Outsourcing is a natural consequence of globalization. It is an essential component of a free market. Regardless of the populist articulations of politicians who get votes by instilling fear in the people, the truth is that you lose more jobs by being uncompetitive in the world market than by not outsourcing. If the rest of the world is outsourcing and getting the best at cheapest rates, you will be eased out of the market. You will then lose more jobs that those you are trying to save by not outsourcing. Globalization is today’s reality and we have to face it.
Virtual Assistants, Service Providers or Independent Contractors serve as extended arms of clients and blend into their work and team seamlessly. There is absolutely no difference between team members of providers and the team of their customers abroad. There are no insiders and outsiders. It is just in the mind as there is no evidence to show that an employee is more loyal than a provider. Loyalty has to do with principles and ethics and not with geographic location. It is a matter of the heart, foresight and long term thinking.
Businesses and professionals have a lot to gain from outsourcing:
You increase your capacity manyfolds as you have skilled and highly educated people to help you with marketing, execution, administration, business intelligence and whatever you always wanted to do but didn’t know how and when to do it.
You pay for only what you get. You don’t pay for time spent in politicking, gossiping, breaks, insurance, space, equipment, administration and legal issues.
Cost of exit from an arragement is less. There are no compensations to be paid to a departing provider.
You have more varied knowledge and experience of service providers available to you. Providers may have engineers, management consultants, published authors, researchers and people with techno- commercial international experience of decades in industry, all available at a fraction of minimum wage in the west. Many business and performance improvement ideas are thrown up in the win-win collaboration providers have with their clients.
Like all products of progress and technology in the modern world, there is a lot to gain if you handle outsourcing carefully and effectively and a lot to lose if you don’t. Outsourcing has come to stay, the earlier we come out of denial, the better it is for us.
Mr. Ashok Gupta
Mr. Ashok Gupta , management consultant, digital media specialist and a published author is a chemical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with over 30 years experience in senior management positions and as a management consultant in reputed companies in Supply Chain/General Management/ Techno-Commercial areas in India and Indonesia.
He has an international management exposure having worked and undertaken consultancy assignments in USA, India and Indonesia . He is running a highly successful business of Digital Marketing including Social Media Marketing VA International http:www.virtual-assistance-international.com since last 10 years. In addition he has a company offering digital marketing courses in classes at Vadodara and also online.
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