Outsourcing is something that can be confusing for small businesses. How do you know when you should outsource something and when you should handle it yourself? Making mistakes about these decisions can be costly because you might end up paying somebody to do something that you could be doing yourself for free. Alternatively, you could be trying to do things that you just aren’t equipped to do, when you should be getting a professional to help you. One of the biggest mistakes that ecommerce companies make is outsourcing their fulfillment. Smaller companies can usually handle it on their own and outsourcing is a waste of money. If you don’t believe me, here are some reasons why.
What Is Fulfillment?
Fulfillment is simply the process that you use to ship out your goods. Larger companies that are shipping out thousands of products every day will need a much larger operation that uses heavy transport services otherwise they won’t be able to meet delivery times. When you’re running a much smaller ecommerce business, you probably don’t need this. At some point in the future, if your business does well and you expand, you might need to scale up the size of your fulfillment operation, but for the time being, you can make do with something a bit simpler. There are plenty of companies out there that will handle it for you, but it isn’t necessary for these reasons.