As I’ve posted once before, solos and small firms have as much to benefit from outsourcing as large firms. Yet, I still know many solos who file their own papers at the court instead of using a messenger service or spend time on administrative tasks they dislike instead of bringing someone in who can do a better job. This post from Escape from Cubicle Nation reminds us of all the tasks, ranging from accounting to scheduling, that you can outsource, at not much cost. Moreover, remember that outsourcing does not stop at the office. If you don’t enjoy home repair or cleaning or prefer spending time with family and friends instead, you can outsource those tasks too. Chances are that at your billing rate, you can pay for a weekly housecleaning with an extra billable hour of work.
Does this mean that you should outsource everything? No. If you derive pleasure from certain tasks – like blogging or cooking or even housecleaning – don’t delegate them. But if you can find a way to make yourself more efficient and free up time to focus on what you enjoy, outsourcing makes sense.