Living a Centsible Life isn’t just about what makes sense in terms of dollars and cents. Sometimes it means making the most of your time and money to focus on what is important to you. After all it is called personal finance for a reason.
I’ve made a decision to do something many people feel strongly against. I’m hiring help-specifically house cleaners.
Every other week we’ll have a cleaning team come in and clean our house from top to bottom (minus the under renovation room). Today they will arrive and no doubt be here for hours deep cleaning one zone of the house and cleaning the rest of it.
I have plenty of reasons to feel that this is a bad decision financially. We are still paying off our debt. The money could go towards savings or our debt snowball. Doing so would help us get out of debt sooner, and keep us focused.
Instead I’m hiring house cleaners to free up more time to earn more. I’m fortunate to have this option I know, but you may have more options to earn more than you think. Focusing on a side gig, couponing, or even spending more consciously may free up more money than you think.
I also am aware that the idea of hiring others in general is a subject that is taut with tension, guilt, and sometimes judgement. Having been in the service industry, and having been paid to help others (car pool pickup, nanny/babysitting, cleaning, waiting tables, etc.) I know that these jobs are often wonderful for people who are in between stages of life, or who want and need the flexibility to work outside of an office from 9-5. That’s not to say it’s all sunshine and roses, I’m a realist after all, but it has benefits you may not realize.
While I’m sure not everyone will agree with my decision, I’m giddy to think there will be no more dusting baseboards and scrubbing bathrooms on the weekend (and let’s face it some weekends it just doesn’t get done).
Ironically the lead up to the house cleaning has my house in better shape than it’s been in months. Go figure.
How do you feel about hiring help? Do you feel it’s appropriate to hire help when you are in debt?
How to Hire Help for your Home
- Ask friends for referrals. This is the best way to find someone who has happy customers.
- Call around for pricing.
- Meet with the company representative. This will tell you a lot about the company, and their service.
- Check their references, and the internet. The internet has made it easy to find complaints for even the smallest local business. I’m also kind of a stickler for doing most of my appointment planning via email-so if they don’t have a website or respond to emails I usually move on.
- Ask around to find out average pricing. While companies may offer you rates to compare, don’t be shy about asking friends or neighbors what they pay for similar service. If the company you are considering comes in really low, be wary.
- Don’t sign a contract right away. Any business that wants you to sign on for 6 months or a year without trying them first is out. Even if you have to pay a few $ more for an individual service, it’s well worth it to make sure you like what they provide.
Do you have any tips for hiring help?
As the internet often goes a few days after writing this I stumbled onto the Happiest Mom and saw that Meagan had written about the myth of doing it all, and debunking the myths surrounding hiring help. You should go and read them, they are much more well written and thoughtful than my own posts, and the comments are a literal goldmine.