Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.
Outsourcing–Seeing the Signs | Extraordinary Business
How to determine when you need to start looking for an outsourced service provider.
One of the questions that has come up more than any other has been, “How do I know that I need an outsourcing partner?”
The simple answer is that if you are looking at your company mission, vision and values, and you see activities within your business that are not contributing to them – or worse yet, distracting your company from executing at the highest level, it is probably time to look for an outsourcing solution. Taking this approach allows businesses to focus on “the game” rather than activities that are not their core competency. For example, some technology companies will outsource their coding or maintenance in order to keep their costs low and to focus on growing the business. Furthermore, they may outsource activities such as customer service, installation, maintenance and even sales.
What remains internal to the company is remaining flexible, competitive and forward thinking in the industry.
The other factors has to do with expertise, especially when dealing with compliance. For example, HR Management professional Phil Davis is able to provide businesses with his years of experience and education, with a good understanding of compliance and available tools to ensure that the firms are protected from all of the red tape and potential fines associated with human resources. As your company grows, your company needs will change, perhaps from general payroll services, to ensuring that your company has all of its policies in place, is exercising appropriate training and have a method for maintaining legal compliance, i.e., avoiding huge fines. See the Department of Labor Website for more information.
The challenge that many businesses face in this is in taking the time to source the appropriate partners, setting expectations with the partners and maintaining the relationships. These activities in and of themselves take time and commitment. Fortunately, there are firms (like Aepiphanni) that exist to fill that specific need for specific industries and spaces, from those who find individuals on a contract basis, to firms that help companies identify and set up the relationship between outsourcing partners.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is an Atlanta, Georgia based Operations Management and Business Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders. We help business leaders DESIGN| CREATE | BUILD extraordinary businesses. We support our clients with financial management, product and service production and delivery, outsourced services management, sales & marketing and business growth. We provide them with a number of flexible solutions to help them reach their goals.
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