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Deciding Between Outsource or Hire

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Deciding between hiring in-house talent or outsourcing the job can be a tough call to make, and both options have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are some things to consider when choosing between two recruitment options. 

Why Independent Contractors Make Sense 

It's easy to understand the draw that outsourcing certain tasks has for business owners. 

First of all, while you should work closely with an independent contractor, there are no employee-related expenses; no training costs, health care, vacation time, or sick leave. 

Additionally, in many cases, you will be working with and benefiting from the experience and insight of a team of specialists, rather than a single worker. 

Outsourcing may also spare you business expenses. For example, if you are interested in making some promotional and informational videos for your website. You could invest in expensive equipment, along with hiring someone with the proper expertise, or you could outsource the job to a video production company that already has the knowledge, experience, and the equipment. 

Finally, outsourcing certain tasks can free up time for you and your staff to focus on the core areas of your business without pouring time and effort into peripheral tasks. 

Making the Call 

While outsourcing can be a good thing, it also has its drawbacks. Your project may not receive the focus it deserves, you lose a little bit of control over the timeframe, and you have less control over the quality of the finished product. Before deciding whether to outsource a task or operation, consider these questions. 

Is it a Business-Critical Function? 

Generally, anything that relates directly to the operation of your business should be handled in-house. For example, for some businesses, their social media marketing strategy is an essential part of their competitive advantage. In this case, a social media manager should be an in-house hire who shares your goals and vision for marketing campaigns. 

However, duties like payroll, bookkeeping, and administrative tasks, though they do not relate directly to the vision of your business, tend to take a significant toll on overall productivity. Outsourcing these tasks, rather than hiring in-house, makes sense for most businesses. 

What Is Your Budget? 

There may be a significant cost difference between a trained employee and an independent contractor. Oftentimes, if you are shooting a single promotional video or want to create an app, outsourcing the job may make the most sense because it will spare your business the expense of investing in expensive equipment and providing highly specialized training. On the other hand, independent contractors may charge a high daily rate, making outsourcing less than ideal for long-term projects. 

What Is Your Time Frame? 

If you have a skills gap that needs to be filled quickly, then outsourcing makes sense. Rather than taking the time to go through the hiring and training process, you can hire an experienced professional who can hit the ground running. 

In the end, your decision to outsource hinges on your timeframe for project completion, budgetary considerations, and how it will impact the efficiency and goals of your business. Using these as guidelines will help you choose the recruitment option that is right for your business. 

Whether you are looking to hire or outsource, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is a great resource for finding the right candidates. Through our online Business Directory, you can search for businesses that specialize in the tasks you are interested in outsourcing, as well as staffing agencies to assist you in hiring new talent. Also, don't forget your Chamber membership benefits include free Job Postings in the Work Local Page in our GVC website. 

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