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Advantages of Outsourcing Your Business Needs

Jul 30, 2008
Outsourcing is rapidly increasing in popularity. Some of the largest companies in the UK use it to their advantage. Sky, for example, outsources some of their call handling and sales. This means Sky can focus more on business strategy. But, it isn't only big business that can benefit from outsourcing.

Small businesses often benefit more from outsourcing than larger businesses. A smaller business can't always afford to take on a full-time web designer, lawyer, accountant, sales person, and marketing expert. Instead, they can use expert service providers when they need them. Here's how outsourcing could benefit you:

Have Expert Talent On-Tap

When you're a small business, you may find that you and your management have to be the jack-of-all-trades. You are setting up computers, doing the accounts, marketing your business, closing sales, and even doing office repairs. This is great if you've got lots of spare time, and you're an expert at all of the above. Most people aren't. And that's why outsourcing benefits smaller companies more.

When it comes to your accounts, you can outsource to an accountancy firm. When it comes to your marketing, you can commission a marketing agency. It's possible to outsource nearly everything; even a virtual assistant to answer your telephone calls.

However, keep in mind that no two service providers are the same. You should spend just as much time and attention in hiring a service provider as you do when taking on a member of staff for a full time position. You need to be able to rely on your partners when you need them the most.

Leverage the Global Marketplace

If you're a UK business then you may find that the hourly rate of hiring someone in the UK will be more than five times higher than the wages you would pay someone somewhere else in the world. You should therefore be able to save significant amounts of money on labour expenses. As a small business, it's unlikely you will see many benefits in setting up an office overseas, but you can still benefit from cheaper wages in the developing economy.

You will not be able to outsource everything overseas, but you will be able to outsource some tasks. Software development, customer support and administration are popular functions to ship overseas.

Flexibility to Grow

Outsourcing can give your small business the flexibility that it needs to grow. Some businesses can't afford to have too many or too little sales in one week because their infrastructure doesn't allow for it. When you outsource your sales, however, you can ask your marketing agency to work longer hours and drive more sales in the quiet periods. And you can ask your supplies to increase or decrease their work to fit in with the growth trends of your business.

When you're managing a small business, the last thing you want to do is take on full time staff when the outlook for the economy is dire and your sales volatile. Outsourcing enables you to scale up or down rapidly as well as enabling your business to quickly seize any opportunities that may come your way.
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