Most business entrepreneurs have great talent and the means to run a very successful business. The snag they most often run into is the belief that they can do it all, instead of outsourcing. This mindset can be detrimental to the overall success of their business.
Trying to do it all can lead to hindered growth, lower profit margins and in some cases, failure. Outsourcing for things like technology services creates an opportunity for both the business entrepreneur to focus on what they do best.
In order to create a business that is structurally sound, expandable and profitable, business owners should focus the majority of their time and energy on their personal talents and skills that are most important to the growth of their business and those skills that will most help in the generation of income.
Instead of trying to do it all they can most benefit by delegating certain tasks – and outsourcing for technology services is one of them.
Outsourcing has become very popular and with technology today like the Internet, outsourcing is easy and accessible. Companies can find extremely qualified candidates from around the world right at their fingertips.
What Is Technology Outsourcing?
According to Gartner, “IT outsourcing (as a part of an outsourcing definition) is the use of external service providers to effectively deliver IT-enabled business process, application service and infrastructure solutions for business outcomes.”
Outsourcing can include things like utility services, software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and cloud-enabled outsourcing. It helps businesses and organizations with limited budgets and skilled personnel to develop the right business strategies and vision, select the right IT service providers, structure the best possible contracts, and govern deals for sustainable win-win relationships with external providers.
Outsourcing can enable small businesses and organizations reduce costs, accelerate time to market, and take advantage of external expertise, assets and/or intellectual property.
What Are The Benefits?
Many highly trained individuals have left the corporate world and are available for hire as contractors. Expertise in just about any area a business may need is available. Examples include virtual assistants, graphic designers, IT specialists, accountants, marketers, Public Relation specialist, writers and so much more.
Some of the best tasks to outsource include those that are highly skilled tasks or those have that require trained expertise. For example if you have no knowledge of your IT needs or how to build and maintain a company website, hiring a specialist will be much more cost effective that you spending hours trying to teach yourself. Initially, your cost for this type of work might be a bit high, while the contractor helps to access your needs and builds your site. Down the road however, you most likely will be able to outsource our IT needs on a maintenance basis.
Highly repetitive tasks are also good ones to outsource. Data entry or accounts payable and receivable are jobs that you most likely can do, but they will only slow down your own productivity. Many times you can hire a virtual assistant to help you in these areas for just a few hours a week. This will not be overly costly and will inevitably free you up to work on other areas of the business that would most benefit from your attention.
Executive expertise is another area to consider outsourcing, especially if the business owner does not have great knowledge in this area. Someone that can take a hard look at your business plan, profitability margin and any ideas you have for expansion can be of great insight.
Many times, businesses will hire someone to come in and look over these items just once a month, quarterly or yearly. Their consultations can lead to new innovative ideas that could lead your business to new expansions, higher productivity and higher profit margins.
Most often, the cost advantage far outweighs what you will actually pay out to contractors. Most companies that rely on outsourcing do much better than their competitors.