According to this study made by Information Services Group, during the last quarter of 2016, traditional outsourcing fell by 25 percent, in comparison to the previous quarter of 2015. Important questions are raised by this dip for small companies as this is the largest industry dip since 2009. The companies now need to decide whether it is worth the investment to keep their services in-house, or if they need to outsource some of their services.

A Deloitte analysis on global outsourcing situation highlights that outsourcing doesn’t dampen productivity and also sparks innovation, which can further enhance productivity. 59 percent of analysis respondents had an opinion that outsourcing decreases costs, 47 percent believed it’s helpful in finding unique ways to tackle capacity issues, and 29 percent says it enhances a company’s chances to scale globally. All these numbers point towards a single direction that outsourcing is a trend that start-ups should buy to increase efficiency.

A start-up’s primary objective should always be to keep production moving. While the decision to outsource when and what can raise some proverbial eyebrows, the start-ups should first decide the must-haves. A rule of thumb is for a startup company to have an unambiguous understanding of what the company’s operation is so that assets can be conserved for that work.

Unexpected solutions can be initiated by existing service providers as a company can offer resources in areas beyond its specialty on a frequent basis. These service providers work across all industries as operational foundations of businesses are very analogous.