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It’s a new year and a lot of people are talking about making more money. In the Facebook groups I frequent there are tons of tips and blog posts relating to this very topic. However, as an entrepreneur who is creating my own life, I also know that when I look at making money, I need to do so in a way that’s in line with my values and the changes I would like to see in the world.

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Take for example the topic of outsourcing. I work as a Virtual Assistant. If people didn’t delegate (frankly I prefer that to the term “outsourcing) their work to me, I wouldn’t have the clients whom I love and adore. So I am all for delegating work that you can’t or don’t want to do to others. It’s how you find and create joy in your business.

Thoughts such as, “If you want to make $1,000,000 in the next 12 months your time is worth $500 an hour. The first thing you need to do is QUIT doing $10 an hour activities. Here are some things you really need to outsource…” are very common. And it’s something that I believe in as well. I know that I feel so much better about my technical skills when I’m working for my posted rates, rather than the wage paid by an employer. Where I take exception is where the author of that particular quote when on to say that if you can pay someone $10/hour to do those things, then why would you do them yourself?

My question is: why would you pay someone $10/hour or less when it isn’t even a living wage? If your goal is to create abundance and prosperity for yourself, then why would you deny it to someone else?

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There is not any state in the US where someone can rent an apartment and live on less than $14/hour. Looking at outsourcing to other countries may not be the answer either because though you can pay less, you need to still make sure you’re paying a living wage. We might think that a few dollars an hour is a living wage. After all, they’re “over there” (fill in the country), but as standards of living rise, what we perceive as a living wage may be paying them less than minimum wage.

It’s on them, you say, to set their rates. Maybe they don’t want to be outbid in a market where people do work for less. You don’t know what someone’s situation is. Someone picking up a few hours, even here in the US, may have less salary requirements than someone who is supporting a family of four. It’s not on us to ask. But it is on us to set the example for the change we want to be–and the change we want to see–in the world.

So I ask you, when it comes to delegating your work to others, are you paying a living wage, or are you increasing your prosperity at the expense of others’?