Outsourcing is becoming more common now than ever, because outsourcing to websites – such as Elance, Odesk and others – brings together employers and contractors to work on one-time tasks or build long-term relationships. If you have not considered outsourcing in your business, you may have a valuable opportunity.
External outsourcing sites – also known as "talent markets" – are places for people who need to do something with independent workers they can do.
There are an astonishing number of jobs that can be outsourced, including graphic design, ghostwriting, phonetic transcription, language translation, editing and proofreading, website development, software development, book cover design, data entry and more. Obviously these things are biased to information processing functions, because they are easier to manage online.
Now let's look at some of the benefits of using outsourcing services.
Compared to doing the work yourself
If the task is not your primary area, other people can do it better and faster than you, and your time is better somewhere. It is also more profitable for you, because you are free to focus on what you can do better, rather than distract your attention and frustrate you from this other action.
Compared to local outsourcing
Sometimes it may be possible to find local suppliers (ie within your city or city) for this work. However, you may still choose to use an outsourcing site instead, for several reasons.
Outsourcing sites facilitate electronic and remote work, and the providers of these sites use this method. Many local suppliers are not familiar with working this way, so the process may not be smooth. For example, they may insist on traveling to them, working only at certain times, not relying on online communication, and having trouble sharing large files, etc.
Outsourced service providers are often cheaper than local suppliers. This is sometimes due to their work in countries with different living costs, but even providers of "rich" countries sometimes offer surprisingly good rates. Often because of low overhead (for example, they may be working from home), specializing in certain tasks, or simplifying their operations in another way.
You also have a greater choice in these outsourcing sites, compared to choosing local suppliers. In general, you get more people bidding for your business, you can review comments and previous business testimonials, and you can choose based on a number of factors.
Compared to hiring staff
If you do not have enough of this kind of job to hire an employee, it makes sense to outsource to work instead. You simply bring the skills you need, which means you do not have to hire employees if you can not work or work in areas they do not understand at times.
Outsourcing can be very effective when you need to team up quickly, work in a project, and then solve it when the project is completed.
Access to the World
Finally, consider outsourcing as a means to help people in other parts of the world and bring the world together.
Of course, one part of this is likely to be a financial benefit to you, some providers are coming from places with a much lower cost of living, so you can accomplish work at much lower rates than local suppliers. However, this can also be a great financial advantage for them, because the dollar often goes over them in their own country.
Apart from financial benefits, you also help service providers learn new skills, work with people from other countries and cultures, and share business ideas and practices. Of course, the same applies on the contrary – because you are also gaining these benefits.
These benefits apply not only when working with service providers in developing countries! Even if you work with people in developed countries, you are dismantling geographic barriers, learning to work with other cultures, and making the world a better place.