Busy Professionals: 5 Services Worth Paying For
As a busy professional, you need to look professional and find more time for the most important tasks on your to-do list. That’s what these five strategies are for: making your life easier, making you look good, and helping you get it all done in time to relax and decompress before another busy day.
Consider what your budget will allow for and how you can use these services to be more effective, all the while making time for the things you care about most.
1. Pay-as-You-Go Office Space
If you’re a busy freelancer looking to expand your business, one service worth paying for is office space—for a number of reasons. The first is that it helps you present yourself as a professional when meeting with clients:
“If you’re meeting with new clients, you need to put your best foot forward. Renting an office space allows you to meet clients in an environment where you have access to everything you need from technology to modern furniture,” explain experts with The Office Club.
It also gives you with a chance to network and host your own events. When working for yourself, it can be hard to connect with other people outside of conferences—this makes that easier, allowing you to create valuable contacts that can help you grow your business.
2. Concierge Service
A professional concierge service will be your best friend as a busy professional. While all services differ in pricing and what’s offered, most are standard across the board. For services, you can use concierge to get groceries, go to the pharmacy, and drop clothes off at the dry cleaner. They can even do small tasks like, food prep, addressing and mailing holiday cards, scheduling appointments, cleaning your home, and handling personal needs while you’re out of town.
Most companies charge an hourly rate, and may even give you your first hour free to make sure you’re happy with how the process works. The best part: you can even use local concierge services when traveling, or ask about this service offered by the hotel, which may make your stay less hectic and more comfortable.
3. Wash and Fold Laundry Service
Laundry is time-consuming, especially if you’re out of the house at 7am and don’t get back until well after dinner. By the time you kick off your shoes and get into comfortable clothes, the last thing you want to do is laundry. Take this task off your to-do list once and for all by using a wash and fold laundry service. And that’s not all, according to Why Dry Clean Compared to Machine Clean?, other benefits include:
- Delicate process: A soft washing process and mild washer rotation cleans your garments delicately.
- Preservation: Dry cleaning maintains the “new” look of your clothes. It rarely causing shrinking or fading.
- Deep clean: Tough stains will be gone after a trip to the dry cleaners.
- Better appearance: Dry cleaned clothes will be returned to you without wrinkles.
Note that most dry cleaners will offer a wash and fold service for all of your items, not just “dry clean only” clothing. Simply drop your laundry off and wait for a notification that they’re folded and ready for you.
4. House Cleaning
At the end of the day, when you don’t feel like doing laundry, you likely don’t want to spend that time cleaning either. Keep your home clean by paying for a house cleaning service:
“If cleaning takes you hours and you hate every minute of it, hire a housekeeper and devote that time to something more productive,” says Ilene Jacobs with Care.com.
The cleaner(s) can come while you’re at work, so you don’t need to worry about sharing the little time you have to relax with someone else walking around. And, if you’re worried about budget, Jacobs suggests finding someone to deep clean just once a month.
Use a site like Angie’s List to find a 5-star rated, high quality cleaner that fits your needs and preferences. For example, you may be able to find someone who uses all eco-friendly cleaners if that’s important to you.
5. Virtual Assistant
If your house is being cleaned, clothes are being washed and other home tasks are taken care of, find someone to handle the business version of those tasks. A virtual assistant can manage a wide variety of responsibilities for you, from posting on social media to screening phone calls or qualifying leads from your website.
When looking for the right person, Tina Forsyth, CEO of Tina Forsyth Consulting suggests asking potential assistants the following three questions:
- What are your goals for the next three years?
- What could get in the way of doing your best work?
- What would you recommend as our first steps if we were to work together?
A virtual assistant can also help make you look more professional and sought after. When potential clients can’t get through to you directly, you appear busier than may actually be—which is usually a good thing.
Do Less, Get More Done
Use these services to make your life easier while getting everything done. Keep your house clean and your clothes fresh, and make sure all calls all answered by paying for a few services that will free you up to be more productive and successful every day.