To Outsource or In-House? Here’s an Easy Guide for Startups

When you have just scrambled together your very first startup, it’s certainly tempting to take responsibility for every single task. You’ll wear a lot of hats and improvise to make it work, and it’s all just a part of business life – but sooner or later, most business owners find themselves a bit too deep in.

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You are supposed to be managing the business and make sure everything is taken care of, but that doesn’t mean that your business needs to take care of everything.

You will, in fact, find great relief in outsourcing a few of your processes and here is your go-to guide on which ones to select.

The mundane and repetitive

Try to think about your company like this; there are the tasks you do for your clients, and there are the additional ones that always follows any company. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the business of baking wedding cakes or the recruitment sector, most companies share a set of mundane and repetitive processes.

Tasks such as payroll, for example, bookkeeping and accounting are one of these. The work is more or less the same every week, and by not spending any more time on it in-house, you’ll free your hands and mind to focus on other things.

A lot of business owners realize the benefits to not handling these tasks themselves, either because they feel under-qualified or because they simply don’t have time, so they assign it someone else in the company. Not by hiring a dedicated crew to take care of it – just training someone in the company to do it.

It’s a bad idea for a few reasons. First of all, you’ll spend valuable time on training an employee who you probably hired to do something else. Next, your skilled worker won’t get the chance to focus on their actual job as they’re so busy handling the bookkeeping.

As a third and final reason, many business owners notice much too late that their employee couldn’t handle the tasks properly – and the company suffers.

IT and Digitized Tasks

You don’t have to spend time and resources on assembling an IT crew unless you run an actual IT company. Besides, you get so many great benefits from outsourcing it as many offer managed services, meaning that they’ll perform proactive maintenance and spot IT problems before you even knew you had them.

Outsourcing gives you the luxury of receiving an entire team of experts to back you up, help you out, and even open up for opportunities you’d never be able to offer your clients before.  

Everything that can go digital should do so immediately. It makes you less dependant on the office, opens up for remote work, and everything will be stored in a cloud in case of an office disaster. Although you don’t have to go completely paperless unless you want to, the more you manage to ship into the clouds, the better.

Small companies can reap a lot of benefits when they find a good company to outsource to, mainly because they’re often very knowledgeable and resourceful. Consider the tasks you’d be happy to rid yourself of and hunt down the best companies to help you out.

It will make a huge difference to the everyday processes of your company, and you get to focus on doing what you do best – managing your business.

Just a regular computer user. I write for regular users like me. When we grow up we are taught basic security tips like how to cross the street. But we are not taught how to take care of ourselves online.