Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Kandace H0
Outsourcing? How To Select The Best Service Provider
Most, if not all, companies in today’s business world outsource at least some of their services. Outsourcing allows companies to more economically access a service outside of their core business knowledge and expertise. Companies outsource several operations—most commonly payroll, shipping, printing and accounting.
Cost is a major consideration when choosing whether or not to outsource certain services. The big question is if outsourcing an operation will be less expensive than if you were to fulfill it internally. If the answer is yes, you will certainly want to consider outsourcing. Next, you should evaluate several companies which can meet your outsourcing needs. You will want to get service quotes from each of them and determine if they will be able to deliver quality outsourcing for a price that fits your budget.
For example, if you are looking to outsource shipping, you should evaluate several shipping providers. You would need to ensure they are able to provide timely and reliable shipping. A fulfillment specialist from Meyers Transport Ltd recommends making sure the company you’re considering has an adequate fleet, which can meet your business’ shipping needs. You would also need to know if they offer warehousing services, if your products require storage during the shipping process. Answers to these questions determine what shipping company is right for your business.
If you want to outsource payroll, again you would receive bids from multiple payroll companies. Inquire into a payroll company’s operations, including software used and payroll turnaround time. Based on their answers and price, you can find the right company to meet all of your payroll needs.
Determining the right questions to ask, based on specific criteria to meet your business needs, is essential in choosing an outsource provider. If you ask each provider the same questions, you can compare answers between outsourcing options, look at price, and make an informed decision. However, determining your business and outsourcing needs is the first step.
Outsourcing just makes sense in business today. No business can be an expert in every aspect of running a business, and hiring experienced employees to staff every operation can become expensive. Outsourcing allows you to access experts in a certain field to meet your business need and allows you to focus on your area of business expertise. With the right selection criteria, outsourcing can be both cost effective and beneficial for all involved.