Living Project-To-Project?

Someone Said Outsourcing

I quit my “day job” a couple of years ago to focus more on my passions (music, design, writing, among others), and hopefully make a living doing so. Another reason I quit my job was because I wanted to be my own boss, work my own hours, and basically be free to work with/for whoever I wanted to.

Saying goodbye to 9-5 wasn’t an easy decision to make, but someone had do it, and that someone happened to be me. It meant a lot of things, and literally changed my life, but it also meant saying Hi! to 12-14 hours of work per day. And still to this date I rarely work less than 10 hours a day, usually 6 days a week, sometimes 7. The difference is I get way more things done in those 10 hours than I did back then in 14 hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! ;)

The 4 Hour Work Week?

4 hour work weekYou may have heard about the 4 hour work week book by Tim Ferriss. It’s really a great book, really thought provoking and great tips on living a more productive and fulfilling life. I learned a lot reading this book, and Tim’s blog is simply brilliant.

Is That Possible For Freelancers?

For most people, working only 4 hours a week would be a dream coming true. And freelancers?

I mean, I love what I do, playing music, designing sites, writing, I love that! I get a lot out of working on my own projects (and projects for clients), creating something, or getting my thoughts “on paper“, expressing myself. But I sure wouldn’t mind spending some time on the beach, and have more “free time”. ;)

It’s pretty difficult to enjoy that free time, if you have no passive income, money coming in every month without you having to work for it. The thing is a lot of folks are living project to project (similar to “paycheck to paycheck” huh?).

What can you do then?

Sometimes we don’t see what right in front of us, what’s obvious. Well Tim provided the solution (Thanks Tim!).

Solution: hire someone. outsource your work. outsource your life.

You simply have make enough money, so you can pay people and still make ends meet and have enough to live that cool lifestyle. Outsource those tasks you usually don’t feel like doing. You’re good at some things, and you hate doing those other ones you find are not worth spending time on, let someone else deal with those, someone who enjoys working on stuff you don’t. win-win for everyone.

How Does That Sound?

Many folks I know (including myself) had some success with outsourcing, for my part I really do enjoy working and creating things (I guess most musicians are like that). What about you? Could you live that “4 hour work week“, is that something you think would fit you? You probably wouldn’t miss the stress that goes with your work and meeting deadlines, but what about expressing yourself and creating something? Would you spend more time on your own projects?

Comments

  1. says

    You’ve hit on a big secret Jon, one that is growing in popularity as people realize just how precious and valuable their time is.

    Many people outsource already; ie… they pay a neighborhood boy to cut their grass. We pay to have our cars washed, our house cleaned, etc…

    How about our investment strategies, our bookkeeping, our payroll, our benefits and so on?

    How about outsourcing copywriting, editing, web development, product packaging, graphic design, even selling!

    As our business grows, we can even hire a manager to run that company while we start another!

    Once we are freed of the mundane tasks, or those we simply do not wish to do ourselves, we can concentrate on utilizing our time and energy for creative work. That is a secret strategy of many millionaires who appear to be able to get so much accomplished!

  2. says

    Hi Dan, I think you’re right on the money, there are a lot of things I would really like to outsource, investment, bookkeeping and payroll.

    The things I would like to focus more on would really be the more creative tasks: designing a website, composing a new song, writing.

    One thing though, there are some things you cannot outsource (or maybe I should say, things I do would not want to outsource), things like shopping, groceries, phone calls to my parents, to my girlfriend, those I can take care of :)

    Everything else (except the creative things), I wouldn’t mind at all having an assistant that would take care of my stuff for me. :)

  3. says

    I do outsourcing all the time – but sometimes my experiences been poor – but I giving people some of my work helps me out a lot – even though projects may take some time :(

  4. says

    Tim’s book is great. I immediately decided to get a virtual assistant to help me with my time consuming mundane tasks. I have been somewhat successful at this. I also tried outsourcing some of my not-so-creative-but-had-to-be-done work but was not too pleased with the results. I definitely want to free up my time to do more of the creative and fun stuff.

  5. says

    The 4 Hour Workweek was such an eye-opener for me… It made me realized that I was spending way too much time handling boring details and not enough time on what Chicago Web Design calls “the creative and fun stuff.”

    As entrepreneurs, we love the big picture creative stuff but can work ourselves right into a 7-7 job if we’re not careful and aware. What a sad fate for the vibrant and creative entrepreneur!

    As a result I began outsourcing a bit more and it’s been very liberating. I still have more things to let go of but can visualize the end goal now.

    I read a lot, but this book really turned my world upside down in a GOOD way. Made me rethink everything… I recommend it to anyone who is willing to take back the control of their own life.

  6. says

    definitely right on the money. we need to at some time of our biz to outsource it. it is the only way to grow our biz faster.

    but outsourcing do require knowledge. so until you you get those knowledge do it yourself first.

    about that quiting 9-5 jobs and went to 12-14 hours work, i believe we all do that because we just love and enjoy with our works. for me sometime i just forget what day is it.

    has been online for a year now but still don’t feel tired or bored working sometime 16 hours a day continuously even on sunday. it got to be the strong desire to succeed make we all can go through all of this.

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