Who should outsource?

Outsourcing services can be provided to almost any business, but they are particularly suitable in the following situations:

Business start-ups
New businesses often don’t have the time or are reluctant to create formal structures and fixed overheads when they need to be flexible and able to react quickly to opportunities or changing circumstances. All their energies are needed to develop the business rather than looking after administration. Outsourcing provides a flexible and expert resource to call on at a critical stage in the life of the business.

Growing businesses
Businesses growing rapidly can be constrained through a lack of resource and expertise. Outsourcing can provide a rapid resource in a range of expertise wherever it is needed. Rather than be forced to move office to cater for expansion, non-core areas of work can be outsourced to free up space for front-line staff.

International expansion
Setting up in a foreign country is a challenge in itself without having to worry about accounting records, payroll and tax returns. Outsourcing to local experts can solve this problem. Where there is no local senior management presence, we can keep a watching brief on local staff for a head office or overseas parent.

Relocation or restructuring
If businesses relocate they have an opportunity to re-engineer their business processes. If some staff do not want to move, there may be an opportunity to plug a resource gap by outsourcing, so avoiding the need to recruit and train. Outsourcing can provide a fresh start and a means of ensuring objectivity in rebuilding business processes so as to increase efficiency or profitability.

Confidentiality
Keeping sensitive aspects of a business, such as senior management salaries, confidential can be difficult in a large office where the ‘grapevine’ causes problems. Outsourcing can move the information off site and enable it to be processed and reported discretely.

Winding down
Where a business is winding down, outsourcing can ease the process and costs by providing a business base and facilities as workloads reduce and the need for permanent staff drops.

Special projects
Outsourcing can provide a flexible, one-off or occasional resource to account for and administer special projects. It can also provide a temporary resource in the case of unexpected staff absence, such as maternity leave.

Trusts, property or investment
Some businesses, such as property or investment companies, may not need a permanent office. The same is true of trusts. Outsourcing is particularly suited to these types of operations and can often be used to provide the majority of resources required.