Alright, I figured it was time that I spill the beans on how I keep my sanity when running 3 separate businesses, plus have a love for travel and quite simply, downtime.. I’m going to share with you 5 ways to outsource your life so that you can lessen the load you carry day-to-day and have back a little bit of your life to enjoy the things you love.
As a blogger, entrepreneur, photographer, adventurer, etc…. time is precious. I’m sure every single person feels that way, especially if you have a family. As per typical with “most” females (not saying all), we carry the responsibility of running the home as well. It was about a year ago now that I changed my outlook on how I felt about outsourcing everyday type of tasks because I equated that with a dollar amount. I bill my clients X amount per hour and if it were to take me 3 hours to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Costco, well then that’s 3 less hours of potential income.
That little shift in my mindset about being open to outsourcing my life has helped me immensely. Not only has my business grown, but I’m not longer carrying the burden solo on everyday tasks. In order to do this, you have to be willing to give up the reign and/or rely on another tool. Let me share with you my top 5 ways to outsource your life and how it’s helped me.
1. Order Groceries Online
True fact: I rarely step foot inside a grocery store any more. As I mentioned above, we typically shop from multiple places to stock our fridge, pantry and household items. I kept finding myself in the middle of the day wandering around Whole Foods or running into Costco and before you know it, 2 hours had gone by and I wasn’t great about jumping back into work mode once I got home.
My game changer has been Instacart. While they do have a free subscription offer, we actually pay for the express version which gives us free, unlimited deliveries for any order over $35. In my location, the stores available are Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts, Ralphs, Vons, Petco, Bevmo and more. I literally sit down with my grocery list in front of the computer (or on my phone) and shop from whichever stores I need things from. I do this about once a week so that I’m getting fresh produce and items needed for that week’s meals. Previously, I would NEVER have gone to all of these stores once a week for our groceries. The service fee is optional (ALWAYS decline) and the only additional expense is tipping the driver. Well worth it in my opinion.
For a lot of our pantry items, I’ve been shopping at Thrive Market for about 2 years now. It’s basically like a wholesale Whole Foods strictly online. Every healthy, gluten free, dairy free, paleo style food that you’re buying at a Whole Foods, Erewhon type store, you can get at wholesale prices through Thrive Market. The shipment typically arrives in 5-7 days. Boom.
2. Hire a House Cleaner
Roll your eyes if you want, but hiring a house cleaner is worth every stinking penny. We’ve been working with Maria now for 7 years and I would cut out other things in my life before I’d ever eliminate her. We only have her come in every 4-5 weeks for a deep clean because this girl is not cleaning a bathroom. There I said it. I simply don’t enjoy cleaning (I obviously keep a very tidy house in the meantime) and she’s able to do it with a team of 4 in a fraction of the time it would take me.
I suggest asking friends or family for personal references rather than using a company and get a quote. From there you can determine how often you could utilize their cleaning services based on your budget. I promise, you’ll look at that shower tub with heartfelt eyes after they leave.
3. Utilize Mobile Services
I love to outsource tasks that would otherwise cost me drive and/or wait times. We utilize a mobile dog grooming service, a mobile car wash service and of course, food delivery, by using apps like Uber Eats. All these tasks add up and truthfully, my dog groomer and car wash guy are actually less than the places I was driving to. Now while the service is being done, I can be right inside continuing to get work done.
4. Rely on Productivity Tools
Our brains are already maxed with all the things we have going on, so give yourself a break and utilize productivity tools that are designed to do just that.
My favorites are:
Asana — keep track of your never ending to-do lists, projects, collaborations, etc.
Dubsado — a CRM + Invoicing tool for creatives. (Lifesaver!)
Later — Automated tool to schedule social media posts.
Wave — Keep track of expenses and log your receipts in real time. Good bye stack of papers.
Mile IQ — Need to keep track of mileage for work? This is such a handy app that does it for you.
Unroll.Me — Dread your inbox everyday because of all the spam? This handy tool allows you to quickly decide if you want to unsubscribe, keep in your inbox or roll it up to get one daily email. Genius.
5. Know When to Ask for Help
This pertains to whether you are a entrepreneur, photographer, Mom, daughter, etc. Sometimes we just need to ask for help. In my situation, I was drowning in too much work without being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t desire staying up until 2:00am to get everything done. I wanted entrepreneurship because of the freedom it allowed me. It wasn’t until I met Christina that I actually looked at my expenses, looked my workload and finally pulled the trigger on releasing some of my to-do list. By taking some of the workload off my shoulders, I was able to go and pursue new business which I hadn’t been able to actively do beforehand. It’s worth EVERY penny to ask for help when the time is right.
This goes for Mom’s who might just need a break 1-2 times a week so they can go the store, go shopping, grab lunch with a friend without being interrupted by their children. Or maybe it’s someone who is caring for their elderly parent. Could someone help give you a break for just a few hours a week? It’s worth looking into.
Some additional outsourcing ideas includes —
Utilize Dropbox’s camera uploads feature. Worried about losing all those precious photos you’ve taken of your dog or kid at the park? Simply activate the camera upload feature within Dropbox and access them from anywhere. Far better than iCloud in my opinion.
Acorns (automatically rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests them into an account for you, thus creating a savings account without you even missing that $0.72.)
Meal Delivery Service (Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc.). We don’t personally use these because of my dietary restrictions, but I know they are a HUGE help to families who are short on time and don’t want the fuss of creating a meal from scratch.
I hope these 5 ways to outsource your life have inspired you even just a little bit to get back some of that freedom you’re losing to tedious tasks. Let me know if you have questions about any of suggestions!
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