Remote outsourcing has been a game-changer in the industry since it started some decades ago. Many businesses had the courage to expand globally while taking the advantage of outsourcing remote employees at a lower cost and reassuring success rate. Providing more flexibility comes higher risks of instability in terms of achieving projected long-term goals, especially for startup companies. It’s time to rethink and reformulate more working strategies that will support a constantly evolving business demand.
Remote outsourcing milestones
Remote outsourcing was a buzzword in the early ’90s, during the times when businesses were in the process of developing strategies to cut down costs. Looking for a smart and effective way to maximize their resources, companies have to come up with a feasible approach to remodeling their structure. Focusing on the core areas of their businesses, and identifying jobs that can be accomplished through remote outsourcing, overseas outsourcing, and offshoring become feasible.
Identifying the internal strength of a company followed by deciding which tasks need more attention. Expert management is the initial step of outsourcing a project to third-party companies or professional consultants. Remote outsourcing emerged primarily in the IT industry given the technology that has allowed them to work from a remote location. Fast forward to today, a long list of jobs that span from data entry to professional consultancy and executive positions are now up for remote outsourcing.
While the primary reason for remote outsourcing is to promote smarter budget allocation, it doesn’t dismiss the fact that offshoring and outsourcing offer more than just cost reduction. These two might have a few differences, but they both concern increasing flexibility in the workplace. However, new and small businesses who use the same structure as remote outsourcing tend to be stuck in the middle, groping for the next step. What can go wrong amidst offshoring and outsourcing proven advantages?
Reinventing remote outsourcing
Over the years, companies keep thinking of new ways to reinvent remote outsourcing and develop a more agile approach that will contribute to surefire success. One plausible approach is by adopting the agile approach inspired by the Agile Manifesto.
The Agile Manifesto is originally developed by and for software developers, aiming to design a process in contrast to the traditional approach which is described as “documentation driven, heavyweight software development process”. The Agile Alliance, creators of the Agile Manifesto, established four values of the Agile software development, in which if you look closely, can be adopted for creating a futuristic business approach structure.
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools – businesses invest the majority of their money in staffing, overhead costs, and business proposals. If a remote outsourcing client focuses more on identifying goals, priorities, and key objectives instead of dabbling on a 10-20 page RFP, both parties can save on time, money, and effort and that’s where the discussion begins.
- Working software over comprehensive documentation – The definition of working software may vary depending on the project. In general, it is defined as “fully tested and ready-to-be-deployed” products. In remote outsourcing, the client can conduct an in-person iterative, short-cycled workshop which involves key people to explore potential solutions to possible problems.
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation – Collaboration cultivates a better industry culture wherein both the client and the freelancer can take ownership of the problems and solutions for business.
- Responding to change over following a plan – Not everything goes according to plan. This value suggests that flexibility in tough times (and in good) can bring business to a high success instead of following ruled-out plans and solutions that don’t fit all.
Following these values, the Agile Alliance articulated 12 principles beyond the Agile Manifesto that can be adapted for crafting a remote outsourcing business structure that converts tangible results.
The rise of Distributed Outsourcing?
Ever heard of Distributed Outsourcing? HOPLA specializes in building a multicultural team of experienced and professional work-from-home employees. Distributed outsourcing is a new hype in the industry that fits all kinds of businesses across the world. HOPLA’s managed remote outsourcing promotes access to global talent at a reasonable price.
When you work with HOPLA, expect to have your business running 24/7, thanks to our round-the-clock teams. Our teams are distributed in all parts of the world which are resilient enough to work their best to boost your business’ progress in their most convenient time. Communication is never a problem as we are using collaboration tools and that enables us to seamlessly meet in the virtual space on the agreed schedule. We are at the peak of practicing the future of business even before we arrive there.
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