This book is about making your life better. That may seem like a stretch considering it’s a “how to” book on outsourcing, but it's the absolute truth.Think back to when you first started your business venture.How did you envision the outcome of your hard work? What was your end goal? Most of us are fueled by the idea of providing a well- lived life for ourselves and our loved ones. I’m guessing that was your goal too.What is your vision of a well-lived life? It may look like freedom to travel and explore exotic beaches and cultures. Or maybe it looks like ripping down the freeway in a vintage sports car. Maybe it looks like creating enough time to coach your kid’s soccer team. Or maybe it’s some combination of the above.My point is that more than likely, at this point in time, the demands of entrepreneurship may feel more like suffocation than the well-lived life you’ve imagined.You are working your tail off as an entrepreneur. You’ve made it this far; you are the boss, you are the creative force, you are the engine that keeps everything running. And you have the grit to grow, evolve and build the business empire you’ve imagined from the beginning.The principles in this book will leverage your current business situa- tion and deliver you into your ideal well-lived life. Hence, The Out- sourcing Lever. When you learn to outsource the right way, you will xcreate more freedom and time, two essential ingredients in every well- lived life equation.I know because I live the outsourcing life every day. And let me tell you...life is good.I work on average 17 hours/week and spend tons of time with my wife and kids. We travel and explore, we volunteer at our church, we play hard, we eat lunch together...it’s my dream of a well-lived life. And it wouldn’t be possible —financially or time-wise — without outsourcing.When I hired my first virtual assistant (“VA”) from the Philippines in 2005, I never dreamed I would eventually connect hundreds of thou- sands of entrepreneurs with VAs from the Philippines. I had no idea that I would help provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to people in the third-world-Philippines who would otherwise struggle to find lo- cal work.But here we are. And between the principles in this book and some competent Filipino VAs, your business horizon is about to explode too.I don’t want to mislead you into thinking outsourcing is all ‘roses’ — that it’s ‘super easy’ and you can hire someone who will run yourbusiness ‘from day one.’ It’s not.Outsourcing takes hard work. You’ll need to train your VAs thor- oughly. You’ll have to work with them through mistakes. You’ll build a relationship with them the same way you would with someone working in your office. You’ll learn and grow together; this book can guide you through the process.xi And I promise, if you’re willing to push through the minor challenges of outsourcing, it will return 100xs over on the time and money you invest.Hiring long-term, full-time help is exactly what your business needs to advance to the next level. With talented workers from the Philip- pines and the help of this guide, that level is within your reach.You’ve worked hard to earn the well-lived life, and you can start NOW.