There were 327 new listings yesterday and 144 sales, for a sell/list of 44.04%. Inventory reached 8,919, while over 90s fell to 2,481 (27.81%).
Last year I read an article about outsourcing to India. The idea rattled around for quite a while, but I eventually found myself persuing Craiglist ads in Mumbai and Bangalore. It was an enlightening expereince. I made contact with three providers, one of which was a woman in South Carolina – she discovered that advertising on the Mumbai Craigslist paid off more than the SC C/L.
In any event, we’ve succesfully outsourced one of our minor, repetitive office tasks to an Indian firm. Everything was done over the internet. The contact person, the quality of work and communication was outstanding. The job cost $20.00.
What I like is that my team can do more for less. We never run out of work around here, and the paperwork load simply increases year after year. If we can outsource to competent people my office staff can concentrate on jobs that exploit their talents and increase our production. That means we can provide better service to our clients.
I also like that reducing costs means I relieve pressure on my payroll. When a business isn’t profitable every line item is a target, and that includes employees. If I can do with an email and a spreadsheet what used to require a few of hours a month for my administrator, she can use the saved time to generate more business. Her job becomes more secure, not less, because of outsourcing.
I’m not exactly an early adaptor, however. Outrsourcing to India has been happening for a while, and I’ve read that Indian business is already outsourcing. That concerns me. How long will I be able to depend on my new business alliance? I’ve used the same appliance repair people for 20 years. As the world becomes smaller, flatter and more wired, will I be able to say the same thing about my Indian business associates in 2027?