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10 Reasons for Startups to Be Wary of Outsourcing

In general, we are fans of Out of Office work, and enthusiastically recommend it for workplaces where it’s feasible. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody. In the article “10 Reasons for Startups to Be Wary of Outsourcing”, Marty Zwilling cautions new businesses against outsourcing too much of their work. Many of these things apply to other Out of Office work as well, even if your organisation isn’t a startup company and even if you’re talking about telecommuting rather than outsourcing.

Here are the 10 common misconceptions Zwilling cites about outsourcing:

  1. “With outsourcing, we won’t need many managers.”
  2. “With the high-speed Internet, our workers can be anywhere in the world.”
  3. “Let’s cut costs by outsourcing all from this point forward.”
  4. “Fixed price bidding is the only effective outsourcing model.”
  5. “Fair compensation is the lowest price we can negotiate.”
  6. “I expect everyone working for me to adopt my culture.”
  7. “Current workers will manage the outsourcing as I grow.”
  8. “My IT budget will go down as remote users use their own tools.”
  9. “Utilization and personal growth of virtual employees is not my problem.”
  10. “I’ll outsource software development, since I don’t understand it.”

    If you’re thinking about allowing some of your team to work Out of Office, and you can identify some of these beliefs in your way of thinking, it might be worth thinking again. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it; just question your thinking in these areas.

    Read the full article here.

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