How to outsource your project?

Make sure you know how to outsource your project and that the  outsourced project ends on time, on budget and attains the company goals.

Despite the benefits of outsourcingover the past decade, many companies have only recently begun to implement its use while others are still in the planning stages.

Outsourcing has plenty of benefits some of which are: Concentrating your own resources on your core functions while outsourced experts help you with what they know best and enabling the company to stay competitive and flexible. But at the same time you have to be careful with what you outsource.  A company has to make sure that the functions that are outsourced have abundant supply before eliminating internal resources. Look around and be sure you have a number of talented professionals to fulfill your needs.

Once the decision of hiring freelancing experts is made, companies have to learn to efficiently manage these external resources. This  is one of the main challenges of outsourcing.

If you want to make sure that your outsourcing experience ends up  being successful, make sure that you follow these steps on how to outsource:

1- Clearly define the project and the skills before contracting

2- Set up specific and measurable goals to attain with the project. Make sure you understand and communicate performance expectations.

3- Clearly state the end product and the deadline as well as the necessary resources

4- And once you hire the expert/consultant/extra hand, request from him a detailed Plan with activities and deadlines.

5- Have a clear map to measure the performance of the freelancer working for you and provide regular performance feedback.

6- And finally request back up plans for key steps of the project. Evaluate the risks and prepare alternatives.

Successful outsourcing is clearly based on team work. Have all the participants and stakeholders on board and align the company’s objectives.