Let me start by saying I do not believe in completely hands off automated business. The market changes, competition gets tougher and some things that work now will not work forever. That been said, there is A LOT you can do to work less by automating and outsourcing tasks to people that often, will do things better than you.
I can teach both novices and people with experience outsourcing, techniques to find better people faster at lower costs. If you think you know how to outsource because on the title of your jobs you put "Please answer how much is 2+2 in the top of your application" to weed out bad applicants from good applicants, you really need to talk to me, I can give you a whole new toolset to finding the top guys.
Automation and outsourcing go hand in hand. Somethings should be automated, others should be outsourced. Stop doing the same thing over and over, and put your time to better use.
Outsourcing and Automation can both become a competitive advantage, as you can get things to work with less costs, as it can diminish your work on tasks that you don´t enjoy, freeing your time to work on the things that you like and matter most or to just have more free time for yourself.
I have spent more than 100 thousand dollars on freelancers, and I can give you a lot of great tips that will save you time, money, but most of all, will get much better results.