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Should You Do It Yourself or Hire Help?

The instinct to be as self-sufficient as possible and to tackle tasks on our own is deeply embedded in American culture, and also pops up elsewhere around the globe. Whether we're talking about making home repairs, filing tax returns, getting organized, or running errands, we tend to want to do as much as we can on our own.

While there's a lot to be said for this DIY inclination, it also has its downsides: trying to tackle on our own tasks and projects that require significant investments of time and/or specialized skills can mean spending way more time and money on something than we would if we brought in a pro to help--not to mention having to deal with the frustration of a half-finished project or unsatisfactory results.

Here are five questions that can help you decide what's worth handling on your own and when it's best to call in help.

Ready to divide your projects list into those tasks you're willing and able to handle yourself and those you want to delegate? Check out next week's article for suggestions on how to beg, borrow, barter, or invest in some outside help.

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