Modern businesses have been made more efficient by the advent of an ingenious new practice: Business Processes Outsourcing. It’s a term with which decision-makers across the business world have become suddenly familiar. But what exactly does it mean, and how can it benefit your business? Let’s take a look.
Business Process Outsourcing, or BPO as it’s more commonly known, means allowing an external contractor to perform a specific function that’s key to the business. This tends to mean anything that could theoretically be handled ‘in-house’, but which is instead outsourced.
It’s a way of collaborating with more specialised experts – or those with the broad expertise necessary to join up different processes. It’s something that businesses, nonprofits, and government organisations now do.
Certain tasks are more commonly outsourced than others. You might entrust your accounts and payroll processes to a third party, or your customer support, or your sales and loyalty initiatives. Similarly, a specialised courier will be able to provide same-day delivery.
How does BPO help businesses?
The main benefit of outsourcing is that it frees up resources in the main business. Rather than spend time and energy picking up a new capability, the business can focus on what it’s good at. This tends to mean a more efficient workload. If a problem should arise with the third party, then the arrangement can be easily reexamined and possibly rearranged.
The Main Benefits of BPO
There are several other substantial benefits to BPO.
A specialised entity might be able to perform a specific task much more effectively than your business can internally. For example, an accountant who files hundreds of returns in a year will likely be able to handle your return with far greater speed and efficiency.
What’s more, when you entrust certain functions to a specialist, your business becomes freer to specialise. Provided that you have a few members of staff with the range of experience and skills necessary to analyse and coordinate everyone, this can be a tremendous boon.
As a result of their specialisation, a business of this kind might be able to invest in more specific tools which would be out of the reach of your business. So, the company that comes in to deal with your IT might have access to technical tools that are beyond your reach or understanding.
Companies that outsource tend to have a better grasp of the cost of a particular activity and are, therefore, in a better position to bring those costs under control.
BPO companies tend to function not only as service providers, but as expert consultants, whose input might lead to broader improvements in the business. In some cases, you might hire outside consultants to come in with troubleshooting in mind from the start.