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The Step by Step Guide to Effective Outsourcing

The Step by Step Guide to Effective Outsourcing

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guarantee outsourcing success. But a combination of common sense, a structured approach, and learning from others’ experiences will go a long way.

That is why, in this guide, we are going to have a quick look at some of the most crucial steps that you need to look into when outsourcing.

If you’re thinking of outsourcing some of your business operations, then this guide is for you.

Stages of Outsourcing 

The starting point is to understand the full lifecycle of an outsourcing deal so you can formulate a successful outsourcing plan.

There are six stages of an outsourcing lifecycle:

Stage 1: Assessment 

The initial stage where you determine whether you should outsource or not. And if yes, know the scope of your outsourcing deal. 

It is in this stage where you identify:

* what you want to achieve

* the financial benefit you will gain from your outsourcing contract

* the costs you will incur to deliver the benefits

* the risks which must be mitigated to ensure a successful outcome

* the overall size and shape of your contract, aligned with your business needs.

Stage 2: Preparation

You come up with a list of vendors that best fits your company profile at this stage. You will also be outlining the detailed requirements you want to be included in your Request for Proposal (RFP) document..

Your RFP should include relevant industry-specific regulatory requirements, key deal-breakers, outcome and performance standards, timelines, and how the transition from in-house to outsourced will take place. 

Stage 3: Evaluation

The evaluation stage covers the careful consideration of all your shortlisted vendor’s proposals followed by negotiations that will result in a final shortlist of partners for contract negotiations.

The overall aim at this stage is to identify and choose the vendor(s) who will provide the best value for your outsourced services. Do another background check, if necessary,  take them through final due diligence, followed by contract negotiations.  

Stage 4: Commitment

The commitment stage is also considered the contract negotiation stage. It is primarily to get your deal across to your vendor and achieve the best value for your money.

Contract development and negotiation are central at this stage – from drafting the terms and conditions, right down to the signing of the agreement. 

The objective is not getting the lowest contract price but rather achieving the optimal long term benefit for yourself and your BPO partner. 

Stage 5: Transition and Transformation

The transition of the work and resources to your BPO partner happens at this stage. Focus is on process implementation, project management, and knowledge transfer.

At this stage, any pre-transition issues such as logistics should already be resolved. Sessions to discuss operational procedures in meeting agreed services would be taking place. Ramping up and necessary training to educate staff on both sides will also be completed at this stage.

Stage 6: Operation and Optimization

The final stage of the outsourcing lifecycle is the relationship management between you and your BPO partner. It involves monitoring and ensuring contractual obligations are fulfilled in a timely and effective manner and making sure that service demands are managed and satisfied.

It is essentially the operational responsibility which continues throughout the contract until the renewal, renegotiation, or termination of the partnership.

What’s Next?

Executive Boutique is a leading provider of BPO services in the Philippines.

Our services are designed to help businesses elevate performance, improve efficiency, and achieve strategic objectives at a lower cost.

Contact us today for more information.

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4 Predictions on How Outsourcing Can Change in the Next 10 Years

4 Predictions on How Outsourcing Can Change in the Next 10 Years

Outsourcing has benefited numerous industries through the years, and it has led to overwhelming improvements in work efficiency while reducing costs.

Before, outsourcing was mainly used for manufacturing. Today, we’re now at the age of online outsourcing, with a broader range of services being spread across the globe.

In the coming years, the face of outsourcing will also change and evolve to meet increasing demand, as well as keep up with the dynamic and rapidly advancing technologies.

The Future of Outsourcing

Business process outsourcing continues to gain popularity, with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s brands using outsourcing as a key driver for growth.

In the next 10 years, we can expect the continuation of some outsourcing trends, as well as the emergence of fields that can have a huge impact on how businesses will be run in the future.

Prediction 1 – Everything on The Cloud

Most businesses have already switched to cloud computing to outsource some of their work to other companies.

There are several benefits to adopting this trend on a global scale:

  • Improved business collaboration between the client and the BPO company due to system standardization.
  • More available storage on the cloud.
  • Better data security due to impenetrable cloud security systems.
  • Streamlined data administration, which allows for faster access to the company’s resources for outsourced teams.

Prediction 2 – Lack of a Highly-Skilled Workforce

An increasing number of companies are turning to BPO sectors for workers who can handle high-end services such as mobile applications, cloud computing, digital technology, and more.

Outsourcing companies are expected to invest more in AI and automation in the coming years to fill in the gaps for work that should have been given to skilled workers.

Other services that may be affected include financing and accounting services, such as billing, receivables, accounts payable, and more.

Prediction 3 – More Political Involvement

We all know about Trump’s “America First” policy that has discouraged outsourcing to other countries in an attempt to focus on “Buy American, Hire American.”

Despite this policy, the Asian BPO industry continues to experience rapid growth, and it’s safe to say this won’t change in the 10 years, as well.

What will change, however, is the involvement of other government sectors in an attempt to control or regulate these outsourcing-related investments.

Prediction 4 – Emergence of More Lucrative Countries to Outsource

The countries that are considered the frontrunners in outsourcing are the Philippines, Malaysia, and India.

In the coming years, there will be more countries on that list, including ones from Europe.

Bulgaria, Romania, Egypt, and Mexico are slowly gaining popularity as ideal outsourcing countries, mostly due to the cost-efficiency and availability of highly-skilled workers.

Conclusion

The growing industry competitiveness and pressure to conduct business operations at lower costs are two main factors that will shape how the outsourcing industry will look in the next 10 years.

Overall, it’s clear to see that outsourcing won’t be slowing down any time soon. If anything, it will only continue to rise, which is good news for both companies and the leading BPO nations.

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Why Outsourcing Can Make A Huge Difference in Your Startup’s Success

Why Outsourcing Can Make A Huge Difference in Your Startup’s Success

With modern technology making it easier to start and run a business venture, startup companies are steadily increasing in number. And when people come across or hear startup success stories, they get psyched.

In reality, though (according to statistics), 9 out of 10 startups fail.

The reasons vary from having no market demand for the venture, poor leadership, no skill or expertise for the needed business, or lack of resources.

Outsourcing for Startups

These reasons, however, can be quickly addressed with outsourcing. The percentage of startups that are successful know full well the advantages and are relying on outsourcing as their fail-proof business strategy.      

The list below shows some of the ways outsourcing can make a huge difference in your startup’s success.

Value For Your Money

Startup companies are usually self-funded by its founding members in its development stage, so resources are limited. With outsourcing, your capital will go a long way.

Cost savings is the number one reason companies choose to outsource. With outsourcing, you are saving on recruitment and training costs, as well as paying a full-time employee salary and benefits. And of course, with fewer headcount at work, your overhead expenses are also significantly reduced.

Guarantees you Management and Support by Experts/ Specialists

Outsourcing is the fastest way to get that much needed helping hand. Not forgetting the fact that the very same extra pair of helping hands are experts at what they do. 

The best and the brightest talents support outsourcing companies. They only employ highly-skilled and certified experts..

Often as an entrepreneur, to make everything work, you may have to don different professional hats and multi-task. You can be a salesperson one minute and an accountant the next.

With outsourcing, you can stick to what you do best and delegate the functions you are not so good at to the experts. 

Allows You to Focus on Core Business

Of course, with experts handling some of your business functions, you now have more time to focus on what is core and essential to your business. You can dedicate all your efforts in planning your business expansion or developing your products and services.

Enables You to Run Your Business Full Scale

In its infancy stage, startup companies usually only have less than ten people behind it. And with limited resources, it’s an enormous challenge to operate on a full scale. This usually means forgoing some business functions such as customer support or marketing.

Outsourcing will change all that. Business functions such as customer support, IT or helpdesk support, marketing and sales, human resources, recruitment can be outsourced.  This allows you to operate your startup business on a full scale.

What’s Next?

Allow us at Executive Boutique to be a part of our startup success story.

We are a leading provider of outsourced call center services, offering you a portfolio of business support services across a range of industries.

You can rely on our highly-skilled, multi-lingual specialists to deliver exceptional customer service every time at affordable costs.

Contact us today to get your non-obligatory quote!

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5 Reasons Companies Outsource their Recruitments Tasks

5 Reasons Companies Outsource their Recruitments Tasks

At some point in your journey as a business owner, there will come a time when you need to  make recruitment decisions – hiring the right people for your organization.

Since your employees are your company ambassadors, you want to make sure that the people you choose are the right fit. After all, a company is only as good as its people. The calibre of the talents behind your organization may well define your capabilities as well as determine your company’s success 

Why Companies Outsource Recruitment

That’s why organizations put an emphasis on their recruitment endeavors. But with the recruitment process evolving brought about by advances in technology, most companies today choose to outsource this particular business function. And rightfully so, because they stand to gain several benefits through outsourcing.

Absolute Focus on Core Business

Recruitment efforts can be time-consuming. The more time you spend on screening and interviewing candidates is also time away from your assigned tasks. 

Also, not all companies are in the hiring and recruitment business. It’s best to leave the ins and outs of recruitment to experts.

Produces the Best Candidates  

Multiple job platforms are now available to both job seekers and employers. There’s a chance you’ll miss the perfect candidate if you do not know where and what to look for in a candidate. 

When you outsource, you are working with experienced and expert headhunters. They know where to look for, as well as have the best approach in finding the ideal candidate. 

They use the best industry tactics and practices, so they find the best and the brightest talents in the market.

It’s Cost-Effective 

Recruiting can cost a bomb. Setting aside labor costs, especially if you have an in-house recruitment team, you have to pay for ad placements in job boards and doing background checks. 

In cases where no proper recruiting protocols are in place, the results of the recruitment efforts may not be adequate in justifying your expenditure.

But when you outsource, you just pay a fixed amount for everything. 

 Let’s you keep up with the Demand

For companies that need additional workers seasonally, it may be a challenge to meet recruiting demands only to downsize when that season is over.

As well as for companies who are rapidly growing and have an immediate need for talents, your outsourced recruitment partner can deliver on time.

It is wise to outsource recruiting in such cases since they have several different recruiting programs geared towards such situations.

Allows Fair Competition

Startups and SMEs most probably do not have sufficient resources to recruit first-rate talents or go toe to toe with massive corporations. But outsourced recruiting levels the playing field. 

Outsourcing companies do not discriminate and will always deliver the same input regardless of the size of your organization.

What’s Next?

Executive Boutique is a leading BPO company in the Philippines, providing inbound and outbound call center services as well as business process outsourcing.

Improve your customer satisfaction rates and enhance your efficiency by partnering with us.  We guarantee the highest quality of customer and business support at the most affordable prices!

Contact us now to find out more.

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How to Determine Your Outsourcing Costs

How to Determine Your Outsourcing Costs

If your spending a huge chunk of your working hours doing menial and repetitive tasks, instead of working on your core business processes, then you should consider outsourcing.

While outsourcing offers a wide array of benefits for your business, you also need to know the costs involved when outsourcing your processes and tasks. 

Depending on your needs and goals for outsourcing, there are several ways to compute the cost of outsourcing.

To make the outsourcing cost calculation simple, you can do a Differential Cost Analysis to see the total cost difference between two alternative courses of action.

Here are the steps to do it. 

Step 1. Define the tasks and processes you want to outsource.

Defining the specific business processes and tasks you want to outsource, their quality, and quantity are crucial to doing a Differential Cost Analysis

These factors can help you make an objective comparison between what a third-party service can provide, and what you can do internally. 

When you clearly define your business functions and workflow steps for outsourcing, you’ll have a better understanding of all your workflow steps, and get a more accurate cost analysis.

This also helps you ensure that the services in your outsourcing provider’s proposal match your expectations for your business.    

Step 2. Identify the in-house costs you can avoid by outsourcing.

First, you need to list down the costs related to your processes to be outsourced. 

This includes your direct costs (equipment, supplies, salaries, and more) and indirect costs (internal services and administration).  

Also, ensure that you don’t include Sunk Cost or already incurred costs that can’t be recovered.   

Next, enumerate all the in-house costs that can be avoided if the business function is outsourced.

These can mostly differ from your total costs – such as the costs you would incur if your company maintains a level of management of the business function.

Step 3. Calculate the total outsourcing cost.

Once you’re done calculating the in-house costs that can be avoided by outsourcing, it’s time to compute the total cost of outsourcing your specific business process. 

You can work the computations with your outsourcing provider as they have the complete details of their bid price, including the amount for managing and building your team.   

The total outsourcing cost will also include transition and administration costs, equipment, processing change orders, and more.  

Step 4. Deduct your total outsourcing costs from your in-house costs. 

The final step in your cost analysis is to compute the difference between the saved cost and the incurred costs from outsourcing. 

To do this, you can deduct the total cost of outsourcing from your in-house costs. 

If the figures show favorable results and significantly reduce the cost of your business process, then you can justify your need for outsourcing. 

What’s Next?

Understanding your outsourcing costs helps you make better business decisions in terms of working with third-party service providers.

It’s also a good basis for determining the cost-effectiveness of outsourcing your business processes and functions.  

Are you searching for a trustworthy and professional outsourcing company to help you grow your business? 

Contact us today at 1-888-700-9555.  

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Why Cybersecurity is Essential for Retail Businesses

Online shopping has possibly become the easiest way to get what we need and get it fast — we use it to order food, entertainment, clothing, and even groceries and anything else! With a convenient click, and copying a few numbers down from a plastic card, we have the world at our fingertips. The only downside? We’re copying a few numbers from a little plastic card. As it turns out, though, these numbers have a grave weight in the world; It’s astounding to think that something so small can have such a massive impact on our lives — we use them so much and rely on them far more than we do cash, and if anyone got a hold of our credit or debit cards? Yikes. So, it’s important to make sure that your retail business is armed to the very teeth, because cybersecurity…

Boosts clientele.

If your customers know that your website is not only useful, but also safe, then they will be sure to spread the word about it to their friends and family. Keeping your current customers safe is the best way to get a bigger client base.

Protects your products.

If someone can hack into the most secured part of your website and access all of the sensitive information, there’s no telling what can sneak in with it; they could pull the card numbers and do all kinds of damage in the process or on the way out, like just a physical robbery.

Protects your business.

Not only will you lose hundreds — maybe even thousands — of dollars’ worth of products and potential, but you will also face possible legal action as well. PCI Compliance is a set of guidelines that all businesses that work with credit/debit card information are required to abide by, as stated by the PCI Standards Council. Should these guidelines be violated, you will most likely find yourself deep in legal paperwork and with a headache.

Cybersecurity is no longer a luxury for high-end websites; if you want to run a business from the web, you need it, and you need the absolute best. Without it, you will see a drop in first customer satisfaction, and then customers themselves will drop like flies, you will lose money, which is the opposite of what you’re doing with your business, and you will most likely find yourself a friend to your attorney. So, make sure you keep yourself safe!

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What an Outsourcing Provider Can Do For Your B2B Company

What an Outsourcing Provider Can Do For Your B2B Company

Running a Business to Business (B2B) company can come with many challenges, such as establishing a solid marketing strategy and generating leads.

Unless you are willing to invest in a dedicated marketing team to focus on these aspects of your B2B operations, lead generation, and marketing can take some time and effort.  

The good news is, you can outsource these tasks and your other business processes so you can focus on other important aspects of running your B2B company.

In this post, we’re going to talk about the things that an outsourcing provider can do for your B2B company.   

1. Upgrade Your B2B Marketing Strategies

The techniques, platforms, and tools used in marketing are continuing to grow and expand, which can be overwhelming for you to keep up with.

By outsourcing your marketing tasks, you can save time, energy, and financial resources necessary to train or learn the latest B2B marketing strategies.  

Also, it will be easier for your business to move on to the latest marketing technologies to help your company have a more strategic advantage over your competitors.  

2. Higher Lead Quality

Outsourcing your lead generation lets you gain higher quality insights quicker. 

When you partner with data-driven lead generation experts, for instance, can give you access to cutting-edge and high-quality information faster.

Also, since outsourced lead generation specialists are metrics-driven, they can give you insightful information without needing to take extra time to mine quality data.  

3. More Accountability 

Outsourcing providers have established systems, tools, and processes for performing the services you work with them for.

For instance, an outsourced marketing agency can have the technologies that allow them to gather metrics and create reports based on those metrics.

They have the tools and the workforce already in place that you’d otherwise have to invest in significantly and might have to wait to get the results you need.   

By outsourcing, you can get direct plus reliable results, and your ROI, which can lead your B2B company to more accountable functions. 

4. Lower Operation Costs

Industry memberships and software licenses are costly. 

With outsourcing providers, you can have shared access to the necessary software.

This means your B2B company can gain access to the reliable results offered by your shared software, without having to shoulder all the costs of getting them. 

You will also have more time to focus on the results and the progress of your efforts rather than on the nitty-gritty details of your business operations 

5. Gain Access to Strategic Thinking

Having experts on your side can help you grow your B2B company. 

You can bridge the expertise and knowledge gap that you need to succeed by outsourcing your shortage of personnel and skills to a team of experts in their field.    

Also, internal politics and ingrained opinions among your employees can hinder fresh perspectives plus new ideas from coming forward. 

Working with outsourcing providers allow your ideas to be countered by new insights and perspectives for the growth of your B2B company. 

What’s Next?

Working with outsourcing providers can make or break the growth of your B2B company. 

The difference between working with experts to save your financial resources, time, and energy and doing everything yourself can be the difference between failure and success. 

Are you searching for an outsourcing company with cutting-edge infrastructure, highly-skilled talents, and one that can help you grow your B2B business?

Please give us a call now at 1-888-700-9555.

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How to Identify Which Outsourcing Company is Right for You

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Outsourcing

If you want to get more sales, offer better customer support, and increase your efficiency as a business (among other things), then you need to start outsourcing.

When you think about all the benefits you can enjoy from outsourcing, the business move to collaborate with a third-party BPO company just makes sense.

Even having said that, however, it’s worth pointing out that not all outsourcing companies are created equal.

There are those that provide real value to their partners, while there are those who produce less than stellar results.

In this guide, we’re going to talk about some of the characteristics that you need to look into when deciding if the outsourcing company is right for you.

If you’re about to outsource some of your tasks but aren’t sure which outsourcing company to work with, then this guide is for you.

1. Employee Training and Development

When outsourcing companies put value in employee training and development, it pretty much shows how they care about their clients’ welfare.

Since the outsourcing company’s employees are in the trenches, directly addressing the needs of the customers, they ought to be well-trained and equipped with the skills they need to be able to represent the company in the best way.

2. Infrastructure and Technology

The last thing you want is to experience downtimes upon downtimes, all because the outsourcing company you’re working with had an outage in their area.

That’s just one of the issues that can arise, by the way. There are security vulnerabilities and other compliance-related issues that you might face when dealing with a poorly-equipped outsourcing company.

3. Strategic Location

You need to consider the location of your prospective outsourcing partner before deciding to collaborate with them.

Here’s the thing, depending on where the company is situated, you might find it difficult to scale your business with them.

Supposing your company is fairly large and you need to add 200 more inbound/outbound call center agents to your team. If the outsourcing company is located in a provincial area where there aren’t that many universities, then they will most likely find it challenging to hire 200 more people to address your needs, simply because there aren’t that many skilled people in the area.

4. Affordability

Depending on the location of the outsourcing company and the type of service that you’re looking to outsource, you might have to pay between $6 – $50 per person per hour.

There isn’t an exact figure for this. And outsourcing companies would justify their pricing based on varying elements.

That is why you need to be thorough when screening and shortlisting your prospective outsourcing partner.

After all, it wouldn’t make sense for you to pay $40 per agent per hour when you can get the same level of quality and service from a company who would charge you $10 per person per hour.

What’s Next?

Partnering with the right outsourcing company can make or break your business.

It can spell the difference between you experiencing unprecedented growth, or you experiencing headaches upon headaches.

If you’re looking for an outsourcing company that you can trust, one that’s equipped with state of the art infrastructure, highly-skilled talents, and one that’s genuinely committed to grow your business, then call us now at 1-888-700-9555.

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Why Multitasking May Not Really Be the Best Strategy

We have all learned to do things in the most effective way possible, and oftentimes, we think that way might be with multitasking. We think that, if we can get two or three things done at the same or at about the same time, our days would be much easier, right? Well, the truth is, multitasking isn’t for everyone — or for just any project; you may actually be spending more time doing these things at once than you would if you did it all one at a time.

Multitasking isn’t really what it’s called; it’s a basic task-switch. You’re not really getting anything done because you keep switching from one task to another. Have you ever watched a toddler go from building a block castle to coloring a single page from a coloring book? When they switch off from task to task, neither gets done right away, or the way they want it. Or maybe you’ve noticed that it takes longer while driving to your destination while on the phone, rather than not? That’s because your brain is split between two different — and important — things, when the tasks really deserve your undivided attention. What will get things done faster, though, is doing things in batches. For example: send out all your emails at once, write your reports one after another, etc. Your brain gets super-focused on the task at hand and you fly right through everything.

Not only is it a total time-waster, but with the more projects or tasks you take on, the more mistakes you’ll make, especially when you’re doing something important that involves critical thinking. People can lose up to 40% productivity when they choose to task-switch, and honestly, that doesn’t sound worth the time you think you might be saving.

It’s also incredibly stressful! Have you noticed that the terms “busybody” and “hectic” always seem to coexist alongside individuals who try an multitask? That’s because it’s true! When you’re busy doing all sorts of things at once, your body jumps into an anxiety-driven panic, and your heart rate is stuck at a racing speed. So, by the end of the day, you’re exhausted, and have no energy for any other activities outside of work.

While we think that multitasking is a great way to get things done and have more time in the day, it’s more trouble than it’s worth; your work isn’t as neat, your body is tired, and your mind wants to shut down by the end of the day. So, take your time, work on one task before turning to another, and enjoy what you’re doing!

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How to Make Outsourcing Work For Companies New to the Business Model

How to Make Outsourcing Work For Companies New to the Business Model

Everyone’s been saying it. We’ve all heard and read about it, that outsourcing is an effective business strategy — even for businesses who are new to the business model.

It allows them to do more while spending less and it gives them real value for their money.

But having the confidence and being absolutely positive that outsourcing will, indeed, work for your company is not enough. You need to plan and sort out your gameplan to ensure (to some extent) that outsourcing gives you the results you’re expecting.   

Planning Your Outsourcing

So how do you make sure that outsourcing works for you even if you are new to it? What do you need to do to ensure success?

Here are some helpful tips and steps to follow:

Don’t jump on the bandwagon 

Just because you know someone who’s successful since they’ve started to outsource, you decide to do it too. You cannot go into outsourcing lightly – without knowing what you want to outsource, what your goals are, and how to achieve it.

Define Your Purpose

Just because others are doing it, you also decide to do it is not enough. You need to formulate and be conscious of your goal. Are you outsourcing because you need their expertise? Do you need to streamline your process? Do you need the workforce to support you for a short term project? 

Whatever your reason may be, you need to be specific and clear. With awareness, it becomes easier to determine whether outsourcing is working for you.

Know What to Outsource

If your reason for outsourcing is because you want to have more time to focus on your core business, start by identifying what’s keeping you from doing so. 

You notice that you are spending considerable time calling out to set appointments or arranging one, then you need a virtual assistant. Or if you’re taking way too much time doing your expense reports or you just can’t deal with numeric data, then you’d probably want to outsource accounting or bookkeeping tasks.

After defining your purpose, comes the awareness of what you want or need to outsource.

Choose Your Outsourcing Partner

Now that you are clear on the why, what you want to achieve and want to outsource, you now need to decide and choose.

With so many BPO companies in the market, you will need to do thorough research and background checks before deciding on an outsourcing partner. 

Having a complete understanding of your outsourcing needs will guide you in choosing your BPO partner carefully – one that is a perfect fit for your outsourcing goals.  

Set Performance Metrics

The last step in implementing a successful outsourcing strategy is for you and your BPO partner to formulate and agree on specific parameters for measuring results. 

Having a clear set of parameters in place tracks any progress you are making and helps you determine your outcome. 

What’s Next?

Are you ready to give outsourcing a go? Want to know whether it will work for you? Have you identified which functions you want to outsource?

Reach out to us at Executive Boutique. Whether this is your first time or not, we would be delighted to work out the perfect outsourcing solution for you – at the best rate possible.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today and get a free, non-obligatory quote!

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