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The Link Between Outsourcing and Business Development

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As a team leader or manager, you probably notice from time to time that you have too much work on your plate. However, for some reason or other, you may not be willing to delegate this work. If this situation sounds familiar, then you may want to keep reading. Typically, you may be overworked and with too much on your plate because you want to control the way things are done.

As much as you may not trust another person with a task, trying to handle everything will leave you fatigued and burned out. Here is where the concept of outsourcing comes into play. You find another professional to handle the job for you. To ease your doubts, here are seven benefits of outsourcing:

It Frees Up Your Time

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When you delegate work to someone else, you instantly have more time on your hands. This time can be used to work on a project where your expertise will be better appreciated. If you are in a management position, you need to learn how to prioritise activities. This way, you do not spend too much time focusing on tasks that can easily be handled by someone else.

Makes Use of an Expert

Sometimes we spend a lot of time on one project because we do not know what we are doing. When you outsource a job, you are supposed to hand it over to someone with the necessary expertise. This way they can do it properly, and you can rest easy while they work. Having a professional opinion might also make you rethink the project or activity at hand, and produce an even better result.

It Can Help You Save Money

Let us assume you are trying to develop an application for your business. If this task is done in-house by someone without the correct expertise, you will find that they may take months to develop a working prototype. This time could have been used for other money-making activities. The general assumption is that outsourcing is more expensive that handling something in-house. However, is it not better to pay an expert to do something once and for all, other than trying to do it yourself and then having to call in a professional for damage control?

It May Improve Team Dynamics

When you have a team of people with similar expertise and experience, choosing one person to work on a project can cause some conflict. When you outsource this task, you minimise the possibility of this happening. For an even better result, you can have the professional you have hired consult with your in-house team.

It Offers a Different Outlook on a Project

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If you work on a particular task or assignment for a long time, you develop a biased perspective. This might cause you to overlook errors. Bringing in someone who is not connected to your business gives you access to a fresh set of eyes. This person can assess the project at hand with no bias, and suggest changes or corrections which you may have dismissed or overlooked.

It Can Be Used as a Form of Risk Management

When you hire someone for a job, you do not need to worry about how many attempts they make before they give you the results you need. This is especially the case if there is a written contract. For example, a professional may be hired for two months to develop an application. If in the two months they develop four failed prototypes before a working app, the cost of the failed apps both in terms of money and time is already covered.

Therefore, you can go about your other activities without having to worry.

Allows for Flexibility

In some lines of work, some months may be busier than others. However, it is not practical to have a large workforce that is only fully utilised a few months of the year. With outsourcing, you can hire, for example, professional accountants whom you get in touch with when you are busy. This allows you to maintain your workforce at a reasonable number, without overworking anybody.

In Conclusion

Even with the above benefits, some individuals may not be comfortable handing over full control to someone else. Therefore, you need to find some common ground, for the sake of the business and your sanity. This can be done by sending one of your employees to work with the consulted party. Alternatively, you could request the expert to come and work from your establishment.

Make sure you evaluate a couple of professionals before you make any commitments. To be on the safe side, you could seek referrals from people who have been in a position similar to yours. Additionally, pay attention to the amount of work experience an expert has.

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michaeldeane Michael Deane is one of the editors of Qeedle, a small business magazine. When not blogging (or working), he can usually be spotted on the track, doing his laps, or with his nose deep in the latest John Grisham.
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