It ain't 1952 anymore. Hiring a maid is no different than buying groceries. For many, it's a necessity that saves them both time and money.
Outsourcing chores by hiring a cleaning service or personal assistant might sound like the kind of splurge that a recession-era budget would quickly eliminate. But outsourcing certain household tasks can end up saving so much time and energy that the cost is well worth it—as long as you use your newly freed-up time wisely.
Jen Smith, author of the Millionaire Mommy Next Door, says that her housecleaner makes it possible for her to run multiple businesses while leaving her plenty of time to spend with her daughter. "The point of outsourcing is that you can accomplish more, without kissing your free time goodbye . . . . Because we outsource, we make money and have more free time," says Smith, who is based in Colorado.
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