Every company needs to learn when it should rely on external expertise and outsource specific services rather than trying to do everything in-house.
Construction companies are no exception to this rule. The main focus should be on the core activities that add value to construction projects, impact end-user satisfaction, and generate greater profits.
Tasks which are obligatory but not part of daily operational activities might be best done by an external expert. For example, jobs like sound insulation testing and building inspection can be easily outsourced to professionals in the field. There is no need to develop the in-house capability for such tasks.
What other services can construction companies outsource?
Outsourcing services is a practice that is becoming common in more and more companies. The specialization of the areas and of the market in which the professional world operates today makes it increasingly important to have well-trained teams adapted to the new times.
Unfortunately, for many companies, it represents an extra cost that is difficult to assume in many cases due to limited budget and other resources. It is at this point that they consider leaving certain types of services or tasks in the hands of specialized companies.
As well as construction-related tasks, similar to those already mentioned, which are not a core part of business activity, but still need to be done, common services outsourced include accounting services, IT services, and human resources, among others.
Why outsource services?
The main reasons for outsourcing a service or business process are:
- Cost savings
- The need for a higher quality of service
- Access to experience, technology and ability of staff not available in-house
- To focus more on core activities
Due to these reasons, the areas that many companies choose to outsource are:
- Administration: including everything related to access control to work areas, cleaning, security, data recording and document translations. According to a study by Adecco, 44.70% of companies have these services outsourced.
- Production: logistics services, auxiliary services to the industry and everything related to IT services.
- Commercial: marketing, promotion and telemarketing teams are among the most outsourced services by companies.
Within the business sector, the belief is widespread that large companies outsource their services the most to save costs in terms of production and staff. However, this perception is wrong.
Outsourced services are equally or more frequently used by small businesses. Almost 60% of SMEs that have between 1 and 50 employees have some type of service, task or process outsourced.
Outsourcing is a solution for any type of company, large or small, that has an organizational need. Your construction company can outsource many services that can help your business grow.
Being able to focus on your core business activities and not worry about accounting or administration tasks can help drive business innovation, greater productivity in construction projects and allow you the time to focus on developing business networks and improved end-user satisfaction.
All of the above can have a significant positive impact on your bottom line!