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Pros and Cons of the Outsourcing Services for Students and Small Businesses

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You must have heard sentences like “I’m in charrette! Leave me alone!”, or expressions like “charrette night” if you are an architecture student. The origin goes back to the intense period leading to project delivery at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in the 19th century where a cart (which is called charrette in French) would be rolled through architecture students’ ateliers to collect the final scale models.

Students would frantically work on their models and wouldn’t give up until the last minute, so it would be called working in charrette.

Why is that? Why do students that major in arts and design, especially architecture, always feel they lack behind the nerve-racking mountain of work for any project? It’s like it could never stop getting better what they are working on.

Full disclosure! That doesn’t stop after the graduation either! Architecture firms too, always have a hard time undergoing the latest stages of any project’s charrette.

One of the solutions that’s been around for some time now and has not made the big break it was expected to, is CAD outsourcing services. It means handing over a part of your project to a third-party company that specializes in the area.

Unlike many sources you might bump into when you google outsourcing services, we don’t just wanna go on a spiel on how goof outsourcing services are. Here, we want to hear both sides of the story.

We will have a go at the advantages of outsourcing services first. Then we discuss the downsides that have been holding the trend back from being the once-thought blockbuster it was going to be.

Finally, we’ll say if the big hoopla around outsourcing is still yet to come or if it is doomed to failure.

Here are the pros and cons of outsourcing services for students and small businesses:

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing services for small businesses and students, upsides and perils

The advantages of outsourcing services

- Be agile and change course way quicker and with minimum risk

When you plan to use outsourcing services for a reasonable price, you are practically detaching yourself from anything you’ve handed to your partner in your business or student project.

So, if it comes to it, you can just as easily replace the box with a new one when you’re changing or growing your project and plug yourself to a new group of business outsourcing services or CAD outsourcing services if you are a student in dire need of a helpful hand.

- Save time for the core design skills

Everybody’s good and special at something.

So, asking for help on something you’re not quite best at and you want to be perfectly done, is nothing to be ashamed of. If you think about it, it is actually a way for you to focus on what you do best.

This way, you’re sure all the parts your tending to for a final project are properly divided between you and a group of professionals who’ve been down the road countless times, then you won’t need to get yourself involved with how they’ve come to learn their job.

This is a kind of thought that might give a second opinion when you’re paused at whether to hire CAD or business outsourcing services.

- It is like a having a classmate helping you out and giving you insights

Outsourcing services are a way to pick new perspectives on your problems but secure the last decision as your prerogative and yours only.

An expert team that does their job well, can give you great insights along the way.

By using CAD outsourcing services, you’re actually enjoying the benefits of having a professional associate without having to deal with the headaches of an actual contending partner or a petulant nagging teammate.

- Buy expertise, and buy it cheap

Hiring and supporting full-time technicians in house is expensive. Especially in today’s high-demand competitive professional market. So, outsourcing services can go a long way.

Since all the outsourcing services bring an experienced, talented team together, employing the specialized support of such firms would make much more sense than having a handful of high-priced full-time technicians in house.

The specialized world we live in is breeds such situation all the time that have eventually made outsourcing services justifiable. Industries and businesses thrive by leaving each part of the job to an expert section of the workforce.

Check out how you can remarkably cut your student and small business costs through our outsourcing services here.

- Make room for marketing

On the same note as boosting productivity when you use outsourcing services on particular components of a project, the freed time can be allocated to marketing campaigns for the company and brandishing its outstanding work; or, in case you are a student, you will free up time for all the other heavy load of work at the end of a laborious semester.

The time can be put into properly promoting a small business in the emerging market.

See how you can take back a big chunk of your firm’s time and energy back into marketing your genius right, when you efficiently outsource the right part to us.

- Setbacks are not as time and resource-consuming anymore

Since you don’t have any concern over the quality and performance of the results you get from a trusted business or CAD outsourcing services partner, a firm itself that comprises professional team members, frees up some time on your packed schedule behind a deadline and so setbacks and major modifications won’t take as long or at least you’ll have time to handle them deliberately.

Plus, you’re on the brink of a road that your professional outsourcing partner has been down to, a bunch of times.

So, they know their way around the part they are assigned to and the chance to come to revisions in the first place will be much lower. Another worry you can to check off your long list of to-dos.

- Have constant care and support

It’s customary for all well-established outsourcing services to offer 24/7 support. So, one of the other benefits of outsourcing would be the time-independent communication with your partner.

Something you probably can’t have with a full-time technician that leaves after the end of the business day or you can’t cover when you have a project due in a couple days and being heavily sleep deprived.

- It’s what makes sense

Down the road, it always comes down to the fact that money usually calls the shots. Outsourcing overseas can be all the rage since it helps the global economy and makes demanding, labor and cost-intensive projects feasible and all the more financially reasonable.

Plus, fees for the same service can vary greatly in different countries for reasons we won’t get to here; but the upshot is that the finished price for the same service can vary greatly by outsourcing; making it a huge benefit of outsourcing services.

Take a look at our wide team of architects and designers in Asia and Europe and see their impressive cost-saving record in every project with almost any scale.

Downsides of outsourcing services

- It might jeopardize your long-term interests in your career as a student

Cynically or maybe realistically put, dependence might mean liability and would be at odds with self-interest for your academic or business career.

On a broader scale, business outsourcing services might mean dependence to foreign labor which would raise patriotic or security concerns. One of the reasons for resistance, especially to outsourcing overseas is just that.

- Lack of deep knowledge on your specific project

By using CAD outsourcing services for each part of your project, you’re further disentangling yourself from the job which might seem like a relief at first.

But you are also distancing yourself from deep first-hand knowledge of your project which might pose threats and cost you your leverage when you face your customers and need to make adjustments based on their need.

- Ineffective communication

Patriotic or national security concerns might seem like a bit of a stretch, but one of the most raised issues with business outsourcing services that’s been withholding its full big break is unproductive communication among the employer and the CAD outsourcing services company.

Of course, not all outsourcing services are perfect and live up to world-class standards; which might be why a lot of sources voice ineffective and frustrating communication with a business outsourcing services provider.

- Foreigners’ lack of your native knowledge

Let’s imagine you’re carrying out a real or student project in Ontario, Canada, and you are thinking about giving outsourcing services overseas a try. A place where they don’t particularly have too many trees and so not a lot of lumber around for sure.

Your business outsourcing services partner probably won’t have too much experience designing with timber and that would mean longer delivery, faulty final results on the first try, and missing deadlines for the revisions that follow.

The inadvertent lack of knowledge by business outsourcing services that are unfamiliar with domestic construction is cited as yet another reason for companies to avoid outsourcing services.

- Only medium steps of a project can be outsourced

Outsourcing services will be for nothing if the outcome of a trusted partner has to be over-checked and repeatedly handed back and forth for revisions.

So, parts of a project that are too subjectively reliant on your special touch and style, cannot be trusted with a third-party company.

Usually the final presented results to your client fall into this category and therefore only routine stages of a project can use CAD outsourcing services.


Outsourcing services are not the solution for every overwhelming job your small firm or student project is dealing with. But given the specific circumstance and shortage of resources, it might be your best chance to get a hang of your project.

Specifically, business outsourcing services cut costs through less staff and office space, cheaper software and hardware run and support, when you do services rather than manufacturing. CAD outsourcing service offer a more productive revision-proof handling and counseling in your project.

Although, inefficient communication and lack of knowledge through having different standards might be the caveat to business outsourcing services; all of which can be properly taken care of by choosing the right partner.

Plus, you tell us what encourages or gives you pause about outsourcing services for your startup or student project? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Mitchel Sardy
Author: Mitchel Sardy
I am a Computer Engineer and an architecture enthusiast, graduated on both majors up to the master's degree from the University of Washington; I'm an advisor to early-stage architecture startups all around the globe; the ones using computer-based solutions to design in architecture.

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