Both small-to-medium businesses and large corporations consider outsourcing as a winning strategy: 77% of companies embrace it as a move to stay competitive in the world today.

Looking to trim costs without sacrificing productivity? Consider outsourcing for your business today. If you’re new to the concept of outsourcing, don’t worry; the benefits you reap are well worth the effort. Bringing on an outsourced team for your company not only amps up productivity but also gives you, as the business honcho, some well-deserved breathing room.

Planning to dip your toes into outsourcing but feeling a bit lost? No worries! Here’s a step-by-step outsourcing guide to hiring your first team.

Step 1: Identify Pain Points

Look at the big picture and identify the weak spots in your operation—be it lackluster customer service, unreliable bookkeeping, or financial headaches. Remote workers often specialize in specific niches, making it easier to find skilled individuals to fill the gaps in your business.

Step 2: Budget Wisely

Once you’ve pinpointed the pain points, it’s time to get down to the numbers. During this stage, it will be helpful to determine how many people you need versus the resources you have available to you. Compare costs between outsourcing and in-house hiring; more often than not, outsourcing comes out lighter on the wallet.

Step 3: Set Qualifications

Craft a set of qualifications to zero in on the best candidates. If you’re new to this, an outsourcing partner is more experienced in implementing tests and protocols to ensure you get top-notch talent. Since recruitment can be a real headache (50% of executives agree that talent acquisition is a challenge in meeting their goals), you can let them handle the hiring process instead — including posting jobs to interviews, training and even onboarding.

Step 4: Get the Right Talent

Navigating the gig economy for talent can be time-consuming. Instead of looking for temporary freelancers, it’s better for your business’ overall longevity to contract with an outsourcing agency instead. Outsourcing providers can handle the legwork, saving you from endless CV sifting and interviews. A great outsourcing company will also match a candidate’s qualifications carefully to what you need: not just making sure you hire the right people for the job, but also ensuring that they are a culture fit for your business. You can even stay as involved (or uninvolved) as you want throughout the whole process.

Step 5: Set KPIs

Hiring is just the beginning; establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track progress. Some outsourcing partners offer ready-made metrics, while others tailor them to fit your business goals. Make sure to partner with a company that does the latter.

Step 6: Settle In

After signing the contract, training becomes paramount. Provide the necessary resources, tools, and training for a smooth adjustment. Outsourcing providers can offer training programs for holistic development and knowledge base building, not just in the beginning stages of the outsourcing project, but for the entirety of their partnership with you. This ensures that members of your outsourced team are fully committed to growth, and are constantly improving themselves.

Step 7: Communicate Regularly

Stay connected with your outsourced team to build a positive professional relationship. Regular check-ins, despite the distance, foster a sense of camaraderie. Outsourcing companies have structured processes in place to ensure effective communication and support.

Outsourcing may seem daunting, even for seasoned companies. The good news is that outsourcing providers can make the first-time experience less taxing. They offer a comfortable journey with minimal risks, reduced costs, and overall less hassle.

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