With the current economy and the need to reduce overhead costs it may be a good idea to begin considering outsourcing your web project needs to a vendor/consultant.

Let’s face it, we all know the situation with the economy and the need to cut costs internally as much as possible.  Last week layoffs surged to over 300,000 since late August 2008 (see Techcrunch article for specifics http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/17/tech-layoffs-surge-to-300000/) with more layoffs announced and in all probability, more coming.

With the need to reduce costs, How could outsourcing be a benefit to you and your organization?

Depending on the type of vendor and contract period that you are considering, it could help to reduce your overall budget expense.  Outsourcing could also help to ensure that your project is delivered on-time, and in a smooth and efficient manner.

First, lets address budget. Vendor outsourcing would certainly be less costly than hiring and training new employees to address your web projects and/or updates/edits.  As mentioned above, layoffs are at a high right now and most companies have had to downsize in one way or another.  If you are lucky and can hire, hiring and training can run anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 just in ad placement, interviewing, background and drug checks and then the internal training (this doesn’t include salary compensation). Where, with a vendor there would be some expense in the research and proposal/interviewing stage, but then vendors are the experts and professionals. From that point on they should be able to take over and handle your project and web needs based upon the contract requirements.

Your website, in most cases, is your first impression to the general public, your members, your potential new members, your audience and your buyers. It is important to keep your website as up-to-date and fresh as possible.  Information/content needs to be updated timely and of relevance to keep users coming back to your site.  Functionality needs to be updated and user friendly. Technology is always changing and being updated, you need to stay in the forefront of your competition and ensure that you offer your website users with a good experience when they visit your site. You want them to keep coming back.

Vendor outsourcing is a viable solution to assisting you and your company with maintaining a good web presence, staying ahead of the competition through updated content and web strategies/technologies, and increasing users and traffic to your site.

Timing of your project is important and your selected vendor is the expert in the web strategy, design and development field. They should be able to provide you with a schedule timeline with milestones and updates throughout the process. Your vendor is representing you and your company. A good project depends on a good project manager. Your selected vendor should be a good project manager and ensure that the project experience and outcome is a smooth one for you and your organization.

I found a post that was done a few years ago regarding vendor consulting and still believe that this is relevant, the post was from the www.problogger.com site and does include good information and good comments that are definitely worth the time to review.  http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/11/27/hiring-a-web-consultant-pros-and-cons/