Remote Staffing Vs Outsourcing: Which One is Right for Your Business?

Remote staffing vs outsourcing

The new normal is here. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is living it and as we know, work styles have taken a huge leap. Forward, of course! However, a lot of businesses still don’t know what’s the difference between remote staffing and outsourcing.

Both models have existed for a long time. In 2020, the benefits of remote staffing finally came into the limelight. Necessity leads to invention; adversity leads to discovering value in what we had all along!

But… What is Remote Staffing? 

Many companies work with placement agencies that help them locate potential talented employees. Remote staffing agencies do the same with the only (big) difference that they don’t limit themselves in recruiting candidates in a limited area. They focus their efforts overseas and in emerging markets headhunting talented candidates.

Remote staffing encourages companies to employ people who work outside the office.

A lot of you hire many freelancers, especially when starting a new business. Makes sense. Lesser payouts to freelancers is economically “attractive” to you. This is most definitely not an ideal setup if scaling your business is on your mind. This is where remote teams come to your rescue. You save while you grow, a very possible equation with a remote team.

Decisions related to staffing must strike a balance between the need of the hour and your vision for the future. These are, indeed, critical decisions to make. Take your time to understand both the models before moving forward. Whether you go for remote staffing or outsourcing, the decision will have direct consequences on every aspect of your business.

Simply put: if you’re looking at growing your team, you’ll need to check what will be best suited for you at the moment and in the long run.

Understanding the differences between remote staffing and outsourcing will help you make better business decisions. So let’s lay them out:

What’s the Difference Between Remote Staffing and Outsourcing?

1. Remote Staffing is Cost Flexible, Outsourcing is Inexpensive

The statement is self explanatory but can be confusing. While outsourcing is inexpensive, it doesn’t mean that the project or assignment will always be of top-notch quality. Working with freelancers is an ‘uncontrolled’ or ‘unregulated’ work style. What you think is coming to you as an inexpensive option could actually become a loss if the work isn’t of the quality that was expected. This bleeds further into delays, more back and forth, and less goal accomplishment.

On the other hand, remote staffing is cost flexible. This means that you might/might not choose to hire high-cost employees, depending on your requirement. One huge advantage is that remote staffing works exactly like it would if yours was an actual office bustling with employees. By this, we mean that this is a controlled and regulated work environment. You will enjoy a reliable in-house team at a much lesser cost because – no overheads!

2. Remote Staffing = Shorter Turnaround Time

Remote staffing allows for better communication between the managers and the remote employees. This is because you are in full control of the tools and software that can be used to create a process and a better workflow. The consequence:  accountability and timely delivery of assigned work.

When you outsource a project to freelancers or consulting service providers, you need to leave it to them. You might end up with multiple follow ups as a part of your weekly agenda. If you don’t receive the work on time, your business could take a hit, depending on how crucial the project was. 

Because remote staffing comes with a focus on accountability and timely delivery, it is a better long term option for any business that is looking for growth. 

3. Remote Staffing vs. Outsourcing: The Work Culture

If you’ve ever done any odd jobs or freelance work yourself, you’ll know why you were in it. There’s nothing wrong with doing a job for money but when it comes to hiring for your business, you need to decide if culture fit is important to you. 

Think of someone who isn’t aligned with your vision and mission. Also, this person is not engaged with the actual ‘persona’ of your business. If you’re okay with this arrangement where you don’t feel it is necessary for someone who works for you to be a part of what your business stands for, then outsourcing is alright. 

When you think long term, you know that you need people to work ‘with’ you and not ‘for’ you. That is possible only with remote staffing where people will become a real part of your team and you can build a company culture that is aligned to your vision. This leads to individual and cumulative growth for all involved. A win-win situation indeed. 

4. With Remote Staffing You Know Who is Working on the Project

You’re wondering what this actually means. Here’s how the process of hiring a remote team works:

  • A remote staffing company like DistantJob helps you find the best candidates that fit your needs.
  • These candidates are prescreened, thus reducing the amount of time you need to spend on the hiring process. 
  • Once hired, you have complete control over your remote candidate/team and can seamlessly absorb them into your culture. 
expand your team with international talent

When you outsource the work to freelancers or service providers, you might get your work on time but you have no idea/control over who works on it. This could prove to be a problem if the quality of work doesn’t match your requirements. Remote staffing doesn’t pose such problems and hence, is a better option to go for.

As you can see remote staffing and outsourcing are both good enough options depending on your needs. If ‘long term’ is on your mind and you want to scale your business, hiring remote employees is most definitely a smarter decision. With DistantJob being an industry pioneer with over a decade of experience in remote staffing, you’ll have a remote team of talented professionals working on your dream business in no time.

Imagine saving on cost, time, overhead and stress along with hiring the best remote experts for your business.

There is a thin line between a businessman and a visionary. One focuses on transactions while the other focuses on transformation. Which one are you?

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Aneesha Kochar

Aneesha Kochar

Aneesha Kochar is a Content Marketer at DistantJob. She has been a freelance writer for more than a decade. An ocean of information along with many of her own experiences can be witnessed in her writing.