When we think of outsourcing, we tend to link it to workers that you’ve never met in other countries, a drop in the quality of customer service, and cost-cutting.
But this shouldn’t be the case.
Many businesses use outsourcing to, yes, cut-costs, but also to help them to expand. As a digital agency, companies often outsource their digital marketing and IT maintenance to us, and, having seen the results and the benefits that this outsourcing provides first-hand, we can honestly say that it’s something that all business should at least be considering.
Lower operational and labour costs
If your business is looking to increase profits, reviewing how much you spend should be at the top of your to-do list, and in the forefront of your mind as you move forward.
Outsourcing is a way to cut the costs of both your operations and your workforce, without handing out redundancies. By examining the way in which you want your business to expand and identifying the areas where you would have to invest in hiring new employees, training, or new equipment, you can choose to pay other companies to handle certain areas of your business for you.
Compare two different business plans: one in which you handle everything inhouse, and one in which you outsource the more expensive activities on your agenda. The latter will probably work out much cheaper.
Stop spending all your time on the boring stuff
Many companies use outsourcing to delegate time-consuming, but essential processes, such as finance, website maintenance, and copywriting, to external agencies. This frees up some time to work on the more exciting aspects of their business.
This isn’t the only time-saving benefit of outsourcing either. By paying someone else to handle a portion of your team’s workload, they can use that time to get more done. You can effectively double your productivity in this way.
Gain new skills without hiring and training new employees
As much as we would all love to hire new people whenever we need them, sometimes it’s just not financially possible.
You can push your business in new and exciting directions without the hefty increase in outgoings, by outsourcing work to companies that have the skills and knowledge you need.
One of your clients may be asking you to do some work that you don’t have the capabilities to complete at the moment, for example. By outsourcing this work, you’re only paying for the time to complete it, without the extension of hiring new employees or carrying out additional training.
Improve processes that just aren’t working
Sometimes, try as you might, some processes within your business just aren’t going as smoothly as they could be. Your marketing strategy might not be attracting enough new leads, your sales team may not be sealing the deal as often as is required, or your project management might just be a bit all over the place.
Other companies will have tried and tested methods of creating smooth, functional processes that get you the results that you’re looking for. By outsourcing the planning or the management of a certain process, you can look forward to increased productivity levels without dealing with the stress in the meantime.
Getting on board with outsourcing opens the door to many more options and opportunities for your business.
If you’re ready to lighten the load a little, you should start by doing some research into potential companies to outsource to. The most important aspect of successful outsourcing is good communication, so make sure that you’re confident you’ll be able to get in touch with them when you need them.