Georgetown student advertises for a personal assistant

Georgetown University sophomore Charley Cooper is absolutely swamped.

Between homework, a part-time job, and an illness in the family, he just can't possibly find time to do the tasks that every single other college student in America does for himself. The 19-year old posted an ad on the school's student employment Web site, advertising for someone to help with "some of my everyday tasks."

He's looking for someone to help him three to seven hours per week at a rate of $10 to $12 per hour. From the listing:

"As my PA you will receive an email once a day by 9:00 am with a task list for that day and a time estimate for each task. . . PA example tasks -Organize closet -make bed -Drop off / pick up dry cleaning -Drop me off / pick me up from work -Do laundry -Fill up gas tank -bring car for servicing -schedule appointment for haircut -Pay parking tickets -manage electronic accounts -shopping and running errands -other random tasks.

Doesn't he just sound like a joy to work for?

But the pretentious tone aside (i.e. who does this dweeb think he is?), is it really such a bad idea? If he's got a lot of money and wants to spend $70 per week having someone do the tasks he hates doing, why should we judge him? And after all, he is creating a job.

And if the part-time job he's working in the financial services industry pays more than what he'll be paying his assistant, this could be a great example of wage arbitrage -- paying someone else to do your tasks and working at another task that pays more money, pocketing the difference without actually doing any more work. Perhaps he's a disciple of The 4-Hour Workweek?

Bottom line: For most college students, hiring domestic help is a grotesque waste of money. But it's a personal decision and if it makes sense for Charley, then that's exactly what he should do. It's a lot better than blowing cash on bottles of Grey Goose.

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