Outsourcing Life: Doing The 4-Hour Workweek

Lifestyle Design is not interested in creating an excess of idle time, which is poisonous.
But the positive use of free time,
Defined simply as doing what you want as opposed to what you feel obligated to do.
~Timothy Ferris

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Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. This is what the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris is all about. Whether your goal is to escape the rat race, travel the world, or simply a major career change, “work-life balance” is something everybody wants to experience in this new generation.

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4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

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The book became a massive hit and continues to influence a lot of entrepreneurs and professionals to take advantage of the outsourcing life by using virtual assistants (VA). After all, it should have a positive impact on both your business and personal life and you should be able to conduct business online and work smarter from your computer remotely.

The New Rich (NR)

Tim refers the “New Rich” to be neither the boss nor the employee, but the owner. To own the business and have someone else run the gamut from operations to sales.

So, who is the New Rich?

  • A business owner who eliminates the least profitable customers and projects, outsources all operations entirely, and travels the world, all while working remotely on a website to showcase his or her own illustration work.
  • An employee who rearranges his schedule and negotiates a remote work agreement to achieve 90% of the results in one-tenth of the time, which frees him to practice sky diving and take road trips with his family two weeks per month.

You see, time will keep moving on, no matter what we do. But when you start automating businesses, feel less pressure while doing tasks you don’t enjoy, and generating monthly income with zero management—you are getting somewhere. You are starting to live more and work less!

Outsourcing Life: Doing The 4-Hour Workweek

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The framework of the 4-Hour Workweek lifestyle is structured under the acronym DEAL.

  1. Definition: Replace self-defeating assumptions.
  2. Elimination: Learn to ignore the unimportant (provides time)
  3. Automation: Learn to put cash flow on autopilot. (provides income)
  4. Liberation: Create freedom of location. (provides mobility)


Eliminate, then Try to Automate

Outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for as low as $8 per hour and do whatever you want. You don’t want to spend most of your time on answering customer service calls and emails.

When you can afford to, hire people to do what you cannot, or do not, want to do.~Scott Alan Turner Click To Tweet

One concern people have is the expense. But Tim’s reply to that is to consider what an hour of your time is worth. If you could pay $50 each week to have Friday off, wouldn’t you do it?

Takeaway: Going with a Virtual Assistant services company rather than a single VA gives you a backup in case one person becomes unavailable.

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Income autopilot

Imagine going to sleep every night and still make money; travel to Europe on vacation or do grocery shopping at Walmart—all while making money. The key to income autopilot is:

  • Having a website to sell products all the time

OR –

  • Hiring someone to manage your business, so you don’t have to

Takeaway: Find a way to let your business run without you. A web designer VA can create an online store for you and an admin/sales assistant can manage it. If you were going to leave for that dream vacation next week – what would you do to make sure the business carries on?

Less is not Laziness

The outsourcing life also means to delegate the repetitive, non-income generating tasks. Focus on being productive instead of busy. By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable.

Our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity. But doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater importance is NOT laziness.


Bring Out Strengths, Outsource Weaknesses

Many of us are good at a number of things but quite poor at most. It is far more profitable and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to do all including your weak spots.

So instead of spending three hours of unimportant email to reply to or draining your energy dealing with “difficult” customers, have a virtual assistant take care of them all.


If you are looking to outsource daily business tasks, contact us at 866-596-9041 and we will help you. Virtual Assistant Talent is not just a regular outsourcing company. We help with the process and provide the best talented VAs and manage their activities.

We offer niche specific VAs to fit your industry and we help entrepreneurs in general to launch or re-launch new product and services. Popular clients are:

  • Real estate agents/investors
  • Insurance agents
  • Small Business Owners
  • Start-ups
  • C-level Executives
  • Professionals

As an example we offer a full scope of services such as:

  • Website creation and maintenance
  • Integrating website with 3rd party email service
  • Lead generation / email list building
  • Set up social media accounts
  • SEO/PPC Ads
  • Managing day to day business activities
  • Answering phone calls
  • Send/Reply emails
  • Chat support

And as you get all the leads coming in, our skilled virtual executive assistants will also do the follow-up to help convert these leads into sales.

You won’t probably replicate every single thing Tim Ferris recommends (since we all have our own respective situations) but you can definitely use the same principles to get the same results.

It’s all about having a lifestyle of complete freedom by using the currencies of time and mobility!



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