Don’t Fall for These Common Misconceptions About Outsourcing
At some point, every small business is going to be faced with this problem. Perhaps you’re knee-deep in a project and you’re finding that you don’t have the employee numbers to meet the deadline. Or maybe you’ve got a job position that needs to be filled but you’re not sure you can justify an in-house employee.
If you’ve never engaged with outsourcing before, then it can be hard to know what you’re in for. Thankfully, we’ve got your back!
Here’s a quick list of the most common misconceptions about this practice.
It’s the most expensive option
Many believe it could end up costing you more money than doing the job in-house. Of course, this depends on the type of job you’re looking for. It also depends on whether or not you’re looking at short-term costs or long-terms costs.
Let’s say you’re looking for design assistance on a project, for example. Using a designer who is already under your wing would save you that cost. That much seems obvious.
But if you’ve already got a designer that can do the job, why are you looking at outsourcing? It’s more likely that you don’t have the in-house resources that you need. So it’s outsourcing versus hiring a new designer. But hiring a new employee costs, remember!
There’s the cost of recruitment and possible of training. There’s the cost of giving them the equipment they need. And, of course, there’s the annual salary to consider!
With all of this considered, outsourcing quickly emerges as the cost-saving option. This is, in fact, why many business owners choose to outsource!
The quality of the work won’t be as high
Many business owners remain convinced that doing a job in-house will produce the best results. After all, you will be able to oversee every aspect of the job.
You’ll have employees on the case who you employed because they impress you. When you outsource a job, it can become somewhat of a mystery.
When you can’t oversee everything, it can become difficult to image the results can be better.
But an outsource company could very well be exactly what you need if quality standards are high!
A big advantage of this practice is that the workers on the other side can put their full focus on the task. They won’t get bogged down by the micro-tasks like the target (i.e. your) company’s employees will.
If you’re looking at a digital agency, for example, make sure to check out their portfolio. You will likely find work there that will make you dismiss your worries!
They won’t fully understand the stakes and risks
Because they’re not directly part of your office, it’s easy to dismiss outsourcers as clueless about the importance of a given job. And it’s true that the risks for them may not be the same as the risks for you. But it’s important to understand that not delivering on a job to your standards carries huge amounts of risk to them, as well.
Outsourcing companies rely on their reputation.
I know, most companies do, right?
But an outsourcing company’s reputation is linked inextricably with its product and results.
They can’t afford to let you down!