Outsourcing, a globally acknowledged concept, is known as a cost effective and time-saving technique. The biggest companies around the world have been outsourcing their manufacturing projects, administrative tasks, customer support, design and the list goes on.
Businesses in the Middle-East, on the other hand, are finally (yet very slowly) starting to adopt it. Nevertheless, people in the region still have a lot of misconceptions around outsourcing.
And here is what are the most common ones:
“How can I guarantee that I will like the work?”
It’s easy to doubt a vague situation. But outsourcing is not only about throwing the task to a service provider, and completely forgetting about it until its due date. Outsourcing needs planning and most of all ongoing communication! If you want to learn more about how to successfully outsource, you can check the article: “Beginner’s Guide to Outsourcing [Part 3]: The 6 Step Process” which explains the step by step process to getting the results you want every time.
“Outsourcing means only hiring freelancers, and I can’t rely on them!”
Let me set things straight: outsourcing means delegating a task to an outside supplier or service provider whether it’s to a freelancer, small agency, big agency, etc. As long as that project is not done through your in-house employees you may call it outsourcing. Moving on, it’s quite obvious that most people think that freelancers are not good enough which is why they can’t find jobs and end up freelancing, but believe me the most talented people have personally chosen not to commit to a 9 – 5 job in order to pursue their passion.
“Outsourcing means very very cheap services”
I’ve said it before in a previous article, and I’ll say it again: every service or task has an average market price, you can’t expect service providers to get your work done for a price below the minimum, especially if you want that service urgently and with high quality (which is the case most of the time). Yes, there are cheap services out there, but is that extremely cheap service going to serve your business right? Wouldn’t you rather pay the average price for someone who has more experience in the field? Plan and set your budgets before you start outsourcing.
If you’re new to the outsourcing industry, you can always read the “Beginner’s Guide to Outsourcing” series.