We’ve talked about the multitude of reasons to outsource, but this post is different. Outsourcing can be the best decision you’ve ever made for your business if you implement it in the right ways. If you’ve made the decision to start outsourcing, you can do it two ways: The right way or the wrong way. The wrong way – the outsourcing don’ts – are the focus of this post.
Learn about the biggest outsourcing don’ts and how you can avoid making these mistakes below.
The 10 Biggest Outsourcing Don’ts
- Don’t go with the first provider you find on Google. Do your research before settling on a provider to outsource your work to!
- Don’t discard a possibility just because their current plans aren’t a good fit. Ask for a custom plan and you’ll be surprised at how often providers will adapt to your needs.
- Don’t prioritize cheap over cost-effective. Cheap services do cheap work. Cost-effective services cost what they’re worth and trust us – paying a little more will be worth it.
- Don’t outsource too much too soon! It’s tempting, but the best way to start outsourcing is by getting your toes wet, outsourcing a few tasks and analyzing the returns and results.
- Don’t keep paying for too much office space if outsourcing enables you to cut down on your on-site staff or tasks. Move to a smaller space, or try a home office to save more money.
- Don’t pay for additional services you may not need simply because they’re offered at a low cost or the provider representative does a great job “selling” them to you.
- Don’t expect automatic efficiency and cost savings when you start outsourcing. Be critical and evaluate the returns and results you get from your provider.
- Don’t skip the online reviews when you’re shopping for a provider to outsource to. Other business owners’ opinions are one of the best indicators of how effective an outsourcing service will be.
- Don’t micro-manage your outsourcing provider. Do your homework before you begin the working relationship. Get all your priorities and requirements out in the open so there are no surprises.
- Don’t work with freelancers when you’re outsourcing unless they have stellar credentials and references. When possible, outsource to a provider or agency. There’s more protection for your business this way.
More outsourcing resources
Looking for more tips on what to avoid and what to look for when you start outsourcing? Check out these great resources to learn more about outsourcing effectively.