Remote Outsourcing – 5 Myths To Know in 2020
Company founders often get confused about outsourcing because of the misunderstandings surrounding it. They are not able to distinguish between remote working, outsourcing, and other similar terms. It is partially due to the absence of data available. There are many myths that surround outsourcing. Business owners don’t if they should outsource or build their team in-house.
At FindFirms, we see a lot of our clients fall victim to popular misconceptions about outsourcing. This is why we have curated this list to clear out major myths that surround outsourcing and remote work. These are the 5 myths –
1. Poor English
English has become the number one language all around the world because of globalization. This has caused offshoring countries to adopt English as the official business language.
As you can see above, popular remote outsourcing countries such as Poland, Slovenia, Czechia rank in the top 20. This shows that there is no dearth of English-speaking offshoring countries.
2. It only makes sense to hire Remote Teams for IT and Financial Divisions
Although IT and Financial Divisions seem to be a major part of outsourcing, nowadays, all businesses can reap the rewards of external teams.
Areas that are emerging in outsourcing are SEO, translation, localization, content marketing, research, etc.
All these services are highly-specialized, thus maintaining an in-house team could be quite costly, especially for growing businesses. Thus, organizations should turn to remote outsourcing providers to save on these expenditures.
3. Only Big Organizations Do Outsourcing
One of the biggest myths around outsourcing is that only big companies do outsourcing. It is not true at all. Many small and medium-sized organizations are embracing the trend of moving internal processes to third party specialists. And research indicates that this number is expected to grow.
A huge number of SMEs hire external agencies to deliver exactly what’s required instead of wasting time with part-time workers or interns.
4. It is impossible to Overcome Communication Barriers
Many organizations fear communication disruptions while delegating work to remote external teams. It is definitely important to establish an efficient communication model with any outsourcing partner for efficient and profitable collaboration.
Luckily, collaboration and productivity tools such as ClickUp, Trello, Podio or Asana exist which allow teams to connect are dispersed geographically. These tools also enable efficient project tracking.
A remote outsourcing team must understand each role involved in the project for these solutions to be effective.
Companies can ensure a secure and traceable exchange of information by defining communication metrics such as frequency of call, SLA requirements, or escalation procedures.
5. It is difficult to work with different Time Zones
In projects which require frequent meetings and immediate communication, dealing with different time zones can be a problem. But, in most cases, these problems can be easily solved.
Some of the services which don’t need constant oversight or immediate response are web development, content creation, database management, etc.
Also, there is some time overlap in most outsourcing arrangements which leaves room for real-time communication. Many remote agencies can adjust to the client’s schedule since they work flexible hours.
Some organizations actually think of time zone gap as an added advantage – When they work with remote outsourcing staff, they get the benefit of “follow the sun” working model. With this model, they get around the clock continuity of workflows which allows them to increase responsiveness and avoid delays.
Scale Your Business By Hiring Remote Teams
Now that you know about all of the misconceptions which surround outsourcing, you should consider hiring remote teams to grow your business. Outsourcing processes to trustable agencies can allow you to speed up your growth and scale your business.
As Larry Elder said, “Outsourcing and globalization of manufacturing allows companies to reduce costs, benefits consumers with lower cost goods and services, causes economic expansion that reduces unemployment, and increases productivity and job creation.”
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