Although outsourcing can be very beneficial, there are still some negatives which are worth considering before you start assigning tasks to other parties.
One of the problems with outsourcing is that the work you receive might not be up to the standard you require. You may find yourself rejecting a lot of work if it’s not suitable to pass on to your clients, but in many cases, you will still need to pay for the work which has been done. This could cause delays in getting the orders to your own clients, and you may even need to complete the work yourself if there is a deadline approaching.
You may also take on work before finding a suitable person to outsource it to. This could result in telling the client that you cannot complete the work for them, or you may find that it’s very stressful trying to find somebody to do the job before the deadline.
If you require good quality and a fast turnaround, you may not be able to get cheap prices. This will cause you to earn less money than you might have expected, and as you will still have to correspond with your client, check through the work you have been sent and then follow up with your client, this will take time out of your schedule. Many people find that it isn’t very cost-effective to outsource work, since they cannot find labour cheap enough to outweigh the problems associated with it.
Communication can be another big issue depending where in the world you are outsourcing to. If you are outsourcing work to a freelancer in India they might struggle to understand the full specification of the work and you might struggle to get what you want to be done across to them, Language will always be a barrier.