For entrepreneurs, the main concern is to launch, establish, and scale their startup within a shoestring budget. Outsourcing comes as the feasible way to bring experts to the table while staying within the budget limits.
However, a majority of the entrepreneurs still have their own inhibitions about outsourcing product development to other countries.
This guide seeks to clear out all the questions and doubts surrounding outsourcing costs. It will help you analyze your outsourcing costs, calculate your cost benefits of outsourcing, and give you some amazing tips and strategies to save even more with outsourcing.
The outsourcing industry has boomed in the past few years as it enables organizations to save costs.
But many are still not able to calculate and reduce costs.
This chapter tells you why.
The when, how, what, and to whom of outsourcing are important questions. But a more important question is For ‘How Much’.
Knowing the outsourcing cost is imperative to venture successfully into any outsourcing contract. In fact, for many companies, outsourcing cost is the first thing that comes to mind when they plan to outsource IT services or development work.
Breaking it down even further, it is now an accepted fact that a majority of the companies that outsource, outsource to reduce costs!
And in order to know how much cost you have reduced, it is imperative to know the outsourcing cost inside out. But before we start talking about outsourcing cost, we’ll throw light on some mind-numbing outsourcing cost stats.
1.1 Proven Stats Around Outsourcing & Cost Reductions
Outsourcing is not an emerging technique, it has been in the industry since the 1960s. In the past half a century, it has ballooned to a mammoth. Let’s start by focusing on this study by Gartner to understand it better.
The need to expand with a shoestring budget for the entrepreneurs and the growing digital transformation in the industry for enterprises are key drivers for increasing inclination towards outsourcing.
Well, that was just a glimpse of the bigger picture!
Let’s take a more focussed approach talk to the point. Here are some research and studies that show how companies have embraced outsourcing to cut costs.
A lot of research and studies have been done to reach these concluding numbers. But in order to reach the number around cost, profits, and margins in your outsourcing ventures, you need not drown in such research or studies.
So, why is every startup, outsourcing IT services to India, unable to estimate its outsourcing cost?
1.2 Why You Are Unable To Calculate The True Cost?
Some companies are naturally organized and data collectors. They know the importance of analyzing the cost of their business operations and are able to compare both the estimates. If that’s you, Congratulations! You already have a competitive edge.
But for the rest of us that need to start putting more efforts, let’s quickly talk about the problems companies face with their outsourcing costs.
Before you start outsourcing and exploring more about outsourcing cost, you need to focus on your current cost. One of the biggest hurdles faced by companies when outsourcing is their poor cost consciousness.
Not having complete information about the cost of the current operations could drive you far away from deriving the actual outsourcing cost. Before you even think about outsourcing to reduce costs, you need to calculate your company’s true cost of operations.
Some other challenges that a majority of companies face are:
- Scarce data collection
- Rare data analysis
- Insufficient collaboration
These also pose challenges to proper cost estimation and might deter you from succeeding with outsourcing.
1.3 Now you Know
- The outsourcing industry has boomed over the past decade.
- Many companies have accepted cost reduction as major driver for outsourcing
- Many companies have even successful in reducing cost with outsourcing
- Still, many companies are unable to calculate outsourcing cost, let alone reduce it!
Life Cycle Costing
Outsourcing bill only comprises the bid price or the salary of the development team!
You are mistaken if you feel the same!
Get the complete analysis of outsourcing cost in this chapter.
Outsourcing- the proven way to cut down operational costs!
We’ve gone through this pointer quite a number of times but still, many companies are unsure about their true outsourcing cost.
While some say outsourcing cost is the sum you pay to the vendor as per the bid, there are others who incline on the opportunity and incremental costs of outsourcing.
To break outsourcing costs, let’s analyze the true cost of outsourcing, the bills attached to this venture, the hidden costs, compare it with the in-house cost, and then calculate to find the true cost of outsourcing.
2.1 What Are The Direct Costs In Outsourcing?
How could we go further deep into outsourcing cost without first understanding what all costs will you incur if you start outsourcing IT services, web development, or any other services? Here are the main cost components of outsourcing relation:
2.1.1. Salary Or The Pay Check
The first and the foremost cost is the remuneration or salary you are supposed to pay for the remote developers or the team you hire for your product development. Depending on your project needs, you might need to choose from getting single developer to work on your project with your in-house, a full team, or even want the product development to be done by another firm.
Let’s say, we are outsourcing an iOS app development work. What are the costs included in it? Let's find out.
a) Hiring One Developer:
You can hire a dedicated programmer or coder who would work on your project on a per-hour, month-to-month or long-term contract base depending on your requirements.
When is it ideal for you to hire a single developer?
- Simple project
- Limited requirement
Cost savings on hiring remote developer:
By paying only for the hours that the remote developers work for you, you save on all the money you would otherwise spend on the breaks and hours when you in-house developers are being non-productive.
Here is how much you might have to pay for hiring a remote iOS developer from India. The cost comes out to be as low as $20 per hour only and ranges up to $45 per hour.
b) Extended Remote Teams
A dedicated team is a part of your in-house team, just working from a different location. You can set their salary and leverage the skills that they bring to the project.
When to hire a a full team for development?
- You need a dedicated team for a complex project
- You are looking for long-term solution
Cost savings on hiring dedicated teams
Getting a complete team with everyone from the developer, testing person, quality analyst to maintenance & support and full-stack team and much more could save costs. You need not hire an expert from any field individually and can simply get a team that would comprise of all the professionals you require.
c) Full Product Development
In such a process, you join hands with a company that would fully manage your project pr product development, from brainstorming around your idea to creating MVP to launching it post-testing through managed projects.
When to get end-to-end product development?
- Clear project idea
- Fixed requirement
Cost savings on getting managed projects
All you are required to do is provide the company with your idea and the specific details you want to be integrated into your software. Using true agile and SCRUM methodologies, your project will be completed successfully.
With a managed project, you need to send your requirements, get the quote from the outsourcing agency, have a team set-up for you, and get the project work done.
2.1.2. Software Licenses
You might need to renew your software, require permissions for additional users, or the most important, need license for the ownership of the software created by the remote developer. A study conducted by the Business Software Centre Ltd (TBSC) with Professor Ashraf Labib from Portsmouth Business School, the University of Portsmouth on 400 respondents concluded that organizations outsourcing their operations might be paying higher than the average software licensing cost.
2.1.3. Collaboration Tools
Collaboration is important when outsourcing. It’s not the same as going over to your team members on their desks to clear and confusions or discuss your next idea! You need collaboration tools to stay in a closed-loop with the remote developers or your managed team.
There are several collaboration tools that you might need to use when you are working with team members who are not available to you at your location. You might want to have a video conference with all the teams, set up meetings, manage project, assign tasks, share docs, and much more. These could be done using tools like Skype, JIRA, Basecamp, Trello, Slack, Zoom, and much more.
While many of the tools are free of cost, there are some tools that might have a freemium version, and for some, you might be asked to buy the premium version to unlock their features. Here's a breakdown of some of the costs of collaboration tools for remote working.
2.1.4. Cost Of Getting The Project Managed
Hiring remote developers might require you to assign a separate project manager who would head the developers and ensure all the work is done as per your specific requirements. The average salary of a project manager could be over $95,000 per year.
2.1.5. Ad Hoc Costs
While these are some of the direct costs in outsourcing, there could be a number of ad-hoc costs that might crop up during your outsourcing venture. Some of these out-of-pocket costs are listed down below:
Cost of getting the SSL Certificate for your product's security
Cost of creating the same, if you want one
Cost of asking the developer to visit on-site or you visiting the company's office
Cost of any technical consultation you might seek
2.2 What Are The Hidden Costs in Outsourcing?
Think you have got it all on the tab?
Did you include the cost of upgrading your existing IT systems to raise to par with the advancing technologies coming your way?
Is the cost of selecting the outsourcing company included in the bill?
You would have certainly skipped on the cost of transitioning that your existing teammates would have to undergo!
Well, while most people think that paying the bid price to the outsourcing company or paying the salary of the remote developers is the only cost they would have to incur. But this is a mere misconception that we are going to clear today.
There are many costs that are hidden in your outsourcing contract! Let’s throw light on some hidden ones:
2.2.1. Cost of Hiring
This is essentially the cost of selecting the remote developer or outsourcing agency in India. This cost would also include:
- Creating Request for proposal
- Screening the applicants
- Negotiating the terms
2.2.2. Cost of Transitioning To Remote Working Environment
When you are outsourcing your development work, the costliest stage might come out during the transition. This is the phase when you are actually handing over your work to your outsourcing provider in India. There would be addition of new technology stack, migration to new IT platforms, adoption of the existing software and systems and their licensing might also add to the cost. The software might be proprietary instead of open-source and might need you to pay extra for sharing with the remote developer.
This is the period when you are explaining the developers about your project and sharing what you have and they have to brainstorm about the idea.
You might also incur other charges like severance pay, unemployment compensation, compensation for early termination, etc., if you are transitioning from insourcing to outsourcing and planning to dissolve your in-house team.
2.2.3. Cost of Ramping Up Your Tech Infrastructure
The next cost in outsourcing is the cost of ramping up to the highest standards in the industry or the state of the art technology to match the level of the remote developer’s technology niche. In order to make your outsourcing venture successful, it is important that your internal software, hardware, and IT systems are up-to-date.
If your in-house processes are not up to the mark, you might not be able to leverage the skills that the remote developers are coming up with. Improving your existing software development process might come with a price tag and add to your outsourcing cost.
2.2.4. Cost of Creating Outsourcing Contract
Forming an outsourcing contract is imperative for the success of any outsourcing venture. Everything required from the outsourcing relation needs to be specified in the outsourcing contract so that no scope for error, confusion or misunderstanding is left on both ends.
It is the legal document that puts forward all the details of the venture about what the two parties are expecting and expected to offer. It also lays down the timeline, schedule, and everything. Through this contract, you also mention clauses of IP protection, Non-Disclosure, etc. Here is a sample of outsourcing contract:
You need to get the contract formed by an expert who knows the legalities of creating contracts. This cost is usually forgotten when calculating the overall outsourcing cost.
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2.3 Now you Know
- There are several costs included in your outsourcing bill.
- The direct costs include the salary of developers, cost of software licenses, cost of collaboration tools, cost of managing the projects and several other ad-hoc costs.
- There are many hidden costs as well in outsourcing like the cost of hiring, transitioning cost, cost of upgrading your systems, contracting cost, IP protect cost, and many more.
In-House Vs. Outsourcing
There is a stark difference between in-house costs and the cost of outsourcing.
Knowing these differences can help you make better outsourcing decision.
This chapter will help you decode the same with simple example.
The one question that looms over the minds of clients as if outsourcing would actually be as beneficial as it is expected to be. For this, let’s suppose you are planning to get an iOS app development, here's a breakup of the in-house cost and the outsourcing cost.
3.1 In-House iOS Development
Let’s check how much it would cost to make the app in-house.
The first step in setting up an in-house development team would be that you would have to go through a number of processes and have a human resource team to screen through iOS developers. The biggest factor giving remote developers an edge over the in-house developer is that you do not need to sign a long-term contract with the developer!
There are many added paid benefits like sick leaves, annual bonuses, overtime pay, training tax, medical insurance, etc., that you need to pay to the in-house developers you hire in your team. Apart from that, you need space, workstation, furniture, and also have to provide some refreshments, etc., to the developer.
Let’s see the break-up for hiring an in-house app developer.
|Cost per Hire||$4,219|
|iOS Developer Salary||$126,750 per year|
|IT Expenses||$120 per year|
|Software License||$250 per person|
|IT System||Mac: $1800, XCode: $99|
|Overhead (25% of Salary)||$31,680|
3.2 Outsourcing iOS Development
What is the cost of outsourcing app development? This is the first question that you would ask when talking about iOS development from a remote developer. So, let’s see how much would your iOS app development from an outsourcing company cost you in reality.
To begin with, let's assume you are building a mobile app. To compare it with the cost of your in-house development, let's calculate the number of hours you would need to hire a remote developer. That would roughly be around 2,100 hours (8 hours per day multiply 20 days a month multiply 12 for the months.
|Variable||Cost||Total For 2100 Hours (A Year)|
|Remote iOS Developer||$40 per hour||$84,000|
|Collaboration Tool||$10 - $15 per month||$50|
|Software License||$250 per person||$250|
As seen, outsourcing can certainly help you cut down your development cost. and it's not just the cost that makes entrepreneurs and startups follow the outsourcing approach as it offers them the following:
- Access to vast talent pool that is unavailable locally
- Provides round-the-clock productivity
- Promises high-quality codes
- Ensures faster project delivery
- Allows entrepreneurs to focus more on their core business operations
3.3 Now You Know
- Comparing outsourcing costs with the in-house development cost is imperative to know how much you are saving and how much more can be saved.
- You need to calculate how much you had to pay if you get the project done in-house first so that you hvae a benchmark to compare the prices to.
- Once that is done, you can easily compare these costs with the costs of outsourcing to know the extra spend or the savings you can have to make a well-informed decision.
Differential cost, opportunity cost, and incremental costs are three main costs in it.
Calculating the outsourcing cost can be done through different methods.
You will learn more about cost analysis and calculations here.
Calculating the outsourcing cost would not convince you to turn to outsourcing development, in this case, iOS app development. You would obviously want to dig deeper and know the outsourcing cost benefits to confirm your decision. In order to analyze the actual cost and cost benefits of outsourcing, we can go for either of the three approaches:
1. Differential Cost Analysis
2. Opportunity Cost
3. Incremental Cost
While all the three approaches can be adopted to calculate the outsourcing cost benefits, the first approach, i.e, the Differential Cost Analysis is what would give you the exact numbers that you are looking for. So, here’s a simple 4-step approach to Differential Cost Analysis in outsourcing
4.1 Differential Cost Analysis
The simplest answer to ‘What is differential cost analysis?’ is the amount left when you deduct the outsourcing cost from the in-house cost. But let’s understand this better by taking the costs that we have discussed our iOS development work. Here’s how you can find the actual cost of outsourcing:
#Step 1: Analyze The Task
The first step is to clearly define the services that you are planning to outsource. Having clearly defined steps and processes of the service would help you make a better analysis of the cost as well.
Here, we are developing an iOS app so we would need to outline all the tasks like the platform that you need to target, user interface & user experience (UI & UX), functionality, backend infrastructure, level of customization, MVP or prototype creation, app performance analysis, etc.
#Step 2: Calculate Actual In-House Cost
The next step would be to calculate how much you would have to spend if you did not outsource this operation. Start with jotting down all the direct and indirect costs like salaries, benefits, supplies, IT systems, hardware, software, etc., that you would have to provide.
In our case of iOS development, the cost of our in-house iOS app development came out to be around $203,415. This cost only includes the salary, benefits, IT supplies, training cost, etc., of the iOS developer we would hire.
#Step 3: Calculate Outsourcing Cost
Now that we have the in-house app development cost, the next step is to calculate the overall cost of outsourcing the services. This would include everything from the bid price to other integration you might have to undertake for a smooth transition.
In our case of outsourcing iOS development, the cost of the operation came out to be around $84,300. This would be your total cost of outsourcing. However, suppose by outsourcing, you are able to sell the existing Mac for $1,000. This would have to be subtracted from your outsourcing cost as this would be a sort of revenue. So, your total outsourcing cost would come out to be around $83,300.
#Step 4: In-House Cost Minus Outsourcing Cost
This is the final and the simplest step in the differential cost analysis of your outsourcing cost. Here it would be:
Well, this certainly ensures that outsourcing reduces costs. Your savings from outsourcing iOS development instead of getting the app developed in-house comes at $120,115.
This was just the differential cost analysis method that gave us the numeric value of the amount saved from outsourcing. Let’s look at two other ways of calculating outsourcing costs.
4.2 Opportunity Cost
Opportunity cost is the cost that you are giving up or forgoing when you are choosing one option over the other. Here, the opportunity cost would be the cost that we might let go of if you choose to undertake the operations in-house over outsourcing development. It could also be the benefit that you otherwise would have received but eventually gave up by in-housing rather than outsourcing.
So, let’s know how much is not outsourcing your IT services costing your business:
- You are not able to focus on your core competencies.
- You have to compromise with low-tech skills for your operations.
- You are keeping your in-house team burdened with multiple tasks and stressing them.
- You are just getting work done but not creating any value for it.
- You are not utilizing your existing in-house resources to the best of their capabilities.
4.3 Incremental Cost
Another cost that many companies ten to overlook when making their outsourcing decision is the incremental cost. It is the extra cost incurred by a company when it is planning to change the way it operates and functions. In outsourcing, incremental cost would be any extra cost that you would have to incur when outsourcing your operations.
However, going by the calculations made above, it can be concluded that the incremental cost in outsourcing over in-house would always come out to be negative. But, if in any case, the outsourcing cost comes out to be higher than the in-house cost, the right way to decide whether you want to still outsource or not is by knowing how much revenue or profit it would generate.
4.4 Now You Know
- Outsourcing cost is more than just the salary of the remote developer or the bid amount
- There are many costs like transition cost, hiring cost, IP protection cost, etc., hidden in outsourcing
- When comparing outsourcing cost with in-house development cost, outsourcing cost came out to be pretty low
Outsourcing Reduces Cost
Outsourcing can reduce cost!
This chapter throws light on how outsourcing can help you reduce your costs.
Want to reduce your business costs?
Many have been singing the praises of outsourcing in cost reduction but none have cared to venture deep down and unveil the truth!
Does outsourcing actually reduce your cost?
How does it reduce your cost?
Do different outsourcing models have different cost reductions?
Do we only see the cost reduced in the operations we outsource?
This chapter finds the true answer to all these questions.
5.1 How Outsourcing Reduces Cost
By now, we have deduced that outsourcing does reduce cost. In fact, according to AMR Research, it was found that more than 70% of the respondents considered reduced costs as the main reason why they outsourced. The question that we would have to answer now is how?
How does outsourcing reduce cost?
To understand how outsourcing reduces cost while also improving the business operations and the end product, let’s start by comparing the in-house cost and outsourcing cost once again.
|Variable||Cost of In-House Development||Cost Of Outsourcing Development (2,100 hours)|
|Cost per Hire||$4,219||$0|
|iOS Developer Salary||$126,750 per year||$84,000 (remote developer)|
|IT Expenses||$120 per year||$50 (collaboration tool)|
|IT System||Mac: $1,800 XCode: $99||$0|
|Software License||$250 per person||$250|
From this table, we can easily deduce how outsourcing saves your money over in-house development. In-house development includes a number of other fees and charges like overhead, increased salary, retention, benefits, and even the cost of the hardware and software. Outsourcing, on the other hand, only requires you to pay for the salary of the remote developer or the bid if you are hiring an outsourcing agency and optional charges for the software licenses if and when required. You actually save over $120,000 in outsourcing.
Apart from the differential cost, you can also include the opportunity and incremental costs to deduce how outsourcing actually reduces your cost. Here’s a break-up of the analysis that we did on the table around outsourcing cost and in-house cost.
5.2 Is Cost Reduction Only For The Services You Outsource?
This is one question that has been asked time and again by many entrepreneurs and we’re sure you must be pondering on the same by now! One thing has been established by now:
But would just the cost of that service be saved and nothing else?
Let’s understand this with a case study published in MIS Quarterly by Kunsoo Han and Sunil Mithas.
The study focused on determining if outsourcing IT operations would reduce the non-IT operating cost or not. In this study, it has been revealed that by outsourcing IT services to India or any other country, the cost of non-IT operations was also reduced. The study concluded,
“On average, a one-unit increase in IT outsourcing as a percentage of revenue was associated with a 1.26-unit decrease in non-IT operating costs as a percentage of revenue.”
How is it done? Let’s see how they explain it.
Outsourcing IT operations would increase the operational efficiency of the existing team and the processes, it would free you up and let you focus more on your core competencies.
The existing business processes that are supported by would become more efficient, thus, reducing the overall operational cost of that process. NASCO, a service provider for the health insurance industry, outsourced its data operation to IBM to see a reduction in its cost in claim processing.
The existing technology nerds in your startup team could be directed to focus more on the strategic activities that can be useful in enabling the firm to gain a competitive edge.
Research by IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab was also quoted by the study to prove its point that IT outsourcing leads to a reduction in non-IT operations. It was conducted on 244 companies and concluded that the companies that outsourced IT operations have a competitive edge over their industry peers in the sense that they could better realize improvements in their business performances for the long-term.
5.3 Now You Know
- Outsourcing eliminates several costs like employee training, retention, technology training, etc.
- Outsourcing not just reduces the cost of the operation or process outsourced but the overall company’s cost
Outsourcing Success Tips
Can you increase the cost savings from outsourcing?
Know the mistakes that can cost you a fortune when outsourcing.
Plus, get expert tips o save more and assure quality.
Calculating your outsourcing cost is the biggest hurdle and now that we have crossed it, everything seems like a walk in the park. But what if we add more flowers to blossom your way and tell you that you can save further with outsourcing?
Not only is outsourcing itself cost-effective, but it can also help you further cut down costs through a variety of practices, tips, and approaches. All you need to do is avoid the common outsourcing mistakes and adopt the best practices while keeping the tips for successful outsourcing in mind.
Let’s explore further!
6.1 Mistakes to Avoid When Outsourcing
Outsourcing is a cost-effective way to get your operations handled by experts to increase efficiency and outcome. But as with any other venture, there will be some hitches and glitches that might dissuade you. There will also be some myths surrounding outsourcing that you need to debunk. But while these hitches and glitches would only be stepping stones to your success, there could be certain mistakes that could put you in the list of outsourcing failures. Let’s throw light on some of them:
Going For The Most Expensive Or Cheapest Developer
You might be enticed by the low cost of the developer you are finding offshore!
You might choose the highest bidder or the costliest developer thinking they'll deliver best!
These could be two big mistakes.
While going cheap with outsourcing could lead to poor quality of work, paying the highest sum also wouldn’t guarantee quality. You need to screen the developers properly before making any commitment. This brings us to our next mistake.
Not Interviewing The Remote Developers Properly
Hiring the remote developers without screening them as you would for any in-house candidate could be a big problem in the coming time. The developer or team would be working on your idea and would you like to compromise on it?
Unclear Or Undefined Project Idea
There could be thousands of ideas cropping up if I vaguely say ‘Develop software that stores employee information’. But not all of them would meet your expectations. In order to get what you want, you need to tell what you want. Be clear in specifying your project scope and goals.
Having Unsaid Assumptions
Assumptions in outsourcing could lead to blunders. State and document everything, even if you feel it is obvious. Do not make any assumptions. Do you think your developer would complete this task? State it! Do you think they would provide this access? State it! State the obvious and leave no room for assumptions.
Not Forming The Right Contract
Related to the above mistake is this one! You are not just expected to say everything; you are expected to put it all in the contract that both of you are going to sign. This would give you the assurance that everything documented there would be delivered. Hence, it should be created with complete due diligence.
Not Securing Your IP
Another mistake that most organizations, especially startups, make is to not protect their IP through legal means. As a startup, your idea, your intellectual property is your main treasure. Hold on to it tight and secure it through all means possible.
6.2 Outsourcing Costs: Tips To Save More
Just knowing the cost of outsourcing is not something that a company should be satisfied with. You should always look for more!
Now that we know what is our outsourcing cost and how we can calculate it, let’s throw light on some tips that can help us in reducing cost using outsourcing. While outsourcing can help you save costs, these tips would help you cut down even those costs.
Have A Process That Encourages Flexibility
As an entrepreneur, outsourcing your project would come it easily if you have a process in hand. The best approach for this is the agile methodology. It is a iterative approach where you assign work in sprints for getting smaller chunks of work done in some time. A study has concluded that agile projects have a 28% higher chance of being successful in managing projects. If you are also planning to outsource your operations, it is important that you go with the agile approach.
The multiple short iterations in agile methodology pave way for a more effective and better-developed product.
- It has the creation, testing, and release of the project in many iterations
It ensures that if any changes are required, they would be implemented during the project completion and full and final product would be released on the committed date.
- There is more transparency and increased collaboration in agile development
- You can customize agile based on the way your startup works
Follow The Approach Smartly
The best advantage of the agile approach is that it works effectively with mini-deliverables. As a startup, you do not have the resources to separately assign an individual for looking into the project management closely nor do you have the extra funds to afford a completely failed or different end-product. So, the best way out in this case is to create mini-deliverables. These could be aligned with the sprints that the outsourcing company formulates. It could help you keep a tab on the outsourced product without having to indulge completely and also eliminating any chances of totally different delivery.
Also Read: Tips To Ensure Success With Outsourcing
The next tip revolves around technology. When outsourcing your product development, you need to be on the technology forefront. There are a number of digital tools out there that could help you minimize and even eliminate a number of costs. These could include collaboration tools, project management tools, automation tools, Robotic Process Automation, etc., which could be very helpful in cutting down the total cost of outsourcing.
Select The Skill Not The Price
As discussed, going for the price of the remote developer for your project would be a big mistake. An effective tip would be to sort and filter the outsourcing service provider based on the skill that he/she has. You can even select the outsourcing agency by going through the technology stack. A good tip would be to find a developer and see their portfolio. It should always have more projects on the tech stack that you are looking for. They should not just showcase the skill on the resume but also have actually worked on it.
Start Small To Understand Outsourcing Better
Many companies tend to outsource all their operations in one go. You need to avoid doing that and take the outsourcing venture a bit slower. Take one step at a time only. Start by outsourcing any one operation other than your core competency. If you like what you are getting and it is turning out to be efficient and cost-effective, then only should you go further with the outsourcing venture.
6.3 Best Strategies For Outsourcing Cost Reduction
While we have certainly talked about some great tips that could be effective in reducing your outsourcing cost, there are a few practices that might also be helpful in outsourcing cost reduction. These practices have been adopted by many companies and are emerging out to cut short the outsourcing cost, especially for startups.
High-Priority Tasks First
When it comes to outsourcing your tasks, it is always advisable to prioritize your outsourcing tasks. Also, ensure that only the high-priority tasks or features are developed first.
This way, even if your shoestring budget exhausts or you run out of time, you can easily cut down the outsourcing relationship then and there while still having an MVP or something that does only require few modifications. Do not join hands with outsourcing vendors that want to take care of the easier tasks first and later work on important tasks.
Start With MVP Development
Another strategy that you can employ when you start outsourcing is to outsource MVP development first. MVP is the Minimum Viable Product with the bare minimum features to get your product out in the market.
For startups, MVP development is a great approach. This would help you know how good the company is and if you and your targeted users are satisfied with the MVP, you can continue the outsourcing relationship with them to improve as the feedback offered. Statup unicorns like Uber, Airbnb, Spotify also used MVP.
Go For The Hybrid Approach
Another cost-effective practice for outsourcing is to adopt a hybrid approach. This is where you bring together two approaches for outsourcing and transform them into one.
The best hybrid approach for outsourcing is to have the outsourcing company’s personnel in your location who would take care of all the operations in the offshore location. This way you would make the most of both on-site and offshore development.
6.4 Finding The Right Company: Key to Unlock Savings
What is the key to unlocking cost savings in outsourcing you ask? A simple answer would be to find the right vendor. Choosing a remote developer from a trusted web development company for outsourcing mitigates your risks and can offer added flexibility, scalability, experience, etc., to the venture. If you have found the right outsourcing company, 90% of your risks are eliminated and the chances of outsourcing success scale up. Keep reading below to know how you can find the perfect company for your outsourcing venture.
What Is Company's Niche & Expertise?
The first thing you should check is their expertise, and not just the general experience, check their expertise in your industry. You would want them to have worked on other projects in your industry too so that they would easily understand your industry requirements and deliver accordingly.
How Many Developers Are Working For Them?
As a startup, your goal is to grow with time and would always want to outsource to a company that can allow you to scale. Whether you want to add more developers to your extended team or want to find developers with new tech stacks, the company should be able to provide you with one.
What Communication Channels They Use?
The communication channels and collaboration tools they utilize are also important. Talk to them about their communication channels and ensure they make use of the best channels for seamless communication.
Do They Let You Choose The Developers?
Know if the company is offering you the freedom to choose the developer of your choice. They should offer you the freedom to screen developers and choose the one you like. And in case, you don’t like any existing developer, they should also offer you the ease to replace him/her.
Are They Adapting to Your Time Zone?
Being in different time zones can pose a big challenge. They should be able to adapt to your time zones. It should not create a gap in their working or your involvement in the project.
What Are Their Pricing Models & Methods?
Many companies might try to loot you by changing the pricing model of their developers once they are aboard your project. Find a company that sticks to a particular cost and lets you find developers on a fixed cost only.
Are They Providing Consultation As Well?
For a startup, outsourcing is not simply about development, it is also about brainstorming and consultation to help them grow. You need to find a company that would offer consultation to help you improve and scale with your operations.
Is Their Technology Stack Up-to-date?
The technology stack that the company has, also plays a crucial role in its expertise. You need to be sure that that company has access to new-age and emerging technologies to help you gain a competitive edge.
Also Read: What Technology Stack suits Your Startup?
6.5 Now You Know
- There are various mistakes that you should avoid to ensure you are not among the companies that fail at outsourcing
- There are many tips that you can follow as well to cut down your overall outsourcing cost
- Apart from that, you can adopt the best outsourcing practices that have been proven to save money
- In the end, it all boils down to the developer or outsourcing company that you select and you need to take care of certain things to find the right company as well.
Start Outsourcing, Start Saving
When your budget is on a shoestring and you can find an in-house team with the latest skills and technology stack, shift gears to the outsourcing route!
But costs should never be the sole reason you start your outsourcing venture!
We believe that outsourcing can reduce costs. But along with reducing costs, it also enables you to improve your operations while keeping your undiverted attention on scaling your startup.
Classic Informatics: Your Outsourcing Partner
Classic Informatics is a client-centric organization that offers complete solutions for web development, IT services, product engineering, app development, and much more. We team up with Startups, SMEs & Large Organizations to build and deliver user-centric products and solutions.
We help startups with end to end product engineering including project management, documentation, development, testing & growth. Right from the ideation stage of the product to its development and growth, we assist startups become successful.
As your outsourcing partner, we can help you gain a competitive edge while reducing your costs! We have even helped a number of clients in doing the same. One of our clients, Mr. Francisco, founder of a healthcare portal, has been very satisfied with outsourcing is development operations to us. Quoting Francisco,
“I gave the remote developers, at Classic Informatics, a detailed description of what I needed and they started the development process. Weekly iterations with the team on Friday made it easier to connect and see the progress. They dealt with everything on a dedicated project management application and made it very very quick. They have offered assistance in each front of the development. ”
So, why wait?
Start outsourcing and start saving costs!