Business consultants have long advocated outsourcing non-core functions.

A non-core function is one that is not a profit center (meaning, you don’t charge customers for it). A non-core function may be essential, but doesn’t differentiate your business strategically from competitors.

In most businesses, administrative and back-office activities such as payroll are non-core functions.

As such, they are potential candidates for outsourcing.

But the question business owners and managers want answered is: what do you actually gain from outsourcing payroll? Is it worth all the time and effort just to investigate and identify appropriate outsourced service providers? Then there’s the work involved to transition the function outside to the third party service. Do the benefits of outsourcing outweigh that effort?