Food for Thought

So much of what I do is best described, and its value conveyed, through conversation. I love what I do and I love talking about it, but talking to people all the time just isn’t feasible.  So I’m doing the next best thing — writing about it!  I hope you enjoy my blog and get some value from reading it.  I would love to hear from you too, so feel free to contact me whether there’s something I can do for you, or you simply have some thoughts you want to share!

February 21, 2019

Groceries, errands, appointments, the dry cleaning, etc.  Sometimes the little stuff in life adds up to the point of feeling like you can’t keep up with it all.  Or you can keep up, but only at the expense of other things you’d rather be doing.  So why not hire a personal assistant to help you out?  Before you scoff at that as something only done by Hollywood divas, please keep reading!

Think about it for a minute.  Do you have someone who cleans your house for you?  How about mow your lawn?

In the DC metro area, it’s more common to outsource these things than to do them ourselves.  There’s no negative stigma associated with doing so, so why should hiring a personal assistant seem so outrageous?  You probably can clean your own house or cut your own grass, you simply value the time you get back by not having to do so more than you value the money you’d save by doing them yourself.

You’re outsourcing.  You’re buying time.

Here is an actual list from a client followed by her testimonial.  What started out as a need during a particularly busy time in life (they were moving) is now a regular thing.  Just like their cleaning lady and lawn care ….

Pick up and sell:
a) Miele vacuum
b) Ikea kids table & 2 chairs
c) Verizon network extender
d) Box of non-toxic foam floor tiles

a) Lemon Lane Consignment – Drop off spring clothing
b) Benjamin Moore – Color and finish match paint swatch from interior door. 1 qt paint
c) Return shelving at Target
d) Returns at Home Depot

a) Shutterfly alternative – We have a ton of photos on Shutterfly but their photo book quality has been declining over the past 2 years.
b) Summer camps for my 5-year-old
c) Storage solutions for under bathroom sink

a) Kitchen – Measure, cut, install shelf liners in 6 shelves and 2 drawers
b) Assemble shoe racks
c) Organize linen closet

“My husband and I both have demanding jobs and we also have a high energy 5-year-old.  Once I got past the guilt of feeling that I should be able to do it all, I enlisted the help of Heather.  What started off as a little bit here and there has turned into a regular thing and we only wish we’d done it sooner.  She’s accomplished so many things for us that would never have gotten done otherwise! The time we get back for more important and enjoyable things is WELL worth the money.  We consider it an investment in our family.”   ~ Melissa, Oakton, VA

Ask yourself these questions and decide if outsourcing is right for you and your family.

  • What do you hate doing?
  • What do you want to do more of?
  • What is freeing up some of your time worth to you?
  • What can you outsource?
  • What is your budget?