Outsourcing, hired help, domestic assistance, call it what you want, it’s the future of modern work/life balance. There are so many reasons to do it, and if you don’t yet understand the enormous benefits of outsourcing to both your time and your bottom line, read this article now. Because today we’re talking about how to find the right people for every job you might want to/need to (you totally should!) outsource in your home and life; and there’s plenty to go round let me tell you! We’re talking about claiming back huge amounts of time from those horrible obligatory jobs that come with being an adult and running a home 🙁 So, let’s recap the benefits and see where those awesome Domestic Workers are hiding out shall we…
Once you’ve overcome the pressures of society and the perception of failure that all women face, (and realised that outsourcing is simply not a cop out) finding affordable, reliable domestic help has never been easier. The personal benefits far outweigh any negatives you can put against outsources, plus, by employing local people into these roles, you’re actively putting cash back into your own local economy. Bonus!
Let me quickly recap on why hiring help does not make you a failure:
Let’s make it clear shall we? You do not have infinite time available to do “all the things” – yeah, you’ve gathered that or you wouldn’t be here right? Women are guilty of feeling unworthy and have a proven, lower capability perception than men. We also have a greater fear of failure. This means that we have pre-determined blocks already built-into our psyche. On top of that, we often face social pressures like public perception of “perfection” and feeling the need to be seen to be doing it all. So, the odds can often feel stacked against us. This can mean that the idea of eliminating things like washing, ironing, cleaning and gardening is often overlooked, underestimated and extremely under valued. When in fact, by outsourcing, you actively free up your time for very little financial exchange, whilst investing locally, employing someone, benefit from less stress and have more time to do the things you enjoy. Why we aren’t all doing this is completely beyond me!
You can find out more about this as part of the Domestic Defiance Mini Course which is completely free!
Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and currently count in at around 67 million workers worldwide! Even though a substantial number of men work in the sector, (often as gardeners, drivers or butlers), it remains a highly feminised sector with eighty percent of all domestic workers being women. Let’s hear it for the girls out there right!
Work outsourced to Domestic Workers can include tasks such as cleaning the house, cooking, washing and ironing clothes, cleaning windows, gardening, house sitting and even taking care of household pets. They’re super flexible, working around your requirement and are often self-employed.
So you agree, getting help with some of these things will free up so much time and often cost you less than you’d be paid if you were to do the work yourself. But how do you go about finding help when you decide to get it? Here’s the answer:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all hold a world of their own when it comes to small and large businesses advertising their services. Start by searching for local pages within your preferred social platform or ask for recommendations (especially on Facebook) by posting a status. Recommendations are an excellent way of employing someone you trust, because someone you know already knows and trusts that person. Word of mouth is key to small businesses, so you’ll soon find out if a person or establishment isn’t recommended. You could also try joining and searching through local groups in Facebook or searching for pages using keywords like the service you need and the name of your town or city. The more specific you can get, the better. I live in a large town, so use the name of my village and the surrounding communities rather than the large town name.
You can also try a general Google or other search engine, again, using the keywords including local town and the service you want completing. Other general services that are specific to tradespeople and Domestic Workers are:
I’ve handpicked the following sites for you to browse, depending on the service you need and the area you live in. These sites all specialise in a service and are a great starting point for outsourcing services.
Time for You
Get a Gardener
The Gardeners Guild
Greetings Cards and Gifts
Buy them all at once for the month ahead, add the address and you’re all done, perfectly organised and an amazing friend/family member without even moving off the sofa!
Buy a Gift
Laundry, Ironing and Dry Cleaning Services
I hate Ironing
Pet Care and Dog Walkers
Read more about the benefits of a Recipe Box here
Not just for business! You can employ a VA to take care of calls, emails, bills, organising and more for often less than £10 an hour!
So what’s on your to-do list now? What will you be crossing out and handing over? What will you do with your newly found freedom? Can’t wait to hear in the comments!