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In 2005, when personal outsourcing was in infancy, Esquire editor AJ Jacobs decided to run an experiment.  Why let Fortune 500 companies have all the fun?  If they’re able to outsource their work overseas he reasoned, so should he.  And so he set about outsourcing as much of his life as possible, with predictably hilarious and sometimes surprising results.

Jacobs is a gifted storyteller, and you can read his account of the events here, but it’s funnier to listen to him tell about them in person in the video.

Have you ever had your VA plan your wife’s birthday for you? Or read bedtime stories to your kids?

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