Yes, outsourcing may be very beneficial to your large or small business venture. However, if done improperly, you may end up risking not only your company’s structure but, ultimately, its bottom line. This is because outsourcing involves some changes in the process, and as with everything, the change would always involve some risk. As such, here are some precautions that you may want to take before ultimately deciding on going the outsourcing route. Screening Outsourcing Candidates and Partners: This is probably the most important precaution to take. It would be best if you first screened your outsource partners to determine whether they would really be up to the quality you want your job to have. Unfortunately, not every outsourcing company is great. Some lemons in the mix are just in the industry because of the chance to earn money. Remember that no matter how great your company is, a bad outsourcing partner, especially for critical areas of operation, would definitely bring it down. This means that you should properly screen and test your outsourcing partners before engaging their services. Integration with Current Processes: You should also check how well your other departments would cope with having some processes outsourced. For various reasons, some departments in your office may find some difficulty in integrating your outsource partner's services with their current system. You should explain to them how they would be able to integrate these outsourced activities into their day to day process. You should also listen to them and see why they have such a negative reaction to the outsourcing options that your company would be undertaking. By following these two precautions, you would better grasp how outsourcing would be beneficial or detrimental to your company’s operations.