Stop Stealing Your Own People! How to Outsource an Entire Project

Hiring individual contractors is common in today’s engineering industries. Often, you need workers who can complete specialized tasks, but what happens when you have an entire project that you need to bring in on time–and on budget?

Usually you’ll assign one of your core team members to head up the side project–maybe bring on contract staff to support the initiative. But what about those moments when you need someone to take over a whole venture? The scope is larger than simply adding a few temporary workers; you can’t do the job because the logistics are too complicated. You already have enough work to focus on day-to-day.

Stop stealing your own people! You hired your core team members for a reason–let them do their own job. Outsourcing the entire side project lets you run your business more efficiently, instead of scattering your resources. With these tips, you’ll be able to pass any duty, uncertainty, and consequence to an organization that is better equipped to handle it. That way, you can focus on the jobs you can actually finish, helping your company do better business with more clients.

Get a Whole New Set of Skills

When you outsource an entire project, it’s like you’ve flipped your world upside down. You may have spent weeks struggling with logistics and other headaches, but once you’ve called in the right team, everything changes. Instead of struggling to make the end goal fit your capabilities, you can simply find people who already know how to do what’s necessary. As a result, your team can regroup and move on to something that proves more manageable.

What’s more, outsourcing comes with a new set of expectations for your contract employees. While you provide facilities and tools for your employees and contractors working on your projects, when you outsource an entire project, you also outsource the ancillary costs. As a result, outsourcing gives you access to facilities and equipment that you would not have had otherwise. Aspects of a project that may have seemed impossible before suddenly become plausible when you pass your project on to a qualified company. Generally, these workers also have enough lived experience to move through development work faster, so you’ll spend less time and less money with this type of firm than you would if you kept the job in-house.

Watch Out for These Risks

Still, when you hire another company to complete a task, you need to be wary of certain issues that may arise. For example, it’s harder for you to monitor whether the company doing the work complies with necessary safety standards and regulations. While outsourcing necessarily means handing over control of a project, you still may not appreciate taking a passive role in the process. When you need to go with an outside company, make sure that you have a good relationship with your professional services partner. Your reputation and well-being could suffer if you do not.

Work with a Trusted Name

When you need a project done right, don’t work with anyone who lacks a proven track record. If you do, you may not get the staffing options that you need; these companies usually don’t have the staff to complete your projects. If they do, they still may not be qualified to work on the specific areas you need finished.

The best way to ensure your project gets done right is to hire a group with a history of success. Check with these organizations to see what types of staff they work with. Those with industry experience tend to have connections with a range of different professionals, so they’ll be able to put together the right staff for your specific job. If you contact them early enough in the process, they should also be able to work within your timeline, so you won’t suffer from late penalties while trying to find workers with the right skills.

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Scott Russell Dempster

Scott Russell Dempster

Scott is the Creative Director at Ian Martin. His goal in life is to take boring stuff and make it easier to understand. When not pushing pixels around, he can be heard (from great distances) playing the bagpipes.
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