After a couple of months or years working in a specific industry, you’re most likely going to start thinking about hiring extra employees. Most of the time, these employees will bolster your workforce by enabling you to process more orders or provide more services, but there are also times when you might consider hiring a new employee for the sake of meeting a specific niche.
For instance, a tech department isn’t going to help you boost sales or enable you to process more orders in the long run, but what it will give you is workplace stability. Unfortunately, many people simply outsource their tech needs because it’s flexible, immediate and ultimately cheaper than hiring one or two people dedicated to fixing and maintaining computer hardware. So when exactly is it a good time to hire, and when should you turn to outsourcing? Let’s find out.
Flexibility in the workplace
When you hire an employee, it’s usually a bad idea to narrow your search to specific skills. For instance, if you’re looking for a new employee that will help with tech support, you might want them to also help with basic office duties such as writing up documents and emails or responding to customer comments and so on. If you outsource everything, then you’re getting what you pay for which is a specific job and nothing more. However, if you decide to hire someone, then the extra cost is usually worth the flexibility you get in a new employee.
Immediate response with outsourcing
One of the most important things to consider with outsourcing is the immediate response you get as opposed to the long and drawn out process of hiring a new employee. When you call a computer support business, they can usually be at your business in under an hour, ready to fix whatever problems you have or suggest changes to your workplace. This immediate response makes it a blessing and, unless your office has a wealth of computers and different bits of hardware, it’s cheaper than hiring an employee to work as tech support. If you hire someone to fix computers but you only have a single computer breaking or acting up every week, then you’re essentially paying an employee to sit around and wait for things to go wrong.
Building solid relationships
When you want to build a successful business, it’s crucial that you nail the relationship component down. If you treat your employees with the respect they deserve and offer them a path to climb their chosen career ladder, then they’re more likely to go the extra mile for you. When you speak with a freelancer, chances are they’re going to do their job and do it well, but they most likely won’t be contacting you in the future to ask how you’re doing or go the extra mile and do something extra for you. However, if you hire an employee to work in-house, you’re going to see them almost every day, you’ll have a chance to build a professional relationship with them, and they can grow alongside your business.
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