Outsourcing can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how and when it’s done. If you don’t outsource the right job at the right moment, your entire company could end up suffering. Work that is integral to your company may end up in the wrong hands.
On flip side, if you outsource when it makes sense to do so, your organization may profit a great deal. Employees will have more time to focus on important projects and won’t waste their time on less important ones. Unfortunately, knowing when to outsource is easier said than done.
Here are some examples of when it would make sense to outsource:
Example 1: Your company has new project on hand. Your employees’ skill set doesn’t match the necessary requirements.
It may end up being a complete waste of money and resources if you try to keep the project in-house, when it’s not part of your in-house employees’ job descriptions.
If your in-house team primarily has experience with the implementation of an infrastructure, you might want to outsource work that involves scalability, as implementing and growing require different sets of skills.
Some members of your team might be versatile with their capabilities. This is why employee evaluation is so essential: you will have an idea of who can handle what tasks and who cannot, thus reducing the chances of outsourcing incorrectly.
Example 2: Your employees have the necessary knowledge for the project, but not the time.
Time is valuable. As such, it should be spent doing what is most important for your business. If your in-house team is already busy with their regular work, then they might have time for specialized projects. If this is the case, then it would make sense to outsource. You just need to decide WHAT to outsource: regular work so that your employees will be able to focus on the project, or the project so that your employees will be able to continue their regular work.
Example 3: The project isn’t essential to the core goals of your business. It can be completed without a strategy.
If the project is essential for achieving a strategic goal, it might not be a good idea to outsource it. The most important work – particularly where goals are concerned – should be kept in-house.
Tasks can come from every direction. Work comes in many forms. Any task that doesn’t require a strategy can be outsourced. If it has a defined end goal, you may want to consider outsourcing it. Leave anything involving a strategy in-house.
Example 4: You’re NOT an IT company, but still have a few tech requirements here and there.
If you’re not an IT company, you really don’t need to invest in your own tech team. There’s no use in investing in IT equipment and upgrades since you could just outsource to companies that do have equipment and invest in upgrades. Also, there’s no use spending money to train employees to use equipment that your business really doesn’t need in the first place.
On the other hand, if technology does play a huge role in your organization, you should go ahead and invest in upgrades and employee training.
Example 5: A certain activity is draining more resources than it should.
When more resources and energy are used on a task than what the task is actually worth, it would make sense to outsource. Save your resources on the things that matter most. Hiring an outside contractor to take care of the less important tasks may end up being the cheaper solution in the long run.
Example 6: Your in-house team is organized and willing to work with outside contractors.
You don’t want your in-house team worrying that they will be replaced. They might not like the idea of having to work with outsiders. If there is any disorganization and mistrust in your company, there will be a lot of problems if you try to outsource. It would be in your best interest to wait until there is harmony among your current workers. Earn their trust. Get them to understand why you are thinking about outsourcing some tasks, and the importance of communicating efficiently with the contractors.
Example 7: You can find ideal candidates for the job.
Even if your employees are willing to work with outsiders, there’s still the possibility that the outsiders won’t work with your employees efficiently. Only outsource work to contractors if they have a good reputation. This should be a no-brainier, yet so many companies make the mistake of outsourcing work to the first contractor who offers cheap rates. Communication and a willingness to work with others to get the job done are more important than cost.
Now you have some ideas of when to outsource. Knowing when to outsource is one step – knowing to whom you should outsource is another. Spend a lot of time evaluating your options, and never rush into a decision.
This article was written by Charles Henry of Renters Insurance.net a company that finds affordable renters insurance for people within the USA