Anyone can afford a virtual secretary thanks to business process outsourcing (BPO) to India. There is an almost endless number of professional BPO providers in the Asian country, all of who offer their services at low rates.
India benefits from a number of factors which other developing countries can’t. First and foremost, Indians have great English skills, at least the ones with a university education. These are a huge help for international cooperation, just like a greater cultural proximity and familiarity with Western practices and working methods. As a former colony and established democracy, India found it easier to enter the global collaborative economy faster and earlier.
While China revolutionised the area of industrial production and became the workbench of the world in the last twenty years, India has specialised in IT services for quite some time. Currently, India’s share of the international outsourcing market is 55% – the country is the undisputed market leader.
Virtual secretary: your personal assistant on call
A virtual secretary can be found very easily thanks to the number of Indian BPO providers. There is a variety of agencies and individual specialists with many years of experience in this field. When looking for suitable workers it is extremely important to find your way around the jungle of employers and to separate the wheat from the chaff.
The specific requirements for a virtual secretary differ from case to case. It is not necessarily easy to find the right profile with the best mix of skills. There are many fields that a virtual secretary can be used in, and every employer has different areas of focus.
In addition to textual work such as proofreading, transcription and simple translations, you can also use a virtual secretary for answering emails and the phone. A virtual secretary can also be useful for internet research, especially if it concerns looking for a lot of information from multiple websites at the same time. These tasks could include anything from competition analysis, simple data extraction which is then entered into Excel spreadsheets, or any collaboration software.
Some clients outsource specific social media activities to a virtual secretary if they do not have enough time to maintain their profile themselves and they are unable to hire a separate social media manager. The virtual secretary is then responsible for the supervision and managing of various profiles. They can pass on important feedback from your contacts and the virtual secretary will make sure that there are regularly new posts.
These are just a few examples of traditional areas where you can use a virtual secretary. However, creativity knows no limits. You will only need to find a qualified person who will work for you at the rates you specify. Thanks to the low Indian salaries, this is not especially complicated.
You then will no longer need to do these tasks yourself, and have more free time for tasks that are more complex and interesting.
How to find a virtual secretary in India
If you are interested in a virtual personal assistant from India, then we at outsourcing4work can help you find one who is qualified and affordable at the same time. Just share the specific details with us – we will take care of the rest.
In addition to the research and procurement of Indian professionals, we also ensure that all tasks are properly performed with the help of our project managers. You will not need to worry about the contracts with the Indian partners, or payment details. We take over these and full responsibility as a European company, and as your direct contract partner.
Editing photos can be a time consuming and cumbersome task. This is especially true if you have hundreds or even thousands of individual images to sort through, and need to have a large volume of images manually edited.
This is often a chore for professional photographers, one which takes away time from actual shooting. According to the International Society of Professional and Wedding Photographers, photo editing takes up twice as much time as the photography itself. It’s the same for their colleagues in event photography – especially when shooting fairs or galas.
Outsourcing: when professionals edit photos affordably
Editing and optimising photos is usually a task for professional graphic designers and image editors. Luckily you can find them all over the world, and, since linguistic knowledge plays almost no role in photo editing, you can easily use offshore outsourcing and delegate this task to professionals abroad.
Photographers who have their photos edited by image professionals in India can use this new free time for additional work. Since a professional photographer’s hourly wage is much higher than that of an Indian retouching professional, they can even increase their own productivity and personal profit. Usually this task will then be done even faster, since an outsourcing agency specialising in photo editing can distribute the retouching among several employees – even overnight orders of a large scale are possible.
In addition to a qualitative improvement in the image thanks to contrast correction, as well as to the brightness, saturation, gamma and colour, specialised photo editing providers in India will also take on tasks that go above and beyond photo editing. In addition to noise reduction, sharpness, cropping and straightening, they can also perform tasks such as trimming, removing the background and black dots, increasing the background relative to the people and object or targeted colour manipulation according to specific criteria.
However, not only professional photographers can benefit Indian outsourcing providers specialised in photo editing. For companies in the media industry or any other institution that needs to regularly work through large amounts of photos, outsourcing to external professionals is often useful.
A real estate agent will often get photos from clients which are of a low quality, or they will hire their own employee to regularly work on the many property images. Event and advertising agencies also work with a lot of images, be it for clients, their own home page or image databases.
For results that are as professional as possible, only real image specialists should edit photos, although this is not always the case. Your own employees might be able to do a simple retouching of a few images. If you are under time pressure or have a large amount of photos it can be well worth it to use an Indian agency.
Photo editing services: how to find a provider
outsourcing4work can provide you with an Indian outsourcing agency for professional photo editing. We can easily find a perfectly suited provider based on the subject and your specific requirements. We have contact to many professional image agencies who are specialised in photo editing for a wide range of topics. We always pay attention to references and demo image material to give you the highest quality at the lowest rates.
Digital photo editing is a standard job nowadays – so much so that you can find a graphic designer and a photo professional in nearly every company. In addition to dexterity and technical expertise, digital photo editing also requires a trained eye for proportions and aesthetics. For this reason, a professional is essential for professional results.
Therefore, it is not a good idea to give the digital photo editing to an employee who has no experience in it. Even if they can achieve good results, it will often take much longer than a trained image professional.
Digital photo editing doesn’t have to be expensive
Good graphic designers and photo professionals can be found all over the world, which is particularly great for outsourcing. You can hire an Indian agency, especially for high volume orders or for tight deadlines, and save a lot of money. The high wage differences between India and Europe make this possible, even for small budgets.
There are numerous scenarios in which it is worth it to hire an Indian provider. Jobs such as retouching, colour enhancement or restoration of old photos, as well as extensive manipulation with Adobe Photoshop can be easily handed over.
A typical case are event photos – there are often thousands of pictures in different settings which need to be partially edited and cropped, a time-consuming task. An affordable Indian agency is perfectly suited for this type of quality optimisation.
Other business areas can also benefit from outsourcing digital photo editing. As a real estate agent you constantly receive images from clients which are bad quality.
Web agencies work with a lot of images and also use professional photo databases. PR professionals are also happy to outsource digital photo editing for complex projects, so that they can concentrate on what is really important in their own creative work.
Publishers work similarly and have to deal with many images. Catalogues and photo volumes can also be given to an Indian provider for digital photo editing – especially if the images provided by the client are not of optimal quality and need to be edited.
India: outsource digital photo editing
Outsourcing4work can help you in all of these cases and others, and will introduce you to a suitable Indian provider who will deliver you the highest quality at low rates. We will easily find the right image professional or image agency for your needs in our large partner network.
A web search is a routine task in the modern business world. It is used for competition analysis, marketing purposes, to search for global suppliers or even just to put together facts for reports and publications. For more extensive topics you will need to spend a lot of time on a web search, time that you could be using for more productive activities.
In addition, an extensive web search is not everyone’s cup of tea. In addition to technical knowledge, the person conducting the search will need to skilfully transform unhelpful search results into good results, which requires a great deal of experience and linguistic creativity.
Web research as outsourcing services
In the context of business process outsourcing (BPO), you can fortunately outsource web searches just as easily as simple typing jobs. In addition to a professional search for required material, the web search professionals working for the outsourcing provider will also take care of processing the information and data. This could be extensive Excel spreadsheets, creating organised file collections, structured Word documents or even just simple prioritised lists of links.
If the web search involves standardised data series, you could also outsource the manual data entry associated with it. Most providers specialised in web searches offer corresponding packages as a comprehensive BPO service provider.
Outsourcing web searches: how it works
If you would like to outsource web search activities, you can either use virtual assistants as BPO professionals, or use a provider specialised in web searches. The primary advantage of an assistant is that you can also give them many other jobs that are often connected with a web search.
Providers specialising in web searches are usually the better choice for difficult and complex searches, since they are not only experienced in collecting material online, but are also better at finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. There are also specialised providers for important subjects such as science, high-tech fields, financial markets or health.
No matter which approach you take in the end, in every case the accuracy of your information on what you are looking for will play a large role in the quality of the results later. Take the time to define your search well!
outsourcing4work can provide you with an experienced Indian BPO provider for web searches. We have been active on the Indian outsourcing market for years and know many excellent professionals and BPO agencies.
Because you conclude the BPO contract directly with us, you will not need to worry about proper implementation. We guarantee excellent results in your, and our own, interest.
Most companies use Excel for data entry – Microsoft’s office application has long been the standard for data processing. Entering data from any kind of document is very simple, but also boring and monotonous at the same time.
Once the structure of the Excel sheet has been set, you have the opportunity to hand over the Excel data entry to a specialised provider.
Excel data entry – more than just typing
If you use a specialised business process outsourcing (BPO) provider for Excel data entry, this has many advantages in addition to just saving costs and resources. Unlike Word, you can’t just enter the data into Excel as text – the individual cells will need to be selected. Professionals who specialise in Excel data entry are generally faster and more accurate than normal office workers.
Thanks to many years of experience in Excel data entry, and hundreds or thousands of Excel data sheets they have created, these professionals are especially quick when using the mouse, keyboard and shortcuts. In addition, they use special import filters and formatting macros for data which already exists digitally to reduce manual typing to a minimum.
A further important point is the high number of errors in monotonous work such as Excel data entry for large amounts of data. BPO data entry specialists use the four-eye principle if needed, which means the data results will be exactly as you want later.
Data entry excel – Indian BPO outsourcing is especially affordable
Indian BPO agencies can offer significantly lower rates than their competitors in Europe entry thanks to the lower cost of wages and the fact you do not need highly qualified employees for Excel data entry.
outsourcing4work can provide you with a specialised provider for your Excel data entry project. We will also ensure that you will receive your data on time in the required format through our project managers. You will not need to worry about any legal uncertainty or inaccuracies, as you conclude the contract directly with us as a European company.
SPSS data entry is tedious work when data sources cannot be automatically imported, and there’s no way around it when you have surveys and polls with questionnaires. The same applies for old data which not possible to export and convert to an SPSS compatible format.
A problem with manual SPSS data entry is that the monotonous work and the high level of concentration required can lead to errors, which then create false or distorted results later in the statistical analysis.
SPSS data entry by a professional provider
In the area of business process outsourcing (BPO) you can hand over SPSS data entry to a provider who specialises in it. This expertly trained data entry clerk is usually much faster and more accurate than your normal employees or interns.
These providers are often specialised in data entry with various programs and are especially fast with the combined use of the mouse, keyboard and keyboard shortcuts. They also make sure that your SPSS data is exactly as you want later by using the four-eyes principle.
Choosing among the value labels, variable labels and measurement levels in SPSS is usually done by the clients, but this task can also be given over to the trained SPSS professionals.
Affordable SPSS data entry in India
Thanks to the low salary level in India and the large amount of time needed for SPSS data entry, this work was made to be handed over to an Indian BPO agency. These providers do not only significantly undercut their competitors in Europe when it comes to rates – often, more than one data entry clerk will work on one contract, which makes them much faster.
outsourcing4work can provide you with a specialised provider for your SPSS data entry project. Contracts are concluded with us directly as a European company, which ensures easier handling and legal clarity. In addition, we take over the coordination with our own project managers and ensure that your data records are delivered on time and in the right format.
Don’t misuse your employees! Data collection is an area that is most likely not suited to the ability or salary costs of your expertise.
Many companies therefore prefer to employ business process outsourcing (BPO) external employees as an alternative. Data collection is a traditional field of work in which many specialised providers offer their services.
Specialised external employees: data entry by professionals
BPO specialised providers employ specially trained data entry clerks to professionally handle data. Data collection is often more than just entering a simple series of numbers in Excel spreadsheets.
Paper-based documents that are filled in by hand will require much more manual effort from a data entry clerk. Data collection often requires that this type of material is entered by hand. The documents are first usually scanned or photographed, and then evaluated on the computer. The text is then recognised with OCR software and later corrected following the four-eyes principle: text that is not recognised must be typed in by hand.
Handling digital material which can be read with software tools is a bit easier for a data entry clerk. The data is then usually presented as raw data in a table, and then needs to be put into the correct format.
This type of data extraction will require a data entry clerk who is somewhat better trained. Data entry will require manual processing of the data material, conversion of the data into specific formats and cleansing the database through an automatic filter, which will need to be set up or programmed.
Indian outsourcing employees – affordable data entry
outsourcing4work can provide you with professional providers from India for every type of professional data collection. We guarantee a high standard of quality and take many security measures to ensure that your sensitive data does not end up in the wrong hands.
The contracts are concluded directly with us for your security. Our own project managers will ensure that your data is ready on time and in the correct format.
Photo editing is usually a task for professional graphic designers and image editors. Despite this, photo editing is often a large part of a professional photographer’s job, more than their actual area of expertise – photography. What the statistics given by the international society of professional and wedding photographer show is no different to their colleagues in fashion, PR and agency photography. Photo editing takes up twice as much time as photography!
Source: The Secret Life Of Wedding Photographers, ISPWP 2009
When is photo editing outsourcing worth it
Professional photographers can do away with a large part of photo editing with outsourcing, and maximise their profits at the same time. The increase in free time means that they can take on additional work.
If you assume that you took more than 700 images as a photographer at a trade fair, you will need to give at least 150 photos to the client. You will spent a lot of time on the perspective, arrangement and selection of the raw material, but then the work really gets started.
The 150 photos must be each individually retouched, which can easily take from twenty to thirty minutes per image. If you apply that to the 150 photos, that would take you around 62.5 hours for this job alone. If you are extremely skilled and quick, you might finish it in about forty hours. But you will still need to take breaks for this work – which requires high levels of concentration.
If you hand over a part of this photo editing to an outsourcing agency in India, you will benefit in two ways. On the one hand, your own hourly wage as a professional photographer is much higher than that of an India photo editing professional. If you use the additional free time for extra jobs, you can pocket the difference. And because an outsourcing agency specialised in photo editing can spread the work amongst many employees, you will get results even faster than if you had spent all your time on it yourself.
Advanced photo editing
In addition to a qualitative improvement in the image thanks to contrast correction, as well as correcting the brightness, saturation, gamma and colour, specialised providers in India will also take on tasks that go above and beyond photo editing.
In addition to noise reduction, sharpness, cropping and straightening, it can also be trimming, removing the background and black dots, increasing the background relative to the people and object or targeted colour manipulation according to specific criteria.
The most important is that it is done exactly according to your specifications. This can be done in larger sets of photos with example/test images with feedback.
References and demo images
Before you contract an outsourcing provider with your photo editing, you can also browse through their references and sample material. This will not only give you information on their technical skills, but will also help you see if the image agency meets your visual requirements.
outsourcing4work is happy to arrange a suitable provider for you. We have contact to many professional image agencies who are specialised in photo editing for a wide range of topics. In addition, we provide you with legal certainty – you can conclude the contract directly with us as a European company. We will then ensure proper implementation.
Manual data entry or data collection is a classic area in business process outsourcing (BPO). It is necessary for documents that can’t be read automatically. These can be business directories, address lists, business cards, delivery notes, customer cards, questionnaires, lottery tickets, text files or information from websites.
Because manual data entry is usually only a temporary activity, yet is also very extensive and time-consuming, it can be hard for the existing staff to complete it within the given time frame. If this is done within the company, overtime hours for the employees involved or a change in duty priorities is often unavoidable.
Manual data entry can often lead to misallocation
Because the employee is usually trained and specialised in a different field, the process is usually unnecessarily long. If you keep highly qualified employees occupied with monotonous work it will lead to employee dissatisfaction and a high number of errors.
Professionals who specialise in manual data entry complete this work much faster and much more reliably. Depending on the type of document, they use an optimised approach.
Manual data entry by a professional provider
The labour-intense method is to type in the data from the paper originals such as receipts, handwritten notes, customer card requests, delivery notes or invoices, which is then made into digital images which are easier to handle. Employees specialised in manual data entry will receive digital photos of the originals, and enter the information manually into the computer.
To ensure that no mistakes are made, all data is controlled by a further employee in accordance with the four-eyes principle. Employees which are trained in manual data entry set a pace that your own employees could never match. With up to 14,000 strokes per hour, even the largest data sets are quickly completed.
Indian providers are cheaper
outsourcing4work can provide you with professional providers from India for manual data entry, providers who will quickly and accurately put your data into the format you want.
We take many security measures to ensure that your sensitive data does not end up in the wrong hands. You can conclude the contract directly with us, which gives you legal certainty. With our project managers we ensure that you receive your data on time and in the right format.
The use of web research services is a trend growing in significance in modern business life. It is generally used to identify, and partially predict, internet purchasing behaviours and trends with the help of targeted search. A properly done web search will reveal which target groups react to which products, how markets change and where a company’s chances lie to expand into new markets. You can then design and develop a precise sales strategy using this method. How exactly does this work? By contracting professionals in the field of web research services who will find the right information and put it all together.
Web research services reveal information on prices and competitors
Web research services are usually very time-consuming – but well worth the effort. Targeted searches online can reveal important information on topics which are significant to the strategies of the business:
Information on the market situation and competitors’ business models: Perhaps you are still developing your business model and would like to get a feel for the market and create your own special market niche? Professional web searches can give you an insight into the competition, the terms of delivery and the portfolio of your potential competitors.
Information on prices and products: Do you want to take further advantage of the existing market potential, introduce new products or even invest in new markets? In any case, a careful market analysis which notes prices and possible products should be your first step: web research services make markets more transparent, and will give you more insight into your own market situation.
Product descriptions, reports and analyses, topics and technical data: Web research services quickly gather all information on the market environment in a professional manner.
Contact details of potential clients, investors and partners: Do you know who you are dealing with in strategic partnerships? Don’t leave anything to chance: this kind of information is worth its weight in gold. You can find everything online – you just need to provide the search criteria. You can then leave the actual search to the professionals, who will flexibly and quickly gather all the necessary information for you.
The experience of the researcher plays a decisive role in the quality of the results of the web research services. Therefore, it makes sense in an economic context to not have an employee do it in addition their own work, but to entrust it to professionals who can approach an online search with a plan, and who will know exactly where to find the information they need. For this reason, many companies already use professional service providers in the field of business process outsourcing. Many of these service providers are based in India. The big advantage: these providers are highly experienced in internet research. As client you can use the researchers exactly for what they are best suited to, and can stay flexible: with temporary employees who work on individual projects according to demand. You only need to dictate how extensive the search needs to be, and when you expect the first results.
Web research services: companies benefit from the advantages of outsourcing
Flexibility: You flexibly use specialised service providers for each project, and you specify the range of the research and how many employees should be used.
Save time: You avoid long training periods for your own employees and any extra overtime or weekend rates, and get fast results from external professionals.
You save costs: Thanks to the difference in salary levels between India and Europe, you can hire qualified back office services at especially low rates. Many companies who have decided to use outsourcing have especially enjoyed this globalisation benefit.
Unlimited capacity: In complex projects you have entire teams available to you – similar to a branch (light). Web research services can even be carried out in a three-shift operation if needed, and seven days a week.
Efficiency and knowledge: Employees from Indian outsourcing providers in the field of web research services are highly skilled and experienced with internet searches. They all have a degree – some even in computer science!
You won’t take on any risk: The contract partner is not the Indian service provider, but a company based in Europe – such as us at outsourcing4work. Our European project managers will coordinate the cooperation with the Indian partner company. For companies who are interested in web research services, outsourcing4work is the perfect solution to buy services without risk.