Thursday, August 15, 2013

Small-Scale Outsourcing: Lucrative?

Early on in his first term, President Obama’s administration made some claims that they will be bringing the jobs back home and putting some pressure on outsourcing by ending tax breaks to US companies that engage in heavy outsourcing operations.

A lot of companies didn’t agree with clamping down on outsourcing as a means to get our people back to work once again; if anything it could even work against the small entrepreneurs and startups by making the financial barriers to profitability that much harder to scale.

Further examination of this issue doesn’t make it any more sensible. We all belong to a wholly global economy now, and utilizing manpower and resources overseas to accomplish business goals on your home country is a practice that isn’t going away.

Inevitable and Profitable

One way or the other, we have to outsource, and the solution to getting people employed here once again is not to prevent outsourcing, but to create new ways to do business that take advantage of the rich availability of offshore manpower and resources.

For the small entrepreneur such as myself, I have had some moderate success in farming out tasks and even entire projects to contractors outside the country. It has gotten to a point that I have decided to expedite forming an LLC that offers outsourced services to my fellow small entrepreneurs.

For as long as they have stable internet connectivity and have a solid command of the English language (either that, or you yourself know how to speak their native tongue), this could be the way to grow your business without getting mired in overhead costs. Below are some distinct points that highlight the advantages and dispel some negative myths on small-scale outsourcing.

Competent Professionals are Available

Just as there are incompetent people in just about every nook and cranny all over the civilized (and even uncivilized) world, there are those who exhibit excellence in their work. You, as a business owner, would like to be able to get the best talent you can afford. To compromise on that by getting a higher paid, less-qualified individual because he/she just happens to be from the same country isn’t good business sense.

No doubt, you’ve heard of some horror stories of outsourced projects going awry thanks to people who don’t know what they’re doing, but the reason for these failures aren’t mainly due to the fact that the work or tasks were outsourced, but because they were outsourced to the wrong people, or ill-managed by the project managers that were in charge of monitoring their progress.

Not Everything Has to be Outsourced

This is something most alarmists aren’t considering when they proclaim the evils of outsourcing and how it takes food away from the American family’s dinner table and provides some terrorist the funds to buy their bombs. You’d think this is an overly gross exaggeration of some people’s sentiments, but look around the internet for a bit and you’ll see this kind of thinking being propagated.

As I mentioned, the key is to utilize the offshore resources to create even better jobs for the local professionals. It takes some out-of-the-box thinking and a broad perspective on what is possible, and that’s something that makes a pioneering entrepreneur stand out amongst his/her peers.
With these insights, I enjoin all the aspiring entrepreneurs out there to partake of the best of what the world has to offer, and grow their dream businesses using the power of outsourcing!

About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and maintains a blog with her gal pals, Word Baristas.

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