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Published On: Wed, Jul 4th, 2018

Why you should outsource your boring chores

We are living in the age of the ‘gig economy’, a time where making money does not need to come from a traditional 9 to 5 job, but potentially from a range of sources, where you don’t need to be tied down to one particular company or even one particular type of role or skill. An article in NPR talks about a study suggesting that people who “buy time” (pay to have someone do a task for you) were made happier than those that spend money on material possessions. With that in mind, maybe you’ll feel less guilty for outsourcing some of the more boring tasks in your life. Here are some common ones that might help to free up some of your time so you can concentrate on what’s more important to you.

Moving Home

Well-known as one of the most stressful times of your life (and everyone saying that probably isn’t helping!), it makes sense to offload this stress to the professionals. To make it EVEN easier, you could use Shiply to gather quotes from removal companies on your behalf, so you don’t need to waste time trawling through the phone book and calling multiple companies for quotes. You can specify the level of service that you’re looking for (including having the company pack for you!) and wait for quotes to fall into your inbox.

Cleaning

Paying someone else to do your cleaning can help to reduce stress levels, and leaves you free to do more enjoyable activities. If your cleaning causes you stress, consider outsourcing it – particularly if it causes problems in the household or if you find it difficult to share cleaning responsibilities in a house where you live with several other people. There are many websites and apps now to find and arrange home cleaning services around your lifestyle, so take a look and start planning what you’ll be doing with your free time!

photo Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

Ordering meal kits

Meal kit deliveries are everywhere now, and it’s easy to see their appeal. They prevent you needing to meal plan and visit the supermarket, and allow you focus on the fun part: cooking a delicious meal! Many of them also allow you to choose the recipes you receive in advance so you know what you’re going to be making. Many of them can also cater for various dietary requirements or preferences, so there’s something for everyone.

Some companies are going even further to deliver ready-made meals that only require reheating, so if you don’t like cooking as well as shopping and meal-planning, there’s something for you, too!

Domestic DIY Tasks

Sometimes we need a helping hand at home, where there always seems to be tasks to do like gardening, assembling furniture, painting and window cleaning. At the moment there are several companies that allow you to outsource these smaller tasks, and offer yourself as a ‘tasker’ too. Employing another to take on a common DIY task is a great way to get smaller jobs done around the home to make it a better environment for you and your family, and allows skilled people in your area to make a bit of extra money doing work of their choosing.

Have a think about what you could offload, and remember that outsourcing these tasks is not just about being lazy (although that’s great, too!), but about giving yourself more time to do what makes you happy, or to allow you to focus on work that really matters to you. All the companies show prices up front or work with a quoting system so you can weigh up the pros and cons of outsourcing to decide whether it’s something that could benefit you and your lifestyle.

Author: Shan Ge

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