There is a concept in economics known as comparative advantage. The idea is that we are better off by specializing in the things that we are good at, and trading with others for the things that they are good at. We’re all better off as a result.
It doesn’t even matter if one person is better than another person at everything. There is only so much time in a day, and even the smartest or most productive person on the planet has only 24 hours in a day, just like everyone else. It pays to outsource some tasks so you can focus your time and energy on what brings back the most return (See the Wikipedia article or Mises article for more information).
We all benefit from cooperation and exchange.
I have personally started to outsource some of my blogging duties to others, as I have full-time work, school, and blogging, and there’s only so much that I can do with that 24 hours!
Crystal (Budgeting in the Fun Stuff)
Crystal is the owner of several sites, including Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, and she has been doing a great job of helping me out with running advertising at Invest It Wisely. Here’s what she can help you out with:
- Handle your advertising.
- Staff writing and ghost writing.
- Help with Excel sheets.
When outsourcing, it’s important to not become too dependent on the other party. We want to have a place to start off from in case things change for some reason. I’m very happy with Crystal because she is also very transparent — you always know what’s going on, and her focus is on customer satisfaction. Aside from our business relations, she has also been a good Yakezie buddy and has always been willing to help out with advice and comments when needed.
You can contact Crystal for more information at her “Crystal For Hire” page.
Melissa (Mom’s Plans)
Melissa is the owner of Mom’s Plans and has been saving me a great deal of time with my carnival submissions. I heard good things from My Journey to Millions, and I have been happy with her services since then. She can also help you out with many other tasks; here’s what she is currently mentioning:
- Carnival submissions.
- Staff writing.
- Weekly roundups.
- Giveaway management.
Like Crystal, Melissa has also been transparent and customer-focused, and I am happy to give her a good reference.
You can contact Melissa for more information at her “Hire Me” page.
Doing some of it yourself… but not everything!
Fellow Yakezie Geoff has recently launched “Don’t Do It Yourself“, which is dedicated to helping you find the right freelancer for your project and needs. I like the site title, because it comes back to how we all benefit from cooperation and exchange!
So, reader, do you also outsource some of your activities? Maybe you hired a nanny at home? Maybe you pay somebody to mow the lawn? I’d love to hear your own take on DIY, and Don’t DIY.