Yesterday I wrote a post telling you not to hire someone until you have done the job yourself. Today I want to play devil’s advocate and take the other side. Never do a job that you can hire someone else to do. You are very talented and have skills that you have built up throughout your schooling and career and you are trained to perform your job efficiently and well. The absolute best use of your time is to do what you are best at and let someone do everything else.
When something new comes up that you don’t know how to deal with, hire someone. If you start trying to do the job yourself, you can potentially waste countless hours and build unnecessary frustration.
We’re coming up to the end of the year and besides all the holidays and resolutions, we have to think about our taxes. If you want, you can do your taxes yourself and save yourself some money that you would have paid an accountant but you would end up spending many hours that could have been better spent elsewhere. By spending your time doing something that’s not what you are best at you could actually be losing money. There are two ways to have more money, either you make more money or spend less money but you have to be careful that you don’t save a dollar while losing two dollars that you could have made.
There’s a popular example of the top lawyer who takes a helicopter to baseball games to save money. He figures that if he drove, it would be cheaper but with traffic and the time he’d be spending commuting, her would lose over an hour of work. Since he makes $600 per hour, he can afford to take a helicopter to the game by working an extra hour.
The next time that a job comes up that does not fall into your expertise, think about hiring someone to take the trouble off of your hands.
What’s your style? Do you do the job yourself or hire someone to do it? Leave your answer in the comments.