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Outsourcing Your Floorplans

Could you benefit from outsourcing your asbestos survey floorplan drawings?

Outsourcing your floorplans can offer lots of benefits to your company. For many companies, outsourcing tasks such as floorplans can lead to a less stressful business. Or a more scalable one.

This guide will help you decide whether you could benefit from outsourcing your asbestos survey floorplan drawings.

In his book, The 4-hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss (also known as the outsourcing king) advises outsourcing as much as possible. He encourages businesses to outsource to countries overseas, like the Philippines. 

Outsourcing creates a scalable business, which reduces the amount of time you have to spend on your business. If you want to grow your business, outsourcing frees up your time to spend on growth activities.

Why outsource your floorplans?

Right now, you’re probably doing everything in your business yourself, especially if you’re a small company. 

Your time will be divided between prospecting for new clients, carrying out asbestos surveys, and drawing floorplans.

Running a business like this doesn’t scale. If you want to grow your business, or build a less stressful business, you need to delegate some of these tasks.

Fast turnaround (24-hours or less)

Turnaround times for outsourced floorplans is usually swift. 

Most floorplan drawing companies offer 24-hour turnaround. If you mark plans as urgent, you’ll get finished floorplans back in two to four hours, depending on their workload.

If you work with the same supplier regularly, they’ll build up an asset library for the type of work you do. So plans will often increase in speed and quality.

Lost opportunity cost

Outsourcing frees up your time to work on other things. 

Imagine you had an extra hour every day.

Imagine that you used this extra hour to market your business or find new clients. What could you achieve? Wouldn’t you be in a better position than you are now?

It's cost-effective

Your hourly rate as a surveyor is likely more than a floor planners hourly rate. Especially if you’re outsourcing the plans abroad, the cost of living means that wages aren’t as high in countries like Kenya or the Philippines. And the exchange rate will likely work in your favour too. 

It might seem strange or unethical to think about the disparity in hourly rates between the UK and overseas. But it’s mostly down to differences in currency and exchange rate, so it’s merely a matter of perspective.

High-quality drawings

Outsourced floorplans may vary in quality, depending on the supplier. 

But assuming you find the right supplier, the quality of drawings can be very high. The floorplan drawers so the same type of work every day. So they’ll be skilled, fast, and very familiar with CAD drawing software.

What can you expect?

Outsourced floorplan companies employ teams of specialist floorplan drawers. 

A professional floorplan drawer will convert your floorplan sketches into computer-generated floorplan drawings. The whole process usually takes less than 24-hours.

You’ll receive the finished JPG and PDF files. You’ll receive the CAD source file, too. Handy if you need to make any changes.

How do floorplan drawers stay close to your quality and style?

I chatted with Maureen Atieno, who runs Protec East Africa, a floorplan outsourcing company based in East Africa.

Maureen explained how floorplan drawers retain their clients’ quality and style, by running through a series of "test runs".

Is your company big enough?

Many people associate outsourcing with larger companies. And while many large companies do outsource, it can also be useful for small companies to outsource.

With outsourcing, it’s not so much the size of your company that’s important. It’s the volume of plans you need. 

Maureen says that her clients can get value, regardless of their size.

If you have a consistent demand, outsourcing may be an extra string in your bow. If you only do one or two surveys a month and lots of spare time, you’re probably better off doing floorplans yourself.

What does outsourcing plans cost?

Outsourcing floorplans from the UK to an overseas supplier in East Africa costs around £2 for a simple plan and £4 for complicated floorplans. The cost is low by UK standards; but the quality can be excellent.

Watch out, though; there will also be fees for the international bank transfer. The transfer fees are about £15-£30, depending on your bank. Companies will usually bill you monthly, so even with a handful of plans, it is cost-effective compared to the UK.

The Philippines and India offer similarly priced services.

Want to know more?

Our mission is to help asbestos surveyors like you create high-quality asbestos survey reports in minutes.

Our asbestos surveying app, Flow Mobile Surveying, makes report writing quicker than ever. But we know that floorplan drawing can be a bottleneck in your business. So outsourcing plans can improve profits and turnaround times.

Since we aim to help our clients in all aspects of their business, we maintain strong relationships with suppliers like Protec East Africa - and we’re always happy to make introductions. Get in touch.