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Outsourcing your manufacturing do's and don'ts

As most of you are probably already aware of outsourcing is a thing that companies can do to help them reduce their overall costs. And the thing about outsourcing is that it can be done with almost any aspect within the company. Many of you are probably familiar with the fact that more and more companies are outsourcing their customer service, such as call centers in India, but what some of you might not be aware of is that companies are now starting to outsource manufacturing as well as accounting, customer service, payroll, etc. In other words outsourcing is hiring another company to perform a specific job task for your company, but the thing that is so great about outsourcing is that it doesn't have to be outsourced in this country it can be outsourced anywhere.

Here are some things that you should and shouldn't do when it comes to outsourcing your manufacturing.

Number one:
The first thing you need to do is determine if outsourcing your manufacturing process is going to be beneficial for your company. Will outsourcing help you cut costs and raise profits, or will outsourcing help you lower the total cost of your product so more people can buy it. What you don't want to do is to choose outsourcing if it is going to raise the costs of your product or create numerous delays so that you end up losing customers.

Number two:
Now that you have decided that outsourcing is right for your company you are going to need to decide what you are going to want to outsource. Do you want to outsource all of your manufacturing or just parts of it? Take a look at your manufacturing process to see which way will be the best for your company. When it comes to manufacturing parts of your product you are not going to want to outsource everything if your plant can actually do something cheaper than another plant or if it would be easier for your company to manufacture certain parts so that you always had them on hand.

Number three:
Now you are going to have to do some research on outsourcing. Doing this research you are going to have to see what place is the best place to outsource to. Part of this will depend on what type of product you are manufacturing. Some jobs can be outsourced locally while other jobs are best outsourced overseas. Something else that you are going to want to do after you have decided on outsourcing is to contact those companies to see what they have to offer your company.

Number four:
Now that you have decided on a company you are going to have to work out an agreement with that company about what you are going to outsource. In the agreement you are going to want to make the terms and conditions clear so that you both now what to expect. You are not going to want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the contract so make sure that you have a lawyer or other legal official look over the contract to ensure that your best interests are covered.

Number five:
Another thing that you need to keep in mind if you are considering outsourcing to another country is that not all countries have the same laws or regulations that the United States has. What this means is that the people who will be working at your manufacturing plant do not have to follow the laws and regulations that are passed in the United States, but the plant is incorporated in the United States o it must abide by the United States laws and regulations, including what is o.k. to ship into the country and the correct parts and supplies being used. So if you are outsourcing to another country you are going to want to make sure that they are properly trained to manufacture your products to the United States laws and regulations.

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