You did it.
You registered your startup.
The first time anyone’s done that since World War II! But, who’s going to-dispatch the emails, manage spam, run reminder services, create those reports, do the online research and argh…. Yes, run your social media campaigns? Wait.
It’s easy. Business school taught you to get value-adding employees, right?
No, It’s a startup! Do you really want to hire an employee to carry out those tasks?
Isn’t it clear that’s too much load on your payroll?
A Sneak Peek Into What Savvy Startups Do
Lee Kuan Yew said, “If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you’re putting yourself out of business.” That statement resonates with your situation, doesn’t it? Maybe you’ve heard outsourced work is crap, how then do you create value with it? If this is you, then you may be killing your startup.
Agreed, outsourcing has its cons, but this post gives you the walk-throughs. Let’s get to business.
1. You Spend Too Much Cash On Too Much Trash
Research, has shown that, the superfluous spending of startups, constitutes the top ten killer-factors affecting moribund startups. The last thing you would want, is to be part of specimens for the next research work.
Your startup will certainly be preoccupied, with the trivialities, inherent in running the everyday business. If you don’t intend losing out on consequent benefits, those little projects need to be carried out.
And, what better definition of efficient can there be, than securing terrific value with so little resources.
Your gripe over outsourcing, may be having to weed out the trashy applicants and discover the best the world’s got to offer.
The problem with this, you spend the very currency of business, “TIME,” so you willy-nilly get the worst of both worlds. But, welcome to the 21st century!
2 Ways Technology Helps You Cut Through The Fluff
You Get Proof Contractors Know Their Stuff
With the influx of freelance websites into the outsourcing market, you can look up the portfolio pieces of freelancers.
Need someone to update your startup blog? A freelancer with a portfolio link to quality content created for a blog should be perfect.
You Don’t Pay If You Don’t See Results
Five bucks may mean nothing to Starbucks. But your startup can’t afford losing it to a guy from Pluto, who delivers crappy results because he’s got nothing to lose.
Most freelance websites have an escrow system in place, so your five bucks, stays safe till you get results.
And if you’re thinking, I still get to spend time communicating with the freelancer, getting updates until delivery day, and that’s so not my thing.
Well, who says you can’t outsource the hiring process?
2. You Lose Out In Competition For Customers
You love burgers.
You’ve always known you could make this stuff. So you get a place. It’s four blocks away from McDonald’s. Everyone you told is sad. Except your Grandma.
How the hell do I beat these guys!
Well, what makes McDonald’s stand out is…. PERCEPTION.
No one cares if your burger was made with flour from Mars. McDonald’s has hordes of consumers maintaining the company’s soaring perception.
But, what builds perception? Accessibility!
And this is where outsourcing keeps you up to speed.
How Outsourcing Enhances Accessibility
You Reach The Unreachable
Your competitors can’t access the markets bordering Iraq. Insecurity hitches. You fantasize about the prospects of conquering that market, but you can’t access it. If you never knew, freelancers could.
Outsourcing severs language and other barriers. The good news, you smile to the bank. The bad news, your competitors frown to the creditors.
You Stay Evergreen
To flourish in a “24-hour society,” you must be a “24-hour business.” Look out for any service your competitors don’t provide round the clock. Outsourcing these services means you now provide them 24/7.
With regular checks to ensure value isn’t compromised, you’re good to go. And who said stealing your competitors’ customers is bad for business!
3. You Increase Risks If Market Testing Goes Haywire
In need of a prospering startup? You need to access new markets. New markets mean new customers, but aren’t you being overly optimistic?
Yes, I know you need that aura of positivity around your startup.
This shouldn’t make you dread failure either. Your startup needs to be prepared for the worst the business world’s got. If you’re asking, is there a cheeky way to bypass this?
How Outsourcing Diminishes Market-Testing-Induced Risks
You Learn Without Spending
When you test new markets with full-time employees, there is one problem. No one cares if the process is successful. You have bank accounts to keep afloat at the end of the month, and if you don’t, anyway tell the rest to the IRS.
How does outsourcing come in here? Outsourced jobs have the most flexible contract terms, so if your studies are fruitless, you keep your cash.
You Understand Demography
So you’ve spent nothing, but what’s the point anyway if you’ve as well gained nothing.
NO! You’ve gained something. You’ve gained experience! You understand demography! Let’s say your startup sells baby toys. Your market testing result shows you can’t break even supplying those. There aren’t too many babies in the area, but your studies also highlight an important demography. 78% of females in the area are aged 25-35.
This means…in a few years, those baby supplies will be needed. And yes, you’ve registered that presence with the market testing. With the perception thing working for your startup, guess who’ll be the go-to firm for those supplies in a few years?
Errm how much have you spent so far again?
4. You’re Always Late
Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
The greatest strategy of your startup may become toast in seconds.
You need those results, and you need them immediately. The problem is, if your employees are clueless about the task at hand, you would be spending money on personnel training.
Wait, outsourcing can do the magic!
How Your Startup Can Save Time
Your startup blog needs someone posting jaw-dropping content. Oh! You just remembered the person must understand the intricacies of search engine optimization (SEO).
No stress here. Your secretary with a B.A in English can handle that. But, she doesn’t know a thing about SEO, and you heard a course on that costs a ton and takes six weeks.
The thing is, you have too little to spare. But who says you can’t outsource that task? The benefits you ask? How does getting results that are timely, evergreen and optimized sound to you?
Now that’s my definition of outsourcing!
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