“The term outsourcing has most commonly been associated with corporations, hiring workers overseas to lower the cost of making their goods” says CBC’s radio host Jian Ghomeshi. What if you could use outsourcing as a way of focusing on the more important things in life? New York Times economist Catherine Rampell argues that Outsourcing Your Way To Success, is not only possible but can also be necessary.
The idea is, that people should outsource more than just dog walking and cleaning. Take for instance John and Amy, a couple mentioned in Catherine’s essay. They are both PhD candidates who have found creative ways of paying someone else to do chores like cooking, IKEA furniture assembly, personal photo sorting and more.
Have a listen to Ghomeshi’s recent interview with Catherine Rampell to find out:
- Why you should consider outsourcing everyday tasks.
- Reasons why you are reluctant to have others do the work.
- About the cultural obstacles that prevent us from asking for help.
- If outsourcing chores can make you happier.
- How to define your opportunity costs and more!
I think, that while not every phase of our lives can or should be outsourced there is certainly a place for doing so with tasks that you no longer enjoy or that have moved down on your list of priorities. While there are no guarantees, I am confident that both people and businesses alike, can potentially become more productive and thrive as a result of creative outsourcing.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this interview. How viable if at all, is this type of approach to outsourcing? Would you consider creative outsourcing for your business or everyday living?
For more interesting ideas on economic development check out economist Susan Athey from Stanford University. You can also read our post on the pros and cons of outsourcing. Or visit us on twitter @wizof_biz for engaging tweets on this topic.
Live, love, outsource and be happy,
The WizOf.Biz team.