Whether you are looking to outsource the work of a 1 man team … or a 1,000 person work-force … picking your outsourcing budget can be tricky.
There are many factors involved, but at the end of the day, the one that is most important is your company's bottom line. Outsourcing must only be done as a result of careful cost-benefit analysis. Only upon achieving near certainty that a long-term profit will be achieved should you even consider starting outsourcing campaigns.
I've already written about the disaster of focusing on short-term outsourcing benefits.
The problem is, when it comes to Business Process Outsourcing, you'll have to be clairvoyant to accurately predict long-term profit before getting started.
There are lots of moving pieces when it comes to BPO (or even just hiring a Virtual Assistant or two). You have human beings, foreign nations, technical infrastructure, timezone disparities, cultural and language barriers, and who knows what else all contributing to the success or failure of your outsourcing efforts.
That's why the single most important factor in your long-term outsourcing success (or failure) is systematization.