Career Advice

19 May, 2020

Should You Outsource Your Own Job?

If you’ve read productivity and time-saving advice books such as "The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss, you’ve probably learned about the concept of outsourcing your work so you can get back a lot of your spare time. Generally, outsourcing is the domain of companies and small business owners. But technically, you could outsource your own job. But should you?

How to Outsource Your Own Job

If your job is comprised of many small tasks or is project-oriented, you could outsource some of those responsibilities. Specifically, you could utilize online platforms like Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer.com to find people who are willing to do certain tasks for pay. All you’d need to do is find someone capable, give them the details and a deadline, and then hand in the work to your own boss when it’s completed. Your boss need never know that you didn’t do the work yourself.

The Dangers of Outsourcing Your Job

Of course, if the work is subpar, you’ll be the one to suffer the lashback from your boss. You can’t very well blame anyone else for shoddy work since you were supposed to do the work yourself. And, if your outsourced person is late turning around your assignment, that means you miss your deadline, too, which makes you look irresponsible in the eyes of your boss. Ultimately, outsourcing your work could cost you your reputation and the chance for promotion down the road.

Practical Drawbacks to Outsourcing Your Job

When you outsource your job, you deprive yourself of the sense of accomplishment that builds self-confidence. You miss out on overcoming challenges and learning new things that could have advanced your career in the future. Is it worth risking all that, just for a few extra hours of free time?

You need to carefully weigh whether outsourcing your job is worth the risks. It’s possible, but that doesn’t always mean you should do it.