Outsourcing VS. In-house
When is outsourcing right for you?
Covid-19 has shaken the global economy, and more and more employers are reshaping their hiring processes to adapt to the pandemic. Companies are now exploring more flexible, less binding ways of getting their jobs done.
Maybe that’s your case, too. You’re looking at a new project, and wondering if you should hire for it or just outsource the work. The question is valid, and the answer is, unfortunately, not so straightforward.
How do you choose?
To begin with, outsourcing may be a great fit for you if you’re running a small organization, such as a start-up, and are constantly optimizing your budget. On the other hand, if you prefer continual communication by having everyone under one roof, outsourcing may not be your best bet.
But it’s not only about the time and cost. The right option can be an opportunity for business growth, while the wrong one way lose you time and credibility by delaying crucial projects.
We know you don’t want to make the wrong choice, and that’s why we’ve broken down the benefits and pitfalls of both outsourcing and in-house hiring – to help you make the best decision for your company.
Benefits of Hiring In-house Talent
You want to be in control if the workflow, not just receive the final copy. We get it! In-house hiring gives you the option of more handson direction. The developers are with you each day. You can ask for an update on your coffee break or peek over the monitor as you walk by.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has seriously limited our ability to work together in an office, let aside peeking over each other’s shoulders. We are often forced to work with our teams remotely, whether we wish it or not – it’s almost like you’re outsourcing work already – just with none of the benefits!
However tiny your query, you can expert an answer in a minute when your developer is seated twenty feet away. You won’t have to ponder on sending an email asking about that one line of syntax.
Similarly, whether it is a small update on client requirements or a major change in plan, your words won’t be lost over email or in translation.
Have you asked for a deliverable by a certain time only to have it sent to your inbox the next day? Or maybe you forget to check-in and realize that you didn’t receive an update at all?
It can be tough to get a hold of an outsourced team if you run on different schedules or different timezones. “Was it 9 AM EST or IST?”
Having a team in-house means no confusion. Your 9-5 is their 9-5.
Pitfalls of Hiring In-house Talent
However appealing its benefits, hiring developers in-house brings its fair share of risks:
Every time you hire someone, you are, taking a risk. Every bad hire costs you thousands of dollars.
Even if you know how to evaluate a candidate thoroughly and take that risk,the right candidate will still need training and guidance along the way.
Benefits of Outsourcing
Cost saving is the biggest highlight of outsourcing, but there’s more to it than just that:
The tech details are the team’s specialty. They don’t have to be yours.
You’re prepping for game day but don’t know how to find or pick your starting line-up.
With outsourcing, you’ll have the best players ready to go, and the best part is they’re already trained.
Pitfalls of Outsourcing
Easy might not always be best. You may save some money by outsourcing, but it brings its own set of challenges:
Did you send 3 emails today looking for an update? Did you get ignored on all 3 occasions?
Without being able to check- in, you won’t get to see the deliverable through the workflow. Outsourcing works great if you have a reliable team, otherwise, what you get might not be what you experted.
Your team is on a different continent. While they’re working, you’re sleeping soundly, until they call you at 5 AM.
You’re in the office a few hours later and you don’t remember if you asked them to get back to you on Thursday or Friday, and now you can’t call them back because they’re asleep!
There are a lot of bad outsourcing partners. How do you find a good one?