If you were to pick between Asia and Eastern Europe – where would you choose to outsource?
As you probably already know, Eastern Europe, Philippines, and Asia are competing in the race for the most desirable country to outsource to.
While Asian countries do it with lower prices, Eastern European countries compete with quality, education and overall good work ethics.
However, this post will be about the outsourcing race – but the other way around!
A growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses are taking the plunge to outsource their workforce to Eastern Europe and Asian countries.
With the plunge came the outsourcing race – who will win at hiring the best remote employees?
There are challenges to this race for both beginner outsourcers as well as for those outsourcing for years.
Perhaps many of the first-time outsourcers are usually frustrated by poor internet connections or time zones.
While the above two mentioned are significant problems, they are just scratching the surface.
Just as you have found the solutions for those two, you realize – you have only touched the tip of the iceberg.
So what are the companies that outsource with great success doing differently than those that are not?
Let’s see the five compelling reasons of why your competitors are winning at the outsourcing race.
1. Your competitors have identified the right moment to hire
Although outsourcing can cut your costs and help you go through the jungle of your tasks, it’s imperative you are fully ready for this endeavor.
You must be ready to train, manage, teach and pay.
Take time to cover your bases you need to get into the race – a remote empire has to be built on solid grounds.
2. Your competitors are hiring faster
Although hiring remotely is significantly faster than hiring in-house, many entrepreneurs still struggle with streamlining this process.
For starters, you need a well-written job post to mitigate the risk of getting the wrong candidates into your hiring funnel.
What a job post should not be:
- Lacking detailed explanation
- Too demanding
- Hiding the salary range
- Not giving enough information about the company background and culture
After the job post, the second most time-consuming activity in the hiring process is managing all the applicants.
At Jobrack, we have made that faster by offering a simple Kanban methodology.
By moving faster through the hiring funnel, you will save time and opportunity cost for your project.
3. Your competitors have systemized their processes
You cannot expect outsourcing to replace proper processes.
Proper systemizing is important for just about any project.
This means that things like time estimates, blueprints, project management, and task management cannot be neglected when outsourcing.
Having a remote employee is not an excuse for not having processes laid out.
They need a manager who will have their position in the company clearly envisioned, with a proper task set for them to handle to meet goals.
The only difference is that you are using different methods of collaboration (in-person vs. remote) to follow those practices.
4. Your competitors are hiring for quality
Nothing is easier to improve than price. It takes no nuance, no long-term thinking, no concern about externalities — as Seth Godin explains it.
Of course, you have a budget to meet, but hiring the first remote worker that charges less is only going to do your business harm.
Think about it – opting for the remote worker that charges less might look like a right way to go. But, ask yourself this question first:
In your experience, how often is the cheapest choice the best choice?
All quality work has value.
The A-Players you hire to work for you remotely will almost always demand their countries respective top compensation.
Let’s say you need an Android developer to get your project done in 5 months.
If you hire locally in the United States or the United Kingdom, you can expect high prices of 30+ $/hour.
But, when hiring remotely, it’s easy to get sucked in the low prices (and we’re talking 3-7$ per hour low) you see on global hiring websites.
The same as with choosing your target customer group, you need to focus on a particular employee avatar.
Set your expectations to match a certain level of criteria (technical skill level, language skills, communication, and culture) and then start searching.
This will help you narrow down on the best choice for your money.
5. Your competitors are outsourcing the demanding tasks, too
Unfortunately, some businesses and entrepreneurs are still used to outsourcing only the low-end tasks to remote employees. Tasks such as data scraping, web research, etc.
If you are stuck in that group, you are severely run over by your competition.
A great scope of tasks is being delegated to freelancers and remote workers, from handling your end-of-the-month reporting to programming an entire Android application.
If you have an outsourced team, It’s a good idea to outsource the manager position, too.
That way, the manager will better understand their situation, issues and foresee problems than you.
Joining the outsourcing race only for cutting costs is a short-sighted road to failure
The outsourcing race may have started with only the cost-cutting goal for the US and other Western countries.
However, in the meantime, it has developed into an actual outsourcing race for conquering greater market share, achieving faster business growth and running a business an easier task.
By meticulously improving your selection process, you might get to drive a Lamborghini in no time – at a great price and even better ROI.
Don’t shoot your business in the leg. Make sure you are sharpening your most important process in the company – the hiring process.
And if you need expert’s help to figure it out, contact us anytime. Our Done-For-You services will warm up your seat.