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The Essential Outsourcing Decision Guide

The Outsourcing Decision: A Guide to Help You Decide

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Getting Started
If you are considering outsourcing part of your business' operations, then you need to decide if outsourcing will be right for your business over the long term and if it fits into your company's strategic plan. This outsourcing guide is designed to help you decide by framing your decision around a definition of outsourcing, presenting advantages, disadvantages and dispelling myths.

Introduction to Outsourcing

Many businesses use outsourcing everyday, but they do not consider it outsourcing. Today's popular media has given the term "outsourcing" the connation of jobs being shipped overseas to low wage markets (a.k.a. offshoring). Here is a new way to look at outsourcing that can save you money. Read more...

Outsourcing Advantages

First you must consider the advantages to outsourcing in order to determine if there will be any benefit to your business. Evaluate each area that you are considering against each item in the list. Estimate in relative terms, if outsourcing that area would provide that particular advantage to your business. If there are significant numbers to justify outsourcing that process, proceed to the next step and investigate the disadvantages. Read more...

Outsourcing Disadvantages

Once you have decided that the advantages to outsourcing an area of your business make it worth pursuing, you must consider the disadvantages of outsourcing. Perform the same exercise of applying each item in the list to your business and specifically relating it to the area that you are considering for outsourcing. Read more...

Outsourcing Success Tips

Outsourcing success is dependent upon how well you manage the process before and after the outsourcing contract is signed. Many companies award the outsourcing contract to the lowest bidder without understanding what it means to the business and without performing a complete vendor selection process. When things start to fall apart, like missed delivery dates, quality problems occur or bad customer service, the blame-game starts and everyone runs for cover. The following outsourcing success tips will help ensure that outsourcing will succeed in your organization and you will achieve the results you desire. Read more...

Outsourcing Myths

There is a lot written in the popular media about outsourcing. Some of it is true. Some of it is not. Here are the three most popular myths regarding outsourcing that I have heard over the years while working for a consulting company. Read more...

An Illustration: Outsourcing Office Functions and More

Here is a list of some of the most common areas of a business that are outsourced. Maybe you have considered some of these and maybe you haven't. Check out the list and add any that you see fit. Read more...

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