A lot of companies and non-profits choose to take on too many tasks because they feel that it is a waste of resources to pay an external entity. However, the phrase, “if you want something done right, do it yourself,” doesn’t always apply in the business world. Take a look at the four reasons outsourcing can actually help your business or non-profit thrive.
It is not always more cost effective to handle things internally. Hiring a team to accomplish a project means that you have to pay the salaries of all of the new workers. It also means more management will need to be put into place. Additionally, even if your business currently has the capacity to handle the task, it still may not be the most cost effective solution. We all know that time is money. Even if your staff is capable of handling a task that is a little out of their realm, they may perform it slower and will be taking time away from other focuses of the business.
No Long-term Commitment
Hiring more employees to handle new business tasks not only costs money, it costs commitment. As you know, it is much easier to stop working with a company you contracted for a job than to fire employees that aren’t up to snuff. No long-term commitment means that you can shop around. If you’re not happy with the way a job is being performed, you can find another company to take on the job until you find the right match for your business or non-profit.
Hire Experts in the Industry
When you hire externally, you are hiring experts in the industry. This means you are getting the most passionate people in their trade, and you are most likely getting more of them than you would be able to afford on your own. For example, depending on your size, you could hire a small group of three to handle your advertising and marketing efforts. However, if you were to hire an advertising or marketing agency, your business’ marketing could be influenced by 100 great minds sharing their knowledge amongst each other. Even if there were only five people assigned to your account, those people are still engaging and learning from each other while in that work environment.
No Management Needed
Another great perk to outsourcing and hiring experts is that it is not your job to provide management. Hiring a company externally means you can sit back and relax while the job gets done. The biggest perk of all is being able to focus on your mission while you leave the rest to them.
Heard enough, but don’t know where to start? If you’re ready to utilize other companies to help your business, check out our blog on the Best Business Tasks to Outsource.
Running a business requires a lot of balance to keep things running smoothly. Even when things are going well, it doesn’t take much to derail a company’s processes, especially when it comes to smaller businesses or non-profit organizations. There are quite a few “wrenches” that can get tossed into the mix, causing smaller speed bumps to mushroom into mountainous problems for you. Watch out for the following potential issues, and make sure you’re taking precautions to avoid larger setbacks down the line:
1. When a particular transportation need does not fit your organization’s routine operations.
When a company gets this wrench thrown into the mix, its routine can get discombobulated. Some examples of this are when there’s a special order or unusual circumstances that are not “business as usual.” One of the most important steps to a successful business is having a schedule and sticking to it. Don’t miss out on potential business opportunities because they don’t align with your normal way of doing things. Those lost business opportunities could be the difference between failing and prospering.
2. When you run into problems managing your own fleet.
Owning and maintaining your own truck or fleet can be more time and money than it’s worth. While you’re trying to manage this aspect of your business, there are several problems that could suddenly arise. Expensive vehicle maintenance, overworked employees, and drop off mistakes are just the start of the problems you can encounter. These can be a headache at best and detrimental at worst.
3. When You Lose Focus on Your Company’s Mission
Thinking about all of the tasks, both small and large, that your company has to juggle every single day can be overwhelming within itself. So one of the worst things you can do is take your eye off the ball. When you attempt to execute unnecessary tasks into your business plan, you can overload both yourself and your employees. The best practice is to focus on your mission. If you can outsource a task that is bogging you down– do it. If not, you could be draining your resources dry on tasks that aren’t directly focused on your mission.
Thankfully, there are resources you can rely on to help deal with the wrenches that get thrown into your business operations. Mission Logistics can help your business flourish by handling some or all of your transportation and logistical needs by eliminating your need to manage your own fleet of vehicles, handling your needs that fall out of routine, and helping you focus on your mission. The best part is that we work with you and cater to the needs of your business or non-profit. It’s our mission to let you focus on yours.
Every business wants to be successful. The tricky part is getting all of the many pieces that make up a business running smoothly as one. These three tips can help you and your team reach your full potential, whether you are a for-profit or non-profit company.
1. Focus on your objective
This tip may seem obvious to some, but time and time again businesses lose track of what they are really trying to accomplish. When businesses lose focus on their objectives, it is often because they are trying to be too many things at once. Businesses that attempt to handle all aspects of their business internally instead of outsourcing tasks such as logistics and transportation needs often find that they aren’t allocating their resources efficiently. Success comes when your eye is on the ball. Here at Mission Logistics, we know that it’s in your best interest to focus on your mission and let us manage your shipping and logistical needs.
2. Treat your employees well
Sometimes good employees aren’t found, they’re made. Your employees have an astronomical impact on the success of your business, and how you treat your employees has a big reflection on their work ethic. This isn’t to say that you don’t need to bring good people to your team. However, it’s important to treat them well in order to keep them with your company and get the most out of them for your business. Good employees respond well to being respected and valued. Provide them with the pay and benefits that they deserve, foster a positive work environment, and lighten their workload from unnecessary tasks. This last one ties back to tip number one. Your whole team needs to be focused on your mission and not overburdened with work that could be outsourced.
3. Shoot for good enough
Perfection has no place in the business world. What truly matters is that your business is getting things done. Once you are focused on your objective and fostering great employees, you will be tempted to strive for perfection. However, perfection is a goal that no business can achieve. Instead, settle for concentrating on your mission and getting it done, even if the means embracing a few bumps on the road.
Running a business or non-profit is complicated. Focus on your objective, treat your employees well, and shoot for good enough. Finally, when you need help with your transportation and logistical needs, give us a call. Here at Mission Logistics, we thrive on being a dependable partner and aiding in the success of your business.