SMEs urged to embrace outsourcing

September 17th, 2012 Category: Office Cleaning

Every penny counts in a difficult economic environment – and this is particularly true for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

So what options are open to business owners who want to make the most of their money without compromising on quality during these tough times?

Well, outsourcing various services to a third party might be the way forward.

According to Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation, this approach can help SMEs "stay nimble and keep overheads low", the Telegraph reports.

"My advice to any small business is to focus on what you do best and outsource the rest," she commented.

Journalist and business author Rachel Bridge identified office cleaning, bookkeeping and even product design as areas that can be taken on by an external firm.

All this allows SMEs to devote both their time and money to meeting their core objectives – which is certainly very valuable during these tough times.

Ms Bridge noted that "virtually every element" of a company can be outsourced these days, which therefore eases the financial burden on those that are keen to grow.

Furthermore, it can help SMEs avoid the cost of recruiting new staff.

Businesses were told there are various advantages to outsourcing tasks such as office cleaning.

For instance, you can benefit from expertise that you don't have in-house and concentrate on the "things you do well", while "offloading the tasks you perform badly".

And you'll only need to pay for services when you actually need them, rather than have people on your books all the time that you only use sparingly.

Consumer and business confidence have been weak for some time as a result of the continuing economic slump and it looks likely to stay this way for some time yet.

But if SMEs are to keep their heads above water and put themselves in a good position to thrive when the recovery gets underway, they need to put a strong focus on efficiency and making the best use of their money.

So outsourcing tasks such as office cleaning certainly fits in with that ethos.