If you’re just getting started with outsourcing, the question above is bound to arise. You want to find out what tasks to outsource and the ones to keep back within your business premises. Indeed, determining what should and shouldn’t be outsourced is a great starting place for using outsourcing solution.
Well, there are factors that influence the choice of business tasks to outsource and the ones to handle in-house. In essence, there are no straight-jacketed determiners or criteria in terms of what you should outsource and what you shouldn’t. It all depends on the following;
First, you have to sit back and determine what your needs are. For instance, are you swamped with work that you don’t have time to attend to the core aspects of your business? Then, it’s time to look at those tasks that are consuming your time and taking your attention away from the core tasks that will build your brand.
When you determine those time-consuming tasks, the next step is to decide if you should outsource all or still leave some in-house. You may decide to leave some tasks in-house due to their sensitivity or other factors. You are the one to make the decision.
2: The Cost Difference between Outsourcing and Hiring Full-time Employees
Also, another factor that will determine what to outsource and what not to outsource is the cost difference between hiring an outsourcing partner and hiring a full-time employee.
As you probably know, huge cost saving is the number one reason companies and businesses of various kinds outsource business tasks. Particularly, if cost saving is your major reason (which is usually the case for almost every business using outsourcing), you should weigh what it will take to outsource or hire full-time staff.
Subsequently, you can decide accordingly. Often, it costs far less to outsource call center, marketing, web development or other business function than hiring the skill in-house.
The Nature of Your Business Tasks
Most business tasks are repetitive in nature – e.g. bookkeeping, accounting, help desk and other administrative tasks. These sorts of tasks can eat deep into your time and gradually steal your attention away from focusing on tasks that will give your brand a competitive advantage.
So, it’s always a smart move to outsource most repetitive tasks and focus on those activities that will help stand your brand out from the rest. You are likely to have rest of mind outsourcing most repetitive tasks than keeping them in-house.
What You Want to Achieve with Outsourcing
Also, what you want to achieve with outsourcing will help determine what to outsource and what to keep back. Those things you want to achieve may include huge cost saving, access to large pool of assets, and faster production time.
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