Common Myths About Outsourcing

Written by Chloe Harwood

If you have ever explored outsourcing tasks for your business, there’s a good chance that you have heard one of the many myths about the process. Some are positive, while others are negative, and it can be hard to find out the truth. So, we’ve put together several of the top myths about outsourcing – take a read and let us know what you think.

It’s a compromise of quality

This is one of the major issues that business owners struggle with. How can you expect someone to do a better job than you, or hire and train someone to do it the way you want? We will take a closer look at training in a moment, but in many cases, outsourcing can do a better job for you. So, apologies for the dent to the ego! If you find an expert in their field to help you with certain tasks, they will have the time, knowledge and experience that you don’t.

You will waste time training agents

The way that outsourcing works is pretty simple. The third party will get to know you and your business, and you will give them a brief of what you expect them to do. However, you will also have to spend time training them on your expectations. At first glance, this might appear to be an unnecessary time drain, but you should look at it another way. First of all, the work needs doing, and without someone helping you, it isn’t going to happen. Secondly, you would have to train up a member of staff anyway, so why not save on the costs of an employee by outsourcing? Finally, if you find a great company that you will have a fruitful relationship with for many years, a few weeks is nothing in comparison.

It’s expensive

Outsourcing is only as expensive as you want it to be. And, in the vast majority of cases, it will be cheaper. Put is this way – if you are worth around $200 per hour when you are doing your most profit-raising task, you should spend more time doing that. Leave the most menial tasks to a third party firm. Take the outsourcing specialists at, for example. You could hand over all those time-consuming data entry tasks for a fraction of the cost of your hourly rate.

Only large companies can outsource

Companies of any size can benefit from outsourcing work. Anything that distracts you or your team from doing what they do best can be given to someone else. It will leave you with more time for profitable activities. Also, it’s a chance to lean on the expertise of someone with far more experience than you. It can open up new ways of working and bring key knowledge of areas of business you didn’t know existed. So, don’t put all thoughts of outsourcing out of your mind. It can be hugely beneficial, and it isn’t necessary to be a large multinational to get those benefits.

What are your thoughts on outsourcing? If you have any tips to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Chloe Harwood