While at first, it may seem simpler to keep your printing projects in-house and to control the process yourself, there are several key benefits of outsourcing your printing to an agency. This may be that the actual cost is cheaper, you can’t meet the same quality as a dedicated printer, quicker turnaround, and keeping your time free to focus on the things that actually make you money like chasing leads and new businesses.
One of the main issues with keeping your printing in-house is the upfront cost. Depending on the scale and complexity of your printing project, there will most definitely be a cost to get the machinery in to do the job. This will include the materials, the printer itself, and any binding or finishing work that needs to be done. As well as this, if one of these malfunctions, it’s up to you to fix it. This can be a headache and potentially stressful if you have tight deadlines to meet. Choosing a company like Print That now can take this pain away.
With this in mind, we’ve summarised some key benefits of choosing an outsourced approach below.
- More time to focus on the business
When you’re heading up a business, the most important thing that contributes to your bottom line is sales. When you’re too focused on the day-to-day running of the business rather than generating new leads, the overall success of the business is taken for granted. By outsourcing tasks and jobs that take a lot of your time but aren’t high-value, you can focus on the things that are going to make the company more successful.
- Lower your costs
Companies that specialise in one service are generally more cost-efficient than a company that does multiple tasks, but doesn’t specialise in one. This means that even though a printing company will charge a margin to make a profit, they have benefits of economies of scale that makes each print run cheaper than if you were to do it yourself. Also, you won’t have to worry about the initial cost of buying all the equipment and training staff on how to use it. Finally, outsourcing means that you only have to pay for what you want – you can do a minimal run, all the way up to big-scale projects, without having to worry about adding additional capacity.
- No maintenance time
One of the main issues with print runs is the upkeep needed to keep the machines running. There are inevitably malfunctions that your IT department will then have to look into and fix, which can cause delays and cut into your cash flow. An outsourced company will most likely have both more support staff to deal with these issues and additional machines that they can move the print run on to, if there’s an issue.
- More options
Finally, an outsourced printing specialist will be able to offer you more options than if you were to print in-house. You’ll be able to choose between multiple print types, materials, and finishing options that will increase the overall quality of the product.
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