Why Hire a Professional (when I can do it myself for free)?

If I can do something myself, why should I pay someone to do it for me?

I hear this a lot when I’m reading posts on Twitter.

My response is this: If you can do it well and do it efficiently, then sure, it might make sense to do it yourself.

On the other hand, if you can kind of do it, but it’s going to take you some time to figure out how to do it right, or it’s something that you just sort of like to do, then This Thing is going to suck your energy and time. That’s when it’s time to bring in a professional.

As entrepreneurs, we like to figure things out. And when we don’t have huge budgets to work with, we want to save money. Makes sense to buckle down and figure it out, right?

Well, not always.

What is your time worth? $10/hr? 75/hr? $200/hr? You need to think about how much doing that task is really going to cost you.

For example, I hire a local cleaning service to do monthly cleaning at my house. Takes her a little over an hour but would take me half the day. Cleaning is not something I enjoy, and is definitely not the best use of my time, so it’s worth it for me to hire her.

A professional will be trained in That Thing You Need to Do. She’ll be able to do it fast and efficiently – and in most cases, much better than you could. And that frees up your time to do other things.

Seriously – why tear your hair out when you don’t have to?

And if That Thing That You Need is a website or blog, I can help with that. Let’s talk.

  • I totally agree with you Lisa on this one.

    Time is quite important and time costs money, especially when you’re trying to do something and you’re doing it half way, just because you don’t have the expertise to do it.

    On the other hand, It’s hard to pay someone when you really need money to pay yourself.

    But I would rather focus on what I can do best, get some money and pay someone to do the rest for me.


    • @Eugen – yes, it can be hard to balance the “what do I need” vs. “what can I afford”. I trade services when it’s something I need – for example, my cleaning company needed a website, so I traded a year’s worth of monthly cleaning. I needed some insulation work done to my house, so I traded that with a contractor who needed a website.

      That said, I had a salon offer to barter manicures and facials – not really my thing, so I declined. 🙂

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