5 Strategic Outsourcing Techniques for Your Small Business

Posted on January 8, 2015

For most small business owners, outsourcing can be a “scary” word. But it does not have to be that way. Through strategic outsourcing, you can leverage the broader expertise that only outsourcing provides and give your business a head start.

Outsourcing may seem to be daunting task that adds more moving pieces to your small business. But if done in the right manner, it can not only give you access to expertise, but can also free you from tedious work and enable you to focus more on effectively running your small business. Here are 5 steps that you can follow to make the most of outsourcing.

1. Identify business needs

Take a good look at all your business tasks and find out the tasks that are taking longer, because you are doing the work on your own or with a small team. Business areas like accounting, IT support, recruiting, shipping or photocopying are some of the tasks that eat away the time from small businesses. The first step to successful outsourcing is to identify the parts of your business which could benefit from knowledge and speed.

2. Start by outsourcing small projects

Developing an outsourcing relationship with a service provider begins with getting an idea about how they work. For this, it is better to start by outsourcing a modest business task, rather than outsourcing a large and complicated project. For example, if you require recruiting services, first ask the vendor to help you find a new administration executive, before you ask them to for a new project manager.

3. Do the paperwork

It is important to develop a non-disclosure contract in place, when you outsource a project. This is critical, because you will be sharing business information with the vendor. Make sure that you create the paperwork yourself. This way, you can ensure that you are protected. 

4. Stay open to vendor ideas

Although a service provider will work on your project as directed, do not hesitate to ask for their opinions and advice. For instance, if the vendor is setting up your wireless network, he/she may have better ideas on how to increase your security level as well. By staying open to the expertise of your service provider, you can bring in more benefits for your business.

5. See outsourcing as a business opportunity

Outsourcing does not have to only mean setting up a huge call center in India or having hundreds of business consultants changing your business. You can instead use outsourcing on a more modest scale to release you from business tasks that are taking up too much of your energy and time. From logo designing to HR services, outsourcing can be useful at multiple levels. The key lies in devising an effective outsourcing strategy that works for you.

Still hesitant about outsourcing your small business needs? Want to know more about how outsourcing works or the process involved in starting an outsourcing venture? Leave your queries and feedback in the comments box below. We, at Flatworld Solutions will be glad to respond to you.

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