The Benefits of Outsourcing Locally

November 14, 2012, 4:48 pm Marina Yang Yahoo!7

The case for outsourcing services within Australia instead of abroad...

The Benefits of Outsourcing Locally

Outsourcing locally can both benefit SMEs and support fellow Aussies. Reallocating work to domestic workers helps streamline businesses, reduce costs and increase their efficiency, whilst also fostering employment in Australia.

Support local workers

Outsourcing has become a dirty word in some circles because it brings to mind the drain of jobs to cheap overseas workers. But local websites such as ServiceSeeking.com.au can help you gain all the benefits of outsourcing whilst also keeping the work within Australia.

Online comparison sites like this allow you to compare workers and take your pick of the one that suits your business the best. The talent stays home, and your business gets a fitting employee.

Increase efficiency and focus on what matters

Staying hands-on is important as the leader of your business, but you need to make sure that your time is being spent in the best way possible. The accounts and bookkeeping need to be seen to, but they don’t need to be your priority.

Lighten the load by outsourcing such jobs, and focus on managing core business functions.

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Many a small business gets off to a sluggish start because the leaders are too busy juggling accounting, marketing, IT and human resource chores to spend enough time on growth and expansion.

Avoid this mistake by clearing your plate of everything but the most important tasks.

Cut costs

Training in-house employees and providing them with infrastructure such as holidays and sick leave can put financial strain on an established business, let alone a growing one.

One day when your business makes it to the big time, you might want to consider in-house divisions for tasks such as IT and human resources, but in the meantime outsourcing can help SMEs grow by lowering the cost burden of full-time permanent employees.

In particular, day-to-day IT operations can be stressful and time-consuming. Such tasks can be allocated to a local provider, or alternately, contract an IT support provider for a monthly fee as a contingency plan.

Related: Got Growing Pains?

That way, if a serious computer issue arises, you have someone on the books to quickly solve the problem.

Take advantage of specialised skills

Outsourcing within Australia means that you will get highly skilled workers that are familiar with the local business environment and able to easily adapt to your business.

Your business can get the benefits of a worker’s skills, knowledge and experience in working in Australia. Whereas going offshore means you run the risk of poor communication and, in the worst-case scenario, difficulties in tracking down shoddy service providers.

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