive at home or the office. Deliveroo will pick up and deliver your lunch when you or your employees order in, saving you time and money. It is also perfect for delivery at home or anywhere.
One final area that is popular, especially at home, is cleaning services. The skill levels vary, as do the services. You can hire a company, like Green 4 or FastKlean to do just about anything you need. Also, there are those people that you can find on places like taskrabbit.co.uk that have references and will do as effective a job as the big name company, but for a lot less money.
What Are You Waiting For?
While I may have missed an area or two I believe that you can see it is worth your time and money to pay someone else to do tasks for you. From businesses to home owners and everyone in between there are tasks that you either don’t have the time or can better use your time doing something other than tasks. So, start saving time and money now and pay someone to to do those tasks for you.