Outsourcing increasingly gains recognition and importance to various companies, both locally and globally. It is even sought as an alternative and efficient approach to reducing workload and resource pressures by companies or corporations of various ranges, such as large manufacturing and business corporations, medium- and small-sized business corporations, and even some private and small companies.
Company functions or jobs that are commonly outsourced include: book keeping and financial services, business consulting, human resources services, internal marketing, medical billing, proofreading and editing, transcription, writing and translation, data entry, DTP/typesetting, handwriting services, legal services, animation and multimedia, software and technology, web design and development, and computer-aided design (CAD) and/or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
Outsourcing enable companies to save significant amount of resources such as money and time since jobs get done and services are paid at lower cost. Moreover, they are even able to gain access to more potential workforce and further positive projections.
Companies however, have some important things to consider before getting themselves into outsourcing. First, they must come up with a master list detailing which in-house activities are needed to be outsourced, and then ranked them by priority. Second, companies must carefully assess and choose which outsourcing companies they plan to engage with. Similar to hiring a regular/full-time or part-time worker, evaluation on the outsource provider s work and experience profile will be helpful to make sure that expectations are guaranteed. Lastly, companies still have to maintain management over the outsourced jobs or services. Assigning an in-house assistant to supervise outsource providers assures that desired level of output are achieved.
Generally, outsourcing provides an alternative solution, particularly for companies that strive for competitiveness, allowing them to focus more on immediate and important fundamental tasks and issues, while other particulars are handled by the outsource providers.