Anyone who is in business is familiar with the benefits of outsourcing. Tim Ferris’s best selling book “The 4 Hour Work Week” brought to entrepreneurs attention the value of outsourcing and made it down right appealing. The practice of outsourcing has allowed companies to increase their profits and concentrate on what they are really good at.
If the most successful entrepreneurs and the biggest companies in the world are doing it, why aren’t more people doing it personally?
First let’s cover what outsourcing is and how you can benefit from doing this in your personal life. In essence, outsourcing generally means delegating a list of tasks, or to-do’s that are crowding your everyday life and are preventing you from being productive. So instead of outsourcing accounting and web design like larger companies, you are outsourcing some of your personal everyday tasks.
How to decide what to outsource?
1. Tasks that take a lot of your time
2. Tasks that you loath doing.
If you take a moment and ask yourself: Once all your must-do’s are taken care of, do you have time left over for the want to’s and love to’s? Chances are there are not enough hours in your day/week for everything else you would like to get done and this creates stress in life. This is where outsourcing comes into play.
Perhaps you’re starting to see the value in this outsourcing thing, but the question remains WHO can you outsource to? There are many services available to you depending on your needs, where you live, and whether you want virtual or high touch service.
If you live in Ottawa and want to free yourself from the burdens of day-to-day “life maintenance” we at Balance InStyle are productivity accelerators that help professionals and working teams grow their businesses faster by enabling them to delegate strategic tasks to one of our assistants. We also have a satellite offices in both Naples and Clearwater Florida. If you think about all the things that you try to squeeze into a typical week, you will feel instant relief to know that there are companies that can manage it all for you, and all you have to do is make one call.
Balance InStyle has been in business for 8 years, is a legitimate and incorporated company. Fully insured with all applicable licenses and is bondable. Please do your own due diligence when you are engaging in such services. There are unfortunately alot of scams out there on Kijiji and Craigslist advertising at lesser rates but that are not operating legitimately. Given the nature of the service offerings one can request, it is always a good idea to hire someone with a reputable business where you can read reviews and ask for references in advance to using their services.
Here are a couple of ways outsourcing can make your life easier:
- Day to Day Errands & Grocery Shopping
- Total Home Management
- Wait Services – We wait while you work
- Administrative Tasks – Virtual Assistance
- Time Consuming Research
- Back to School Shopping
- Home Staging & Decor
- Home Downsizing – Organizational & Charity drop offs
- Image Consultation & Personal Shopping
- Gift Buying, Wrapping
- Home Watch Services
- Home Renovations
- Wedding/Event & Party Planning Services
- Relocation Services
- Assistance with aging/sick family members
- Funeral Services; End of Life Planning
- Estate Planning & Cataloguing of Personal Assets and Property Content.
- Research & Planning Services
- Secret Shopping
- Travel Planning & Scheduling
Is personal outsourcing for you? Make a list of your most time consuming tasks and ask yourself “Do I really need to do this myself” “Do I enjoy this”? If the answer is no, then maybe you would like to take advantage of the fine art of personal outsourcing.
For us at Balance InStyle, service is our signature, our mission and our vocation. We believe that service should be personal, immediate and measurable. Our entire team is Ottawa based, and when you submit your requests to us, you’ll always get a live voice. Because in this business, subtleties matter. And of course, discretion matters. All of your information is fully encrypted and secure. What can we help you with today?