Checking credentials – ABN, industry tickets, insurance
Engagement – scheduling dates, times, pricing, scope of work
Communication – cancellations, easy to contact, response time
Testimonials and reviews – how do we clarify authenticity?
Experience – have they knowledge & proficiency in similar jobs
Customer service – after sales support
The alternative is that you can outsource to a service that does all of the above for you, saving you valuable time and energy.
Your objections to outsourcing
The service is too expensive: You are paying not just for the service but for the knowledge and years of experience. A good quality service will have extensive database of trusted service providers ensuring requests are handled promptly. A detailed service history of prior tasks for follow ups and reminders so you have less to think about. Records will also include lifestyle preferences, to enable the providers to manage your tasks with the least disruptive experience.
Why would I pay someone to do the things I can do myself: Your tasks are still not being completed, other commitments are taking priority over your time The jobs undone are still mind clutter which impacts work and relaxation, sometimes causing stress and overwhelm.
My tasks are too complicated, it’s easier to do it myself: Compiling a detailed brief doesn’t take as long as you may assume, the tasks appear larger because they are clutter in your mind with the multitude of other thoughts. Once they are delegated you will be surprised at how freeing the process is.
Have you ever sat down and calculated the cost of you to doing all the “life admin” – what else could you be doing?