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Thinking about outsourcing?
Maybe you should be.
Outsourcing is becoming bigger and bigger and turning into quite a global competitive strategy.
What are the reasons?
1. Cost Saving
2. Time Saving
3. Quality Improvement
However outsourcing also has risks you have to take into account and ways to prevent things from going wrong
What are the risks?
Before outsourcing an organization is responsible for the actions of all their staff. This is not the case with an independent contractor. This causes legal, security and compliance issues that need to be addressed through a contract.
To prevent any trouble, when outsourcing make a very specific contract with financial and legal penalties, make sure to double check everything and always sign a confidentiality agreement.
Fraud is something to be very careful about and when outsourcing, credit card theft is a major danger.
Double check the company you are about to hire, search the internet, ask for former clients, recommendations and check them as well.
Another risk is whether or not the outsourced company or contractor is qualified enough to take on the job. You don’t want to give your tasks to someone else only to find you could have done it better yourself!
Test the company or contractor before hiring them to make sure they are the real deal! Give them some sample work to do for free and if the quality of the results is what you want hire them for the full job. However don’t take advantage. Do this only if you are in doubt.
At the end of the day, yes there are risks when outsourcing, but you can take measures to minimize or even eliminate them completely.