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I'd like to spend more time on my sites, but my husband works and has a long commute, we have kids, pets, a house to take care of, etc.
A friend recommended getting a part-time or full-time housekeeper or mother's helper. I'm very cheap so it seems rather decadent, but logically I can make more money working on my sites than I would to have to pay someone to do things like feed pet rodents, drive car pools and wash underwear.
I don't really like the idea of having a stranger in the house but heh, maybe I could get used to having someone around to make me a snack for a change. :)
Has anyone hired household help so they could devote more time to their business? Did it work out? Any tips?
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 10:14 pm (utc) on Aug. 17, 2006]
As you say, you can make more doing other things.
But as with any member of staff - you get what you pay for.
We have a housekeeper and a nanny (one of the advantages of living in Thailand).
It's a bigger budget decision for us living in the U.S. because we would have to pay much higher wages than a place like Thailand, plus workmen's comp and social security.
A report from The Work Foundation in 2004 stated that "...there were the same number of ‘servants’ in households as in the 1930s, with more than four million nannies, gardeners, cleaners and butlers in homes across the country."
The days of Upstairs Downstairs [en.wikipedia.org] return!
the "per hour" calculation is key. if the hours you save can be used to futher your primary business, it's a no-brainer. otherwise the calculation results in your earnings per hour being less than a housekeeper!
housekeeper, gardener, and bookeeper; not only the time savings, but the quality of life enhancement has been major.