"Do what you do best and outsource the rest."
Peter Drucker-the world master of Business Administration
The story of Laura Lee Sparks who left her job as a law firm manager to launch her own business; she knew from the beginning that there were certain tasks she didn't want to handle. The owner of Legal Marketing Marven- a firm that helps law firms streamline their practices through outsourcing-Sparks practiced what she preached from the start, hiring an outside bookkeeper and slowly adding to her virtual team of contractors. Within months, her business revenues reached six figures.
"Most entrepreneurs have great talents but many times they think they can do it all", Laura Lee Sparks says. By outsourcing tasks, the business owner has more time to focus on generating income and this case is true for software companies also. There are millions software companies all over the world with big projects that they cannot handle by themselves, especially for small firms.
Outsourcing considered as a long term strategy reserved for big business, but technology let it a more accessible tool for small businesses--and for some small firms, outsourcing has made a powerful impact on their growth, productivity and bottom lines. There are many reasons for choosing outsourcing instead of make it yourself:
1. Focus on what you good at
Your Company can focus on what you do best, while an outsourcing partner focuses on what they good at. You could also free up your IT department to focus on value adding projects instead of day-to-day management of issues.
2. Cost Saving
Outsourcing takes away the care of ensuring IT employees are kept up-to-date on all the essential certifications and training. It also means you don’t need to worry about non-wage employee costs including holiday pay.
3. Engage with the experts
Instead of relying on internal resources to cover all knowledge areas, outsourcing allows you to access specialized knowledge on the specific areas you need, from general problem solving to services and networking.
4. Reduce risk
IT outsourcing companies ensure they are ahead of the game and abreast of any changes in the industry. You can mitigate risks by choosing an outsourcing firm that has a high-quality project management system and a tried-and-true process for developing applications.
5. Lower infrastructure investments
Companies that decide to outsource find that expensive infrastructure requirements are cut back. Cutting edge IT systems, state-of-the-art customer service call center and technical support entail heavy investments to companies. By outsourcing these functions to external vendors, companies can keep their investments in these areas very low.
In the end of the day, there are many reasonable reasons for you to choose outsource but there are many things that you must consider, should you outsource all the time? And how can you choose a good cooperator. To answer these questions, please wait for the next article.
(To be continued)