Outsourcing at its best. Best way to illustrate 4 Hour Work Week strategy based on U.S Software Developer called Bob.
Typical Bob’s Work Day
- 9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
- 11:30 a.m. – Take lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – Ebay time.
- 2:00 – ish p.m Facebook updates – LinkedIn
- 4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.
- 5:00 p.m. – Go home
Bob’s Performance Review
For the last several years Bob received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.
But. whats the catch?
Here is a simple overview about 4-Hour Workweek, which explores one of the components to lifestyle design:
- Define your objectives. Decide what’s important. Set goals. Ask yourself, “What do I really want?”
- Eliminate distractions to free up time. Learn to be effective, not efficient. Focus on the 20% of stuff that’s important and ignore the 80% that isn’t. Put yourself on a low-information diet. Learn to shunt aside interruptions, and learn to say “no”.
- Outsource your life — hire a virtual assistant to handle menial tasks. Develop a business that can run on auto-pilot. (This is the weakest section of the book.)
- Design your job to increase mobility. This could mean working from home, or it could mean using geographic arbitrage to take mini-retirements in countries with favorable exchange rates.
Last 2 items in the checklist is Outsource your life and Design your job to increase mobility.
That’s what Bob did.
He hired a Chinese Developer to do his work, while he was browsing the internet. After identifying a VPN connection from China, Verizon was asked to figure out what was going on.
Now, question to you.
What do you think that IT company will be doing now?
I think, Bob just set an example for the company to save money. Chinese Developer can write high quality code for a fraction of the cost of a U.S. Developer.