Outsourcing refers to transferring portions of work to outside suppliers rather than completing it internally. This is often seen as a company-defining decision, where you relocate your business across the globe. However, you should also consider the benefits of simply outsourcing smaller, non-core parts of your enterprise. Here’s three sectors of your business that you should outsource.
When you try to do everything yourself, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up missing an important email or phone call that could come back to haunt you. At the worst case scenario, that message could have been the difference between slipping into the red or staying in the black. Hiring a P.A. or a company receptionist is a popular move, but hiring extra, full-time employees is always a risk for smaller companies. You could instead look to hire a virtual assistant, however. This gives you all the benefits of a full-time member of your staff, such as managing your email, handling company calls, and ensuring you stay on top of your day, but without the costly overhead. The difference is that your virtual assistant will work remotely, either from their own home or from an agency’s premises.
Storage space can quickly become an issue for even small startup companies. Consider switching to cloud storage plans like Microsoft’s OneDrive service. Microsoft offers the first 15GB of storage for free, but businesses can further expand on this for low-priced monthly contracts. Business users can currently take advantage of to 1TB of data (that’s 1,000GB) for just £5.99 p/m and that includes access to Office 365. To put it into practical terms, an eighteen inch, three drawer filing cabinet would hold around 125,000 sheets of paper. When you convert this into digital data, it would only take up around 2.5GB of data. Cloud storage also makes it easier to work on a variety of different devices, such as another PC outside the office or a smartphone or tablet on the go.
Similarly, a company like TNT Business Solutions could handle all of your mail processes, saving you up to 20% on your current costs. TNT have 38 customer mailrooms across the UK and sort around 8.5m items every year. By acting as your company’s mailroom, third-party services like this offer scan-on-demand options on all your mail as well as both on-site and off-site archiving of all your data for added peace of mind. Whether you’re looking for a physical, digital, or hybrid mail solution, outsourcing this task can free up more of your company time to be spent on more important areas of your business.
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