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Do it yourself? Are you saving a fortune or is it costing you a fortune?

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I recently found myself in a conversation with an individual who asked me why I don’t cut my own grass.  He said,

“David, it must cost you a fortune to have your lawn cut. I would never waste money paying someone else to do something I can do myself.”

I asked him if he was on a fixed income, and he replied that he was.  I then asked him,

“How much do you think you could earn if you took all the time you spent on house chores and invested the time in learning how to better yourself and build a business that would earn you money each and every month – whether you worked or not?”

He was silent for a while and then said, “I don’t know.  Is it REALLY possible?”  I looked at him and said, “Not only it is possible, but I can show you how to do it.”

The first words out of his mouth after that were, “What is it going to cost me?”

I replied, “A fortune!”  He told me that he suspected it to be pricey, but then I explained how he was filling his entire life with busy work that was costing him the ability to earn his fortune.

Hire others so you can have greater focus on creating the life you want.  Here are some suggestions of the things you should NOT be doing:

Cutting Grass
Doing laundry
Cleaning your house
Washing your car
Grooming your pets
Cooking your meals
Managing your bills
Fixing things around your home and office.
The list goes on and on….

Keep in mind as your income grows, you are creating more jobs for people who really do need them. That’s a good thing.  As you grow, you help others do the same thing.  Hiring others to help you succeed adds to the world!

In your business start with VA’s (virtual assistants) to help you with all of the weakest (or most problematic) areas of your life.  Save your time and allow yourself to focus on what you do best. Then you can watch your income grow!

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3 comments:

RobinJune 25, 2008 at 7:16 amReply

But what if I LIKE doing some of those things? Doesn’t the quality of your life and personal investment in the care and maintenence of your home and family count anymore?

Grooming pets teaches my children how to care for and respect animals. Cooking dinner for my family allows me to let go of my work concerns, and my kids love to “help”. It give me a sense of pride and accomplishment and independence when I can fix things. And we have these wonderful MACHINES that wash our dishes and laundry for us, and if someone cannot afford the few minutes it takes to dump stuff in them, then that person needs help with time management. I can go on, but I think you get the point.

I do agree with your point however, when it comes to business concerns. I read a book called The Obsolete Employee by Michael Russer. In it he states “When you try to do something outside your core competency, you pay top dollar for amateur results.” This is painfully true in the professional world. Business owners should concentrate on doing the things they LOVE and that make their business successful, and leave all other tasks to VA’s.

By the way, I AM a VA, and I am as successful as I want to be at this point. I do not want to take on more long-term clients because I prefer to enjoy watching my children grow and play with our clean dog on my fresh clipped lawn while dinner simmers on the stove and I listen to the hum of the dishwasher and washing machine, assured that my bills are handled and all my finances are in order…

JimJune 27, 2008 at 12:08 pmReply

David did not say delegate or hire others at all costs. He is saying that those things that do not give you pleasure or affirmation as a person should be done by others. There is always a time versus money trade-off, and every individual needs to decide his or her priorities. I agree wholeheartedly with David – at this point in my life I would rather be making money, planning for my retirement than fixing a leaky sink or sagging gutter. I hate “handyman” work – fixing things around the house or on the car is a major pain! I have personal friends that fit into both categories-I know cheapskates who only want to save money, and I know persons who consider do-it-yourself work a passionate hobby. I get the impression that you are a young adult raising dependent children. I wonder what your priorities will be as you and your children age?

Michael LindsayOctober 22, 2008 at 8:14 pmReply

I read something similar recently in another blog. It simply said, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should.” Just like you said, it may be costing you a fortune!

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