Despite the urge to do it all, there comes a time for startup founders to start delegating. The question is: What to outsource and what to keep in-house?
“When it comes to technical matters, outsourcing some of the work may not only be the best thing for the business owner, but it can also be the best thing for the business,” writes Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council. “Of course…to prevent miscommunication, lost time, and wasted investments, certain technical projects should remain in-house and become a new hire’s full-time gig,” he adds. So what’s a founder to do?
Gerber asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs for their advice on which tech jobs to outsource and which to keep internal. The advice ranged from keeping as many competencies as possible in-house — in order to assure better quality, cost-control and flexibility, argues Vanessa Nornberg of Metal Mafia – to contracting everything – as long as you’ve got excellent project specs and set clear expectations you can outsource any tech work, advised Thursday Bram of Hyper Modern Consulting.
Other advice included letting others handle things like mobile apps and web design and still others suggested that the important thing is to find the right person, outsourcing only to specialists or a digital partner who brings the most value and who you can invest in a longterm relationship with. “In addition to amazing design and technology, the best digital firms will add value to your business by providing big ideas,” argues David Gardner of ColorJar. “Don’t underestimate the worth of fresh, expert eyes that are invested in your success.”
For more on advice on what tech tasks to outsource and which to keep in-house, read the full article from Mashable here.
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If you own a business that’s needs to increase efficiency, but are bogged down by minor details that accumulate into a headache, outsourcing may provide some relief. For more advice on what to consider, you can read this post, and you can turn to the OpenView Blog for more specific advice on outsourcing lead qualification.