Pay It Forward By Hiring Out
Can you pay somebody to do things for you … and boost your own freelancing income?
I’ve tested this concept, and yes … it’s completely true.
That’s why our second lesson in gratitude for this week is:
Pay others to do the things outside your expertise.
It’s a two-fold lesson, which I’ll explain in a minute.
First, I’ll tell you how I learned this lesson last year … and wound up with a housekeeper. It was a luxury I never imagined I could have.
It started over an argument with my husband, Craig. I needed more time to work, but the state of our house was starting to suffer.
Craig, who had already taken on all of our errands and cooking, not to mention watching our six-month-old so I could write, suggested we get a housekeeper.
I argued that we couldn’t afford it. After all, we still had debts to pay. And secretly, I didn’t want a stranger cleaning my house.
But from Craig’s point of view, it was a no-brainer. He was maxed out with his new duties and our house was in chaos.
While I sulked, Craig located and interviewed someone who came highly recommended: Miriam.
We gave her a trial run.
Afterwards, we were absolutely floored. Not only did Miriam take our house to a new level of clean, she also rearranged a few things. We ended up with a spic-and-span, fully-functional home. Plus, I had time to work.
I remember that Bob Bly talked about this concept during a teleconference a few years ago. He told us how he hires help for both his home life and his business needs. His general rule is that if he can make more money working in an hour than it costs to pay the hourly wage of the person he hires, it’s a good investment.
Makes perfect sense. In my case, hiring Miriam allows me to use that time to write for clients — which more than covers her fee.
Implement this idea and spend your time doing what you enjoy — and get paid for — instead of trying your hand at everything else. You can’t be an expert in everything — and you don’t have the time to do everything anyway.
That’s the first half of today’s lesson in giving.
The second thing to realize is that hiring other service providers is a great way for us to “walk the walk.”
After all, we expect clients to hire us for our writing proficiency, despite the fact they all know how to write. The difference is that although many can write decently … we are experts who know the subtle nuances that go into well-crafted, persuasive, wallet-opening copy.
It’s just like I learned from Miriam, who’s been expertly cleaning our house for nearly two years now. I thought I did a decent job cleaning … after all, who can’t use a vacuum? But, she elevated tidiness into an entire art form I didn’t know existed.
I encourage you to be grateful for and take advantage of any help you can get or hire out. Not only does it put you in a better position to capitalize on your own skills, it’s also a way to pay it forward to other freelancers and service providers.
If you don’t think you can afford it — remember Bob’s simple calculation above.
Do you agree? I’d love to hear feedback on this concept.
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