The Outsourcing Debate

Over the past couple of months, I have run across a debate brewing and it seems that a recent post by CopyBlogger has really caused there to be a little bit of a social media battle over the last week.

That argument is should a business really outsource and can you build a business on outsourcing. There are many who believe that you can. That is part of the 4-Hour Work Week.  Along that line many believe that you can build a venture that outsources the majority of work and build a money making machine.

But, then CopyBlogger last week posted an e-Book called “The Outsourcing Conspiracy Report” which basically seems to debunk the idea that a business can be built using heavy outsourcing and that it is a pie-in-the-sky idea that is the current trend for “get rich quick”.

So this week I have read many articles that seem to be discussing this exact issue and falling on different views.  Here are a couple:

Can you really outsource your life? [Freepursuits.com]

Should your startup outsource? [Blogtrepreneur.com]

If you remember, I even voiced a base opinion on it a few weeks ago called “What do you want??” where I said you have to understand your requirements.

SO…

With all the buzz around this topic, I am interested in finding out what you think.  Here’s your opportunity to chime in on the debate!!

1.  Should start-ups outsource?  Why or Why not?

2. Can you build a lasting, successful business that heavily outsources?  Why or why not?

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9 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    1. Start-ups need to outsource, its unlikely that the core team will have all the full range of experience required, and its vital that startups aren’t pressured to taking on additional staff just to fill skills gaps. The core team has the responsibility to carry the company vision, outsourcing simply enables you to get the expertise you need without having to find that magic person that can be a company evangelist.

    2. The recent growth of virtual organisations, which heavily rely on outsourcing shows that it is possible to build a successful business incorporating this strategy. Businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on networking, which allows (especially young) enterprises to respond quickly to changing market demands. Innovative use of outsourcing can also be a key driver of economic development, Red Button Design are planning on using this, keep an eye on http://www.redbuttondesign.blogspot.com to see how it works out!

  2. Tim
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Sorry but does the commet from James add anything to the debate about outsourcing or is it just a blatant advert for his company?

  3. Posted May 2, 2009 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    What is outsourcing?

  4. Jon
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    @vivek

    Dude. Google is your friend.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outsourcing

  5. Posted May 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    @James: Thanks for your opinion. It is a very good point that many companies could use outsourcing instead of simply “No can’t do that”. I think that it will be interesting to see how much of the heavy outsourcing can actually be done. I think that it will probably depend on what the middleman company’s value add is.

  6. Posted May 4, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Outsourcing started as a way for companies to get professional assistance in areas outside their core competency. For example a software development company might outsource accounting or even tech support. But when you start outsourcing your core competency you lose control of that which makes you valuable. In some sense, core competency is another bubble that may someday burst, leaving all those who inappropriately depended on it in a severely weakened state.

  7. Lance Derby
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I have been outsourcing work-related tasks for a while now for my business and it has worked great! I can’t believe the things you can outsource these days though. Just last week I read a TechCrunch article about VirtualDatingAssistants.com, a company that lets you outsource your online dating. Unbelievable…

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