The hiring process in this day and age is more flexible than it used to be. Aside from hiring full-time employees, business owners or companies have the option of hiring temporary workers or outsourcing certain areas of their business. By hiring temporary workers or outsourcing, the company gets to save on labor costs and they don’t need to keep them if they are done with the project.
What is the difference between hiring a temporary worker to do the project and outsourcing it? If you are a business owner and looking to expand or delegate tasks, I have no doubt that you have asked this questions yourself. Let’s do a little digging to find out what are the similarities and differences of the two and which would benefit you more.
A temporary worker is usually hired through an agency. The company would call the agency and request for a temp to work on certain tasks or projects. The agency would then send someone to the company and work from the company’s office. The company would pay the agency a certain fee for the services and the agency will, in turn, pay the temporary worker his salary plus tax.
As I’ve mentioned, the temporary worker works in the client’s office. So it means that he has to be physically present to do the job. Like the other regular employees, he is bound to come in at the beginning of work hour and leave at the end of the day. There are cases wherein the temp would only work for half a day. This will all depend on the client and must be agreed upon before actual work begins.
The downside of hiring temps is that they really do not know your business or its inner workings. You would have to set aside time for training or briefing before he can begin his work. Just imagine how many times you would need to do this if you get different temps every time one is needed.
Outsourcing, on the other hand, is when you acquire services from a vendor or outsourcing company to do a project for you. They render services via telecommuting and can be from any place in the world. Outsourcing is more cost efficient than hiring temporary workers. Since they can be from all over the world, you don’t have to pay for taxes. And they don’t have a standard rate, so to speak. Vendors from Asia, specifically India and the Philippines charge less than vendors from the west. You, as the business owner, have the power to control the budget. There’s no need for you to give holiday pays or sick leave pay.
Outsourced Workers are usually operating in a different time zone. But, rest assured that it is never an issue for them. In fact, most outsourced workers enjoy working at odd hours.
Most outsourced workers are considered experts in their fields. They service more than one client at a time in order to build a more attractive portfolio.
So, when you outsource your project you don’t just get anyone to do the task, you are getting an expert and this will be to your advantage.
So, which option is the best for you? There is no right or wrong answer. It will all depend on your requirement and the culture of your company.
If you’re a business owner who wants to focus on growing your business and leave day to day operations to a virtual assistant, I’d like to invite you to take the next step with a FREE “Strategy Call” with UK-based outsourcing expert, Yeukai Kajidori.
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