How to: Outsource Your Entire Life – 20 Professionals Who Can Do Your Dirty Work

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 3:37pm by Site Administrator

At work, most of us have figured out how to delegate jobs and outsource responsibility so that we can tackle the fun stuff. But what about in our personal lives? Fortunately, if you’ve got a thick enough wallet, you can pay people to do virtually all of your day-to-day chores for you: grocery shopping, cleaning, watching the kids, and even placing your bet on prime real estate. Put your feet up and read below to learn how to outsource your entire life with the help of 20 professionals who can do your dirty work for you. Just don’t forget to tip.

  1. Maid: Employing a maid can mean anything from having a live-in assistant who sorts the laundry, irons and cleans the bathrooms to hiring a team of professionals to visit your home once a week to do the heavy dusting and vacuuming. Whether you’re simply too busy with fundraising, shuttling your kids from practice to rehearsal or heaven forbid, both, put that mop down and let the maid do it.
  2. Virtual Assistant: What’s better than a personal assistant? A virtual assistant who you never have to meet! Virtual assistants are gaining more and more popularity as the business world continues to outsource employees to minimize overhead costs and accommodate work-at-home types who can manage small offices from home. If you’re an entrepreneur — or just a very busy somebody — you’re probably tired of answering the phones, scheduling appointments and doing the bills. Stop worrying and heap all of those pesky duties onto your virtual assistant, who will happily do your dirty work from the comfort of his or her own home. In a perfect world, the two of you never even have to meet.
  3. Personal Shopper: Who has time to shop for new shoes, a fabulous party dress and Christmas toys for the kids? Not you, that’s for sure. Hire a personal shopper to work down your lengthy list of groceries, holiday shopping and whatever else you might want, er, need.
  4. Driver: Busy bees like you are constantly zipping around town to meetings, consultations, special events, and maybe even home, if you’re lucky. Do yourself — and everyone else on the road — a favor by hiring a driver so that you can dedicate your full attention to your BlackBerry or catching up on some sleep in the backseat.
  5. Personal Chef: Wouldn’t it be nice to come home after a long day to a scrumptious, professionally prepared meal that you didn’t have make yourself or pick up on the way home? A well-trained personal chef will surprise you with delicious dishes that suit your unique tastes and dietary needs. Some personal chefs even bring all of the ingredients with them, so you don’t have to bother your personal shopper with an extra stop.
  6. Car Cleaner: Anyone can drive their car through a gas station car wash, but your baby just won’t get the same attention and sparkly shine as she would with a personal car cleaner. Flip open the phone book and find yourself a professional car cleaner who will pick up your vehicle from your home or office and give it a good cleaning inside and out while you get on with your day. Sure beats the garden hose in the driveway.
  7. Event Planner: If you have a party to throw or a wedding to plan, for heaven’s sake, don’t do it yourself. Event planners are paid the big bucks because they know how to transform an everyday birthday party into the social event of the season. You’ll save yourself from bartering with the florist, chasing down the photographer and trying to book a venue when you enlist the help of these professionals.
  8. Publicist: You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to require a publicist. Budding entrepreneurs, CEOs and even debutantes need a little help with promotions and branding. Whether you hire one person to book you for events or decide to hire an entire advertising and public relations firm to get your name out, utilizing their professional PR services means less networking for you to worry about.
  9. Security Personnel: Top-notch security comes in all shapes and sizes: a 6’4 bouncer who’s by your side whenever your step outdoors or even a hired security guard outside your business to protect you from sketchy loiterers. However you decide to protect yourself from the common riffraff, just remember that security personnel are responsible for handling the ultimate dirty work, and you don’t need to get involved.
  10. Headhunter: Human resources professionals have enough dirty work on their plates with concerns about avoiding lawsuits, setting pay standards and promoting harmony among employees. That’s why they often need to hire headhunters to actually go out and find new job candidates. Searching through gigantic online databases and sifting through piles of resumes is tedious. If you’re looking to hire a new professional at your office, start with a headhunter.
  11. Dog Walker: Taking your dog for a walk after work might seem like a nice way to spend time with your pet and get a little exercise, but only if the weather is perfect and you didn’t have to pick up after bathroom breaks. Instead of depriving little Fido of his daily walk just because its raining or temperatures are boiling, hire a dog walker who, as long as you pay him, has to indulge your pet.
  12. Nanny: Don’t believe that taking care of kids is considered dirty work? Many parents love taking care of their children, even when they’re sick, messy and need a diaper changing. For those who don’t, nannies are a godsend. Live-in nannies prepare breakfast, take the kids to school, doctors appointments, play dates, and anywhere else they can think of to keep them entertained and out of the parents’ way.
  13. Bill Collector: If someone owes you money but refuses to pay up, it’s time to call the bill collector. Don’t bother yourself with making empty threats or following the perp down a dark alley at night (if you’re really creepy). A bill collector will take care of the messy business of getting you paid so you don’t have to.
  14. Interior Decorator: The wallpaper’s peeling, your carpet is stained, and all you can think about is redoing every bathroom, bedroom and sitting room in the house. Redecorating is an overwhelming job that often takes several months. Stop agonizing over which variation of sage green you want for the dining room, and let the interior decorator handle everything from pillows to candlesticks. When it’s all finished, you may not even recognize the place as your own home.
  15. Real Estate Broker: Moving to a new city can be exciting, but finding a place to live is usually excruciatingly difficult. It’s hard to pick the best neighborhoods, school districts and apartments if you don’t have the time or money to fly back and forth looking at properties. Using the services of an experienced real estate broker will also save you from haggling over prices and fighting for leases in more competitive markets.
  16. The Intern: This poor guy or girl is hardly a professional and often isn’t even paid, but the intern schleps around a lot of dirty work for a lot of people. Even if you work in a smaller office, chances are there’s an intern somewhere near you. Props to you if you can snag the unlucky student before anyone else can. That way, you’ll win his or her loyalty and can delegate your least favorite tasks like licking stamps, sending faxes and fetching coffee.
  17. Gardener: The gardener is a fancy term for anyone you pay to rake your leaves, mow the lawn or plant a few flowers. Thoughts of "the gardener" typically include either the elderly, incoherent British man or a hot young stud a la Desperate Housewives, but the sulky teen across the street will do. Throw him a pair of gardening gloves and go watch football.
  18. Private Investigator: If you suspect a cheating spouse or a drug abusing teenager is lurking away from the house at night, don’t jump in the car and follow them to their secret rendezvous: you’ll surely get caught. Instead, hire a private investigator to chase after them and obtain solid proof of their dodgy behavior.
  19. Wet nurse: If you’d rather not breast feed your infant but know that breast milk has more nutritional benefits than formula, consider asking a wet nurse to feed your baby. The price? In Los Angeles, wet nurses can charge around $1,000 a week.
  20. Excuse Yourself: While you can’t pay someone to go to the doctor for you, you can make it look like you went. Paying $25 to an Oklahoma company will get you a fake doctor’s excuse that is passable in many workplaces.

Stop complaining about all of your day-to-day chores and start outsourcing. These 20 professionals can help you with virtually everything, from planning a party, cooking your meals, gathering evidence against wayward family members, and even nursing your baby so you’ll have more time to work on your tan or catch up on your reading.


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6 Comments »

  1. Nearly every type of business model can benefit from outsourcing to a professional Virtual Assistant or a Virtual Assistance firm. By letting go of the stuff you despise doing, the stuff which falls through the proverbial cracks and the stuff you forget to do, you are ensuring you’re keeping your business IN business. More important, you’re maintaining your sanity and making more money. Last, but certainly not least, when you outsource you’ve got more time for family, friends and those long-forgotten hobbies.

    Virtual Assistance is here, it’s now, and we’re ready to help you and your team succeed beyond your wildest expectations.

    Want to learn more about the Wonderful World of Virtual Assitance? Of course you do! Dial my digits, 866.611.LORI, or visit us on the web at http://www.DavisVA.com.

    Lori Davis
    Director of the Future & Lead Business Shark
    Davis Virtual Assistants

    Comment by Lori Davis, DavisVA.com — November 6, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

  2. I really enjoyed this list, particularly the driver and personal chef. I could use those! Oh, and a maid would come in handy, but my hubby is well-trained. ;)

    Comment by Genesis — November 7, 2007 @ 1:45 am

  3. As a virtual assistant, I’m glad to see that VAs made the list.

    Great post!!

    Comment by Alexis Capozzi — November 7, 2007 @ 1:53 am

  4. Very comprehensive list! The only thing I thought of that isn’t on here is a personal trainer — but I guess that you actually have to do the exercise program that they design for you. (Wouldn’t it be fun to outsource exercising and have someone else do all the work while you lose all the weight?)

    Comment by Laura — November 7, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

  5. Great article. Our company RealSupport is a virtual assistant company for the Real Estate industry. There are so many benefits to outsourcing support to a virtual assistant that I could go on and on. Here is a link to our Podcast that displays how we work with clients, VIRTUALLY!
    http://www.realsupportinc.com/about/podcasts.cfm

    Comment by Carrie Gable, RealSupport Inc. — November 8, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

  6. Thanks for posting this article..^^..Now I have other ideas for my part time jobs..^^

    Comment by Joy — November 12, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

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