Outsourcing … Personal Errands
The Job: Pet care
Who: Brian Phillips*, 50, owner of a health care business, Feasterville, Pa.
The Cost: $35 an hour
Why I Think It’s Worth It: I’m a single father of two and a business owner, so I use [personal errand service] Task Complete to help me with a few things that I find it hard to make time for, like veterinary and grooming appointments for my dog and other occasional errands.
The time I save can be turned into productive work hours that generate more value for my business, and it greatly improves my quality of life even when I’m not working.
Plus, I find that [the assistants] have become very efficient at completing the tasks in the shortest time possible, which keeps the costs down even more for me.
I’m not very good at budgeting on a monthly basis, so I calculate the cost of the service into my weekly expenses. So at the start of each week, I decide how many hours I can afford to use them.
But since my schedule fluctuates greatly with my business, I often find that it’s an easy decision to spend the money to have them help me, versus spending hours and hours doing those things myself.
I often even save money using grocery services because the sites let you organize your lists by price-per-unit—which makes it much easier to find the best value for your money.
The Job: Grocery delivery
Who: Perrin Jaymes*, 29, SEO manager, Chicago
The Cost: $10
Why I Think It’s Worth It: I like to maximize my happiness. [My girlfriend and I live] in Chicago, so if we want to get groceries, that means a two-hour trip and hauling 10 bags of groceries on public transportation.
I find that I often even save money using these kinds of services because they will let you organize your lists by price per unit—which makes it much easier to find the best value for your money. You could do that in a store, too, but it would take a whole lot of shopping [time] and a lot of math. So it’s definitely changed the way I shop!
*Names have been changed.