Tips to Consider When Outsourcing

Outsourcing can be a risky decision for your company, you are relying on essentially strangers to do the main tasks for your business. Because of the great risk, there are several different aspects and tips to consider before utilizing outsourcing for your company. 

Select the Right Activities to Outsource

When outsourcing activities, try not to outsource the activities that your business thrives on and sets your business apart from others. But remember, just because your demand increases does not always mean that you need to outsource activities.

First, try collaborating with your pre-existing employees and see if they are willing to take on more demands. But, if that is not successful, then consider outsourcing to decrease the stress on your company and keep up with increasing demands. 

Make Your Website a Priority

Ensure that your website is a top priority. Make sure that you control your website domain. If not, it has the potential to be taken over.

Consider All Outsourcing Costs

Take into consideration all costs, sometimes a company’s vision of their savings does not match with reality. Although the goal is to save money in the long run, there are various fees that come with beginning outsourcing. These can include creating a contract and even traveling to meet the team. 

Determine What is Best for Your Company

There are several options for your business to choose from, but it is important to select the right one that will meet all your specific needs. This process can be long but it is important to be patient and consider all factors. Evaluate pros and cons between outsourcing teams.

Additionally, interview well as you will be working with these employees from a far distance. Because of this, it is important to ask questions and talk long enough in order to get to know the person. 

Take Into Account Others’ Experiences

When looking for different outsourcing teams, you may have access to others’ feedback on their website. Take these into consideration and determine if the quality is worth the price.

Although you do not have to pay for the most expensive option, it is not always best to choose the lowest price. Many times you get what you pay for. 

 Be Patient and Stay in Control

After hiring, do not rush through the transition process. Start with small tasks and then begin to delegate more tasks as you build a relationship.

Additionally, when working stay in control. Choose a staff member to have the responsibility to stay in touch with your outsourcing team. Work towards maintaining a strong relationship. Also, set clear expectations. As an employer, ensure each person has a job description and understands their role.

Write Things Down

Since you aren’t in person, communication can be a little more difficult. Calling can be an effective way of communication, but it is not always the best route. For example, telephones are at risk of technical issues, so sharing important information would not be the easiest. Instead, writing things down clearly communicates information and is also available for employees to look back on. 

Create a Contract

Create a contract and be honest with your work. This can be beneficial for both parties as it provides something to reference and establishes expectations for the relationship. The contract can discuss items such as payments and roles. 

Keep Current Employees Up to Date

When employees find out about your company’s decision to outsource, there can be mixed emotions. Be sure to communicate with them. And, if employees are being replaced, share your appreciation for them or provide other opportunities.

Lastly, be well prepared for any event to happen. For example, there may be an increased demand and your company has to select a different provider.

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Rob RawsonRob Rawson is a co-founder of Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on. (2021, November 24). 15 essential outsourcing tips for better decision making. Biz 3.0. From