Americans have access to Amazon, Seamless, Instacart, Plated, Birchbox, Uber…where there’s a need, there’s the web to the rescue.
I can’t even imagine my immigrant parents ever hiring a cleaner or an assistant. What a waste. Do it yourself. Scrimp wherever possible.
Whereas I don’t even see hiring help as an indulgence; I see it as necessity. Because time is a highly-valuable, scarce resource, if I can hire help or outsource for a good rate, then it’s well worth the cost. I also view any type of employment (whether hourly or part-time) as support to my community.
Here’s a list of people I currently hire:
- Nanny/babysitter who has cared for Franco for two years.
- Monthly household cleaner – team of 3 immigrants.
- Local assistant who runs errands for me.
- Child psychologist who has counseled me on sleep schedule, nanny transition, and preschool selection.
What are your thoughts on hiring help? Do you have help? Any of the above? Or trainers, music teachers, tutors, gardeners?