Rather than spend time and money to hire or train full-time employees, many companies hire an outsourced team. Outsourcing your business processes helps to increase productivity and efficiency and free up employees for more meaningful work. From payroll to customer service to advertising, outsourcing is a flexible way to bolster your capacity without increasing costs or headaches.
Prioritizing Mission-Critical Projects and Tasks
Tasks that are expensive, technical, or simply time-consuming can be given to an outsourced team.
For example, data entry requires manpower but little expertise. Outsourcing data entry can free up valuable employee time and get the job done more quickly.
IT services, by contrast, are commonly outsourced due to their high degree of complexity. Instead of investing in a lengthy training program, a business can hire a specialized team to complete the project much more efficiently.
According to Clutch, small businesses are most likely to outsource technical tasks such as accounting, IT services, and digital marketing.
Outsourcing any of these processes can lead to significant savings that can be reinvested for growth. Meanwhile, you liberate employees from mundane tasks to accomplish meaningful work.
When selecting a vendor, balance the need for savings with quality. If in-house employees have to fix the mistakes of the outsourced team, you don’t end up saving resources or time. Make sure to carefully vet an outsourced team before deciding to work with them.
Leveraging the Full Day for Getting Work Done
You can increase productivity by outsourcing to different time zones.
Say a team in India is handling your customer care. Now your business can offer customers around-the-clock support.
If your software development is done in Ukraine after you close for the night, you’ve accelerated your project timeline without increasing costs.
Outsourcing the right processes lets you boost capacity, increase efficiency, and conserve employee resources at once.
Price and availability of talent vary by global region, so choose a time zone that suits your needs, budget, and expertise.
Whether in Europe or Asia, it’s important to work with a vendor who’s responsive and reliable. Successful vendor partnerships are based on clear communication, expectations, and follow-through.
Eliminating Extensive Training
Outsourced workers are trained to complete a specific job.
By tapping into this on-demand expertise, you can eliminate costly and expensive training sessions for in-house staff.
According to The 2018 Training Industry Report, employees receive an average of 46.7 hours of training per year at an average cost of $1,075 per learner.
Instead of investing that money into training employees for one task that might only occur one time, you could be using it to grow more projects and opportunities.
Hiring one or more trained experts is an effective way to ensure your project finishes on time and is a success.
This is especially true for skill-intensive work like software development or IT, as it’s infeasible for in-house employees to be trained on these skills in a reasonable timeframe.
Meanwhile, the high demand for skilled computer labor can make it difficult to hire IT and software workers within the U.S.
Outsourced teams are a flexible way to add on-demand expertise to your roster without imposing costly training on in-house employees.
Cutting Costs With An Outsourced Team
Outsourcing is a quick, flexible, and cost-effective solution to both mundane and expert-level tasks.
Consider an outsourced team if you’re looking to save money and bolster your capacity without hiring a full-time employee.
The original version of this article was first published on Future of Work.
Emily Clark is a Content Developer for Clutch, a platform for B2B research, ratings, and reviews. Her research helps companies make informed decisions about the development firms they partner with.