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A new crop of startups promises to take the stress out of using outsourcing services.

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Not so long ago, the word “outsourcing” was a political pejorative that denoted big corporations, job killers, and tax dodgers. But since being coopted by productivity-obsessed Silicon Valley types who chase the promise of a perfectly streamlined life, the word has gotten a linguistic makeover. Now, outsourcing more often refers to friendly companies such as Taskrabbit, Upwork, and Zirtual, which hire short-term contractors for small tasks; and "virtual assistants," such as X.ai, that let any type of professional turn her nose up at scheduling meetings. 

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