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The Delicate Balance of Outsourcing Tasks in the Corporate World

Last update on Oct. 13, 2016.

The Delicate Balance of Outsourcing Tasks in the Corporate World

The drive for greater efficiency through the outsourcing of various different corporate functions will continue to put more work into the hands of professional firms who are happy to receive them.

Instead of maintaining a large internal staff of lawyers, accountants, engineers, and computer specialists, corporations have turned to a new management model where in-house staff merely coordinates the work of a collection of outside vendors.

Although the hourly costs for outside professionals are higher, corporations save money because the outsiders are not needed full-time.  By outsourcing many of these backroom functions, Mangers can properly optimize the disbursement of precious capital to areas that can provide proper scalability for that company.

One of the most difficult aspects of running a business is creating the cash flow needed to sustain it.  We are constantly reminded that cash is king and the long-term ramifications of spending inefficiencies are the cause of many corporate failures.  Whether you’re bootstrapping, working on a loan or having to report to investors, managing finances and keeping operational costs low is always top of mind.

The key question corporate executives ask is how do we decide whether to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves or outsource the job to a specialist?

The decision-making process centers around whether the cost of outsourcing is less than or greater than the cost to handle the job internally.

At a small startup, it’s uncommon to have a team member that can fill every role. You might have a superstar who can double in another competency, a technologist and a social-media guru, but you can’t always expect to also have a lawyer act as an accountant. And these are business areas that are critical to overall corporate development. When it comes to writing up legal documents and paying taxes – even startups are cautioned to work with a professional.

The constant advancement of Technology allows these outsourced professional firms to create new tools and products that provide these types of value–saving opportunities to companies of all sizes. While it comes with a shadow of limited benefits and inferior infrastructure, it allows this service sector to build financial stability for companies of all sizes.

Objective data and efficient workflows are keys to making informed decisions about how best to determine what should be brought in-house and how much should be outsourced to professionals who will provide support in various areas of business.


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