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Is Outsourcing Good or Bad for Companies?

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Outsourcing vs. in-house sourcing is a question all companies must answer.

Outsourcing has become a popular option for businesses. Some question whether or not it is helpful, but there are plenty of reasons to outsource different tasks rather than hire someone internally. Outsourcing can give your business a competitive advantage, but only if you do it right. Is outsourcing good or bad for companies? Let’s look at the pros and cons.

Pros of Outsourcing for Work Uniforms

Save Time to Focus on Main Business Goals

Outsourcing some work can help a business out when it needs more time to focus on core business goals, such as performing a service or manufacturing a product. Businesses have many parts that make the whole thing work, and some things can go to third-party companies that can give that task the attention it deserves.

Access Decades of Expertise in a Specific Service

A third-party company has spent years, if not decades, performing a specific service. In Lord Baltimore Uniform Rental’s case, it is delivering, laundering, and maintaining work uniforms. Lord Baltimore also supplies floor mats, wet and dry mops, and restroom sanitary products. One specialized company has time to give you the best of the best.

Save Money

Outsourcing a task is a great way to save money. Whether you run a start-up or a corporation, hiring a third-party company can help you use your funds wisely.

Cons of Outsourcing for Work Uniforms

Lose Some Control

At some level, all companies do not have full control over everything. Heads of companies trust technologies, other companies, and their employees to fulfill their missions. Outsourcing makes you rely on an entity outside of your company, but you also rely on those inside perhaps more.

Risk Dealing with Scams

Hiring a third-party company also risks your exposure to scammers, which is why organizations like the Better Business Bureau exist to help companies and customers know who they can trust. A prospective company should also be transparent and willing to show you customer testimonials.

Risk Ethics Questions

Is it ethical to pay someone else less for the same service as you would for someone working in-house? It can be perfectly ethical. For example, a work uniform rental already has commercial laundry machines, best washing practices, and staff in place for you to get a consolidated price. You don’t have to purchase laundry machines and detergents on top of hiring employees. 

On the other hand, it is unethical if you are hiring a third party that uses cheap child labor or human trafficking. Customer reviews, credentials, and conversations with the company itself can help assure you of the outsourced party’s credibility.

Trust Your Employee Uniforms to the Professionals at Lord Baltimore

For over forty years, Lord Baltimore has provided cost-effective uniform rental services throughout the East Coast, including Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

To learn more about how employee uniforms can help your business, please contact Joe Bateman at Lord Baltimore by calling 800-292-1224 or visit We also handle uniform and mat rentals and purchases for restaurants. Additionally, we also sell and rent uniforms, shop towels, fender covers, and mats for the manufacturing and automotive industries.

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