Fionas_Boy6 months ago

So it looks like by 2018, online outsourcing will be a 5 billion dollar industry. This research report gives all the stats on the state of the industry. That is huge. As per the article, these are the reasons why this industry is continuing to grow: 1. Online marketplaces promote workplace flexibility 2. Businesses get access to global talent 3. Workplace flexibility reduces real estate footprint 4. Businesses get access to inexpensive offshore workers Have you been utilizing this industry for the growth of your startup? Are you outsourcing tasks?  

Corrie19995 months ago

Hello all I would just like to make an intro here to our fellow local businesses. Traditional day rates and pay on results, why one or the other? The choice is yours, not ours. Outsourced lead generation and telemarketing is fast moving to level up with in-house sales and to adapt with the times and more importantly the needs of businesses today we have also evolved to offer as many solutions as possible and will continue to do so. We know that you would have done your research as towards the various methods of outsourcing your telemarketing and or lead generation and so we are also aware that this may be the solution you feel will work best for your business. We will always evaluate the campaign prior to commencement to try and offer you a fair expectation of the best and worst case scenario and this would be related specifically to your campaign or of course if we have a campaign similar already completed or in progress we will be more than happy to provide figures based on such.  

Col Minessota4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">While outsourcing IT operations it is important to recognise that the people and tools you bring in to help are only as good as the processes they work with

Red4 months ago

You must be clear about which service you want to outsource. This is because outsourcing is good for certain services only. For example, outsourcing call center activities to country like India will be fine. Thus it depends.  

Fireboy4 months ago

>The ingredients of successful technology and IT leadership continue to evolve, but the need for strong strategy, vision and IT management – with a savvy approach to risk, compliance and outsourcing – remain as relevant as ever.

Bri19874 months ago

Many small start-ups do not have the money to pay for expensive outsourcing apart from there accountants fees, they are forced to buy some sort of accounts package and learn to enter expenditure and income into this software to both reduce the accountants fees and also understand their financial situation at any moment Marketing, site management, adwords, seo are mainly very expensive items for new start-ups to spend a lot on, so forced to keep things in house as far as possible and learn by forums or text books the basics Often the best advice is your local enterprise unit which are sponsored by government and town halls and free to young companies and start-ups Outsourcing has it's place but the fact is many start-ups are under funded in real terms and even the ones who think they have enough are often caught out with cashflow  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Well it will allow me to increase the wages of my ex-apprentice who is my current assistant in the business. I've been encouraging her to look elsewhere because I don't feel I can pay her enough in relation to the work she does. She likes the business and wants to stay. The bit I'm saving can go to her and I'm happy with that. Yes essentially we do need more customers of course. N.B. Outsourcing works better for some types of businesses than others. As a bricks and mortar shop there is only so much we can outsource and the results of doing so haven't always been so good. Employing people carries many problems with it but you can work at improving the skills of your employees when you outsource it is a bit of a case of take it or leave it.  

Gary19964 months ago

Hello all Just joined this forum with full membership and advised to post here. I am MD of an award winning marketing agency called Metalfrog Studios Limited, Based in new offices in Horsham St Faith, Norwich. Metalfrog is 5 years old and we carry out commercial marketing for B2B and B2C clients. No outsourcing of services is one of our USP's. We simplify marketing and simply get results for clients online and offline. Hope that's enough! Best regards Chris  

Mary4 months ago

From a corporate point of view, I'd instantly be turned off by the amateur nature of the video presentations. Others have covered what is amateur, from lighting to sound to script to message. It would convey you are a one man band or ultra micro and not successful enough to afford professional help. As a corporate buyer, a key aspect in outsourcing something as critical as IT support is sustainability of the business, ultra micro businesses are too risky - e.g. what happens when the owner is ill?  

MechExp4 months ago

Our top tips are available on our website. Of all the advice I believe the following are very important: 1. Make sure you know who your customer is, if there is doubt then get payment or part payment up front. Remember there are some customers with whom you would be better off without! 2 Make sure you get customers to read understand and sign your terms. The terms should be explicit about when you expect your payment. You are better off stating X days rather than upon presentation. 3 Invoice regularly and ensure the invoices are accurate in every respect 4 Plan in chase calls about a week after invoice dispatch and call BEFORE the money is due. This changes the dynamic of your chase activity to a service call rather than a debt chase. 5 Keep accurate notes just in case you need to take action later Include all of the above in your business process and ensure you operate your chase activity consistently, that way you will educate your customer, strengthen your relationship with them and get paid! This activity can be outsourced successfully (see our website for case studies). If you consider this as an option, make sure you are not outsourcing to a “sausage factory”. Undisclosed service, the outsourcer working in your name, focused on telephone contact works best.  

Gary19964 months ago

fisicx said: ↑ That article is full of garbage statistics. Outsourcing is just a new buzzword for things that have been happening for centuries. Ignore and move on, nothing to see here.Click to expand... This! Outsourcing and calculating the effects of outsourcing is first year business studies stuff. I am sure that, in the lost land of Dogger, there was a stone-age flint knife and spear head maker, who asked others to make the shafts and the string and kept a minimum of finished product and the right amounts of string to bind the flint to the shaft. He and the shaft and string maker worked closely together to make ever better axes, knives, spears and arrows and always sought to find new things to make and kept a close eye on the quality as the work progressed. So he and his colleagues were lean, just-in-time, outsourcing entrepreneurs, who formed a ‘Keiretsu’ with a clear policy of kaizen and a strategy for innovation, incorporating total quality management. Fortunately, nobody told them this, or they would have never got anything done! Or as David Ogilvy put it - “Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.”  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Good Morning Chris, I'd be happy to have a look over your business plan for you and provide some start-up advice I run a Business Consultancy and outsourcing firm specialising in start-ups and SME's Feel free to send me a PM and we'll move forward from there. I look forward to hearing from you James  

FordOwner4 months ago

As tempting as it may be, hiring people from abroad for a cheaper price can negatively impact your business. I’ve never had to outsource any of my development work but I have searched for an outsourcing partner in case things get busy (Especially this time of year!). While the lower prices do mean I could get a good profit margin on the work, I do question the quality of the work being produced. I have my own standards that I work to and to be honest, when reviewing their portfolios I’m not happy to put my name anywhere near the majority of developers out there.

petHead4 months ago

I am well aware of what it is. but why in this case cannot it be beaten why don't you just admit your post was a mistaken znd that outsourcing can have some benefits be it for personnel, mentoring or software, but SAAS has no special benefits in this case  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

papverpoppies said: ↑ In this instance is the so called flaming a worse crime than bad company ethics.. Poppy xx I am sorry if I have stepped over the forum line - but this is surely bad business practice.Click to expand... You said it yourself, 2 wrogns don't make a right. so would you rather this thread be deleted and all record removed? Charging someone £12k and outsourcing it isn't illegal, it is a morality issue, and one that the OP has laid bare for the world to see (including her potential clients).  

petHead4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">'If outsourcing work is the status quo, it’s time to reevaluate the norm'

Mary4 months ago

It has been observed that sales people perform well once they have reached the stage of sales meeting. The problem lies in the fact that a large percentage of these sales people are not able to perform as well when they are trying to generate leads. Furthermore, the rapidly changing business environment has made many traditional methods of prospecting sales leads obsolete. Today businesses face cut-throat competition, and if one is not good enough, it dies. To prosper, not only in lead generation and appointment setting but in any other area of a business, it is necessary that one adapts and follows the most efficient and effective strategies. Outsourcing has been an effective solution to many long standing business problems. Organizations usually outsource their peripheral functions. This allows them to focus their major resources on their core activities. So organizations that outsource sensibly, prosper in the long run. Apart from this there are various other reasons why activities like cold calling, prospecting and appointment setting should be outsourced. What do you think? citapreviab2b.com  

Fireboy4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">With retailers outsourcing an increasing number of business processes what are the benefits of outsourcing and how can retailers retain a degree of control in the era of post-modern retailing?

Watergirl4 months ago

Chris Ashdown said: ↑ I am well aware of what it is. but why in this case cannot it be beaten why don't you just admit your post was a mistaken znd that outsourcing can have some benefits be it for personnel, mentoring or software, but SAAS has no special benefits in this caseClick to expand... It is about cost calculations- in case you need personnel or knowledge just for a specific period of time outsourcing is the best choice- easy in easy out. You simply do not need to hire the cleaning lady for full-time in case she has work for 1h a day... My post is not mistaken- I pointed out that in terms of software for startups SaaS is the most logic solution for the lack of resources as long as required features can be provided in this model.  

Gary19964 months ago

Would you consider outsourcing your business services? Why and why not?  

Gary19964 months ago

Chris Ashdown said: ↑ What on earth has SAAS got to do with it, perhaps you can explain how a SAAS offers benefits over a none Non SAAS solution's in this particular caseClick to expand... Saas is outsourcing since you do not develop the solution in-house. Regarding benefits of SaaS we have asked our customers why they have chosen SaaS as an outsourcing model: Lower costs (76%), Access to talented designers and developers (70%), Transfer of activities, that are not main areas of company expertise, to professionals (63%), Increase in flexibility of the business model (56%), Improving relations with customers (42%), Development of new products and services (37%), Geographic expansion (33%). As you see still there is a space for other outsourcing models and in-house development.  

Bri19874 months ago

billmccallum1957 said: ↑ Are you not looking at this with a biased position, given that you work for an outsourcing agency?Click to expand... Well, I've worked with freelancers and remote teams a lot so... it could be that I may be biased. It's just what I've also been seeing.  

Mary4 months ago

>In-depth reports and whitepapers for successful technology leaders. The need for strong strategy, vision and IT management – with a savvy approach to risk, compliance and outsourcing – remain as relevant as ever.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Outsourcing is a great way for startups to reduce costs! I personally provide back end office support and I know many of my clients do not want the pressure of having to pay a full time member of staff each month. Starting a business can be stressful enough and outsourcing allows companies to grow but without the stresses of having to pay for a full time member of staff.  

Fireboy4 months ago

Automating as much as possible, outsourcing everything that I am not 100% confident with.  

Porker4 months ago

The benefits of outsourcing all or part of your HR function include increased efficiency, reduced costs, added flexibility and mitigated risk. We can act as an outsourced Human Resources department, assist existing HR practices or simply give advice when ever you need it. Our services include: Access to a dedicated team, all of whom possess a wide range of different skills. They will get to know you personally and look after all your HR needs. Provision of all the necessary HR processes, procedures and documentation needed to keep you legally compliant and running effectively. Management of all your HR administration, using our cloud based Human Resources software on which either an Administrator in your office or our team will maintain your documents and records. Compiling and administering weekly / monthly payroll changes and liaising with payroll providers. We can help either on site, at a venue of your choice, or from our office in Cheltenham. An immediate response to any HR problems or issues. Pre employment checks for new starters and exit interviews for leavers. Absence management, including return to work interviews. Managing the flow of personnel information for third parties such as pension and benefit providers. Annual right to work checks and personnel file audits. If you would like more information, please email [email protected]/* */ You can get more information about our services at: www.workplace-hr.com/outsourced-hr/  

Col Minessota4 months ago

A lot of clients use the email provided by their host. Some forward this to gmail. Takes seconds to do. Nobody has ever come to me to ask for gmail migration. I don't even know what gmail migration is. I'm sure there are some people that get involved in active directory whatnots and MS exchange problems but it's not something your average web designer will be sorting out. Your tagline is jargon filled and confusing. You mention three different things: gmail, G Suite and Google Cloud with no apparent connection between therm. And the word outsourcing still makes you sound like an Indian call centre. I did read the rest of the page and to be honest I hadn't got a clue what most of your services are. I have no idea what a G Suite is or if I need a Google drive or Google cloud. You are still assuming many web designers set up gmail for their clients. This is the bit that doesn't feel right. If a client wants a gmail account I will point them in the right direction but I'm not going to set it up for them. And I doubt they will want to pay you to do it for them either.  

FordOwner4 months ago

sirbrandy said: ↑ Online marketplaces (e.g. Upwork, Freelancer) are relatively new though and the report point more towards this trend -- not those that have been "happening for centuries."Click to expand... Are you not looking at this with a biased position, given that you work for an outsourcing agency?  

Corrie19994 months ago

Outsourcing

Hi, I own a software company with offices in UK and Eastern Europe- which had been opened last year (operational cost are 50% less). We have expertise in everything IT – complex web applications development, software quality, web design, video editing, SEO marketing, content writing, clients representatives call-center, IT services, Cloud hosting. I have a 10 years experience in IT fields business and our employees had been trained and certified in IT areas. Now I’m looking for new business connections and opportunities and bellow I tried to present what we can offer now: - Taxi Dispatch packages – end-to-end solution. We’re looking for potential resellers or partners for new convergent businesses/projects. - Outsourcing IT services and development – experienced and reliable development& services teams. We’re looking for new clients or consultancy companies for establish partnership on IT area field. - Business relocation consultancy – based on our experience we can provide on request consultancy for UK companies willing to relocate a part/all IT services to Eastern Europe (legally, operational, culture, expenses). - Joint Venture – We’re opened to any business opportunity when there is a win-to-win concept. - We can act as a bridge if intending to recruit new professional employees. - We’re ready to involve in new business structure when it comes to relocate your business or opened new ones in Easter Europe (Romania) where we can be partners, representative or part of the group. Cheers, Johnny  

Fireboy4 months ago

@fisicx good points but let me clarify My target audience don't know I exist, and don't know what I offer. They do know the product (email & specifically Gmail) but I want to communicate to them that those products are not (may not be) their core business and so they should consider outsourcing rather than getting involved. I already get a good proportion of work from Web Designers that don't want to get involved in the nitty gritty of email setup and migration. But there are 300 billion web designers that don't know I exist and so not benefiting from my services to their clients. So a want to create a landing page that can be the target of various marketing activity that make these pool of potential business referrers aware that I exist and that I do this service. ( I'm in the process of getting permission for a few relevant testimonials btw ) So now, ignoring the stock images and CTA buttons - what should the story be in your mind?  

Mary4 months ago

There are pros and cons related to outsourcing. There are some areas that are better than others for those purposes. It depends on the kind of business, the experience of the managers in certain fields, the needs of the company, how many departments it has, the budget, etc.  

Matchmaker14 months ago

What really worries me about this outsourcing farce (ignoring the security, quality etc) is that what does this mean for accounting trainees in the UK? Does this mean that they will spend their training contracts being provided with a set of accounts that they have to "review"? How will they learn how to do it themselves? I mean lets be honest how many partners/senior managers in the mid sized firms know how the accounts production software works?  

FordOwner4 months ago

I’m unsure what your business model may be but if you’re planning on creating a face to a company and outsourcing development behind the scenes, just make sure you’re happy to sell what they sell you.

Corrie19994 months ago

Personally I disagree with the location element as a necessity because in this day and age it is quite possible to do it entirely via phone/email. I work with clients all over the UK and while I occasionally meet with local clients (mostly for large projects) I find it easy to collect information from customers via email then discuss concepts on the phone or skype. I would advise people to stay VERY well clear of freelance sites. They are often full of very cheap outsourcing with poor quality, in my view. What I always recommend to people, along the lines of contracts is look for guarantees. So many people are locked in for 12+ contracts, big deposits etc etc I do all my sites with no minimum term, no upfront fees just a monthly fee and get so much work because of it. If your work is any good you should not need to lock people in or take cash up front! I also prefer the monthly cost model because I have an on going relationship with my customers and my survival is directly tied to providing an on going good service. Finally I give people a free trial so they can try before they buy, sure I get the occasional time waster but mostly I get very grateful SME's who get to save money... Not saying this as an advert for my business, but more because there are now lots of similar companies where they offer monthly fees (not site builders, I am talking bespoke sites for monthly fees) and would always suggest people give them a go, after all you are only risking hundreds instead of thousands (or nothing for those doing free trials). I would also say be most careful of sending deposits outside the UK, losing UK legal protection is a big deal. Well thats my 2 cents  

MechExp4 months ago

Former management consultant Marson and colleague Ed Ainsworth quit their jobs in 2000 to set up software outsourcing and consultancy firm, 4C Associates, with £900,000 of theirs and private individuals’ money. Still a fledgling business and 16 person set-up, it has secured FTSE 100 clients including AstraZeneca, Boots and Prudential and is set to make £2m to the end of 2003, with £4m projected for 2004.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Ever thought about addding some Zest to your business? Well now you can by using Zest4biz. By operating an easily understood pricing structure ( the £325 answer is correct) and providing a complete service to the small and start up business community our aim is to grow your business whilst you work in and on the business. We are Zest4---the name typifies the approach we have to your business, we are excited, and have a Zest4 your business. Some companies use us as a total outsourcing marketing and sales department others use our telesales campaigns and market intelligence services. We also provide marketing plans to help keep marketing activity on track with your capacity to handle new work. We operate on a flat fee basis, the more you use us the better the rate for the job. We can be used in tiny bite sized chunks to take into account your cash flow as you get on your feet. Phone us for a chat anytime to see what our energy can do for you!  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

If you have enough knowledge, experience and time then you can fill your tax return your own.Also if you are a startup then you should hire outsourcing company for your tax return and preparation services as it would cost you less than a local accountant and you can give more time for your business growth.  

Pete_W4 months ago

To me outsourcing rather than in-house is a bit like having pizza deliveries rather than home cooking. It works well when you are very busy but not something you should be thinking about doing long-term. There are a few exceptions of course in most industries. In the building industry, for example, 50 years ago ready-mix concrete delivered to site was not used much, but now is used almost exclusively.  

Mary4 months ago

Well depending on content it could be but I struggle to see how profitable for you particularly if you are outsourcing design etc. Alluphere stop being mischievous you know Lucie has said in other threads she's a qualified marketing/pr person .  

Corrie19994 months ago

95% of the small businesses we work with expand via outsourcing and 'employment' is just not for them.  

Red3 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
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