When applying for jobs online or even when just simply browsing, a word seems to jump out a lot these days – “outsourcing”. It is one of the most popular terms today, especially in the world of business. Basically, it is subcontracting a set (or sets) of services to a third party. Call centers, automobile companies, and other enterprises are now joining the outsourcing, as well as off shoring bandwagon.
Why Businesses Opt for Outsourcing
Generally, companies go for outsourcing to be more cost-effective, or to gain access to skills that are not readily available within the confines of their enterprise. Summing it up, some companies seem to have the opinion that outsourcing could provide the needed resources they lack, and immediately, and that it would hurt less in the labor and manufacturing costs area. Actually, a lot of the reasons why outsourcing is gaining popularity go parallel with the various advantages that it provides.
Advantages of Outsourcing
Outsourcing seems to offer benefits that could mean success to businesses, not to mention their survival, in this cutthroat world. The most pronounced advantage to this method would be the cost-cutting effect it would render. Assembling companies, say automobile or other machinery ones, simply import already-manufactured parts and just put them together. It lessens their costs of production, and also, perhaps the accumulated interest when purchasing raw materials.
If they simply buy a large amount of components in one go, then store them in their warehouses, there will only be one percentage of interest to pay for. Along with this, outsourcing also results to cost re-structuring when it changes variable costs to variable fixed costs. Moreover, labor obtained from outsourcing also tends to be cheaper.
Together with enjoying reduced costs when simply bringing in finished parts and assembling them, doing so would also mean a speedier production. Compare having to make lines on a clean, blank sheet of paper to make graphs to already having graphing paper ready and merely inputting points and lines and bars. Clearly, having ready-made components stowed away then accessing them, and simply putting them together would be faster. Manufactured goods could be sent to the market immediately, and this means instant profit (providing it sells well).
Speaking of time, outsourcing also enables a seamlessly twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week kind of service. Since outsourcing is availing of a service from a different location, this could mean different time zones as well. For example, when a Group A’s work hours are over, a certain Group B from across the globe can hop in and take it from there.
Now, outsourcing is a good way to ensure the quality of work output. Outsourcing not only provides a company a way to legally (and easily) access intellectual property, it also enables enterprises to tap into expertise pools. As already mentioned, outsourcing is a way for companies to gain skills that can be too taxing, not to mention resource- and time-consuming if they were to develop them inside the organization.
It is also part of the procedure to have contracts that ensure quality service and products. Monetary penalties or some other form of punishment are usually provided for when failure to comply occurs. This provides a constant pressure of doing a job well.
Looking at these aforementioned reasons, it is no wonder now why outsourcing is very popular these days.