Outsourcing has become a necessary tool for startups to succeed in this grueling battle. From the early stage of the development, founders seek help from offshore countries to save on operational costs. Considering this option could certainly push the startup to the right direction especially during the seeding stage. When your startup stresses at its peak, outsourcing from an external agency helps your internal team improve their work efficiency. The time spent on non-essential tasks can be focused on more income-generating activities that will help your business grow and maintain its momentum.

There are a lot of outsourcing companies that bring the entire gamut of business under one roof. They cater to small and big clients belonging to different industries around the world. From customer service, finance, to software development, you can enlist thousands of qualified and highly skilled professionals that will contribute to your success. The Philippines is the best place to consider outsourcing to, with over 2 decades of outsourcing experience and culturally aligned to the west, Filipinos are very hardworking and friendly individuals that’s a perfect fit for any startup company.

Outsourcing advantages for startup businesses

There are arguments for and against outsourcing, however many research studies in the past years have shown that outsourcing offers benefits that vastly overshadow its negatives. The non-core processes being lifted from your team make managing a startup bearable to most CEOs, and allow the core company to focus on their core strengths and deliverables. Outsourcing to an external supplier can make decision-making faster. Since service providers already have everything in place—from equipment, staff, to the business processes to which your team needs to get acquainted to—you’ve got a head start which moves you closer to your goal.

Types of startups that should outsource

Startups are born to scale fast, and be big. Founders of these startups usually have their eyes locked on a multi-million, or -billion dollar target. While the two differ in structure and goals, they too share a similar business strategy in achieving success: outsourcing. By leveraging outside resources, your internal team can focus on improving your products and services, and the core drivers of your company. It will allow your business to expand to its fullest potential without spending too much money on non-core expenses.

The best jobs in startups to outsource

You may be a web development marvel or a marketing whiz who knows everything about converting leads to sale, but what about the other tasks? If you’re serious about your startup, you should know that filling in those knowledge gaps is as vital as planning your next product launch. By outsourcing, you get a team of experts who can perform those tasks for you – at a fraction fo the cost. Let an external company handle your finance, logistics, or HR services and see the difference it could make to your books and team efficiency!

Startup outsourced roles salary comparison

We have prepared a salary comparison table that shows the average salary per annum of the top outsourced startup jobs and roles. It indicates the price comparison between four different countries, namely the Philippines, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. You can clearly see how cost-effective outsourcing in the Philippines is as compared to hiring employees from the three other locations. All amounts are in U.S. dollars (USD$) per hour and the estimate is based on a 40-hour work week in a 52-week year.

Outsourcing suppliers specializing in startups

We highlight some outsourcing companies in the Philippines that specialize in providing services for startup businesses. These companies have a proven track record of providing clients with services ranging from virtual assistance, customer service, bookkeeping and even lead generation. They already have the systems and processes in place to be able to adapt to your business needs. You can check each of their company page within our BPO directory to find out more about their services and company information.

Success stories in startup outsourcing

The quality of product or service a company provides is best authenticated by the commendations of its happy and satisfied customers. You know that a business is doing great because of the validation it receives from its loyal clients. The same is true when it comes to outsourcing for startups. We have listed some success stories from startup companies that has outsourced and experienced first-hand how outsourcing drastically improved the way they do business, some of them even sent a video recording as a testimonial!

Outsourcing salary comparison chart

All amounts are in U.S. dollars (USD$) per annum

Customer Service$3,337$29,717$22,137$35,275
Copy Writer$4,767$56,600$52,088$62,653
Graphic Artist$3,883$46,658$38,668$37,596
HR Manager$9,506$78,007$46,669$66,518
IT Representatives$5,722$61,758$24,741$59,938
Project Manager$21,458$108,000$57,296$86,029
Software Developer$7,221$81,994$39,913$62,653
Software Engineer$8,333$109,087$44,459$62,653
Technical Support$4,638$36,924$35,225$38,232
Team Leaders$7,152$75,823$31,174$45,428
Virtual Assistance$2,285$42,240$39,066$31,797

Average monthly outsourcing costs (USD)

Outsource Accelerator offers you a full range of independent outsourcing advisory and integration services.

Total cost $1,200

Entry-level role

Employee salary $400-$500pm BPO seat fee $500-850pm TOTAL COST $900-$1,350pm
Total cost $1,450

Mid-level role

Employee salary $400-$500pm BPO seat fee $500-850pm TOTAL COST $900-$1,350pm
Total cost $1,700

Technical role

Employee salary $400-$500pm BPO seat fee $500-850pm TOTAL COST $900-$1,350pm
Total cost $2,700

Executive level

Employee salary $400-$500pm BPO seat fee $500-850pm TOTAL COST $900-$1,350pm

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Proven outsourcing solutions for your business

Outsource Accelerator offers you a full range of independent outsourcing advisory and integration services. We are not a traditional outsourcing supplier, which is what makes us independent – and unique. Our core products make it easier than ever to explore, integrate and optimize outsourcing in your business.

$6 / hr


Simple pricing structure, all inclusive of the ff.


  • Dedicated full-time staffing
  • Highly qualified & professionalised workforce
  • Recruited specific to job description
  • Excellent English & cultural alignment
  • Vetting, training & onboarding


  • Gross basic salary, plus 13th month bonus (compulsory)
  • Government contributions (SSS,etc.) & Health insurance (inc. dependents)


  • A-grade facilities in prime locations
  • Modern hardware, desk & equipment
  • Fast Internet, utilities & redundancy
  • Serviced office accessible 24x7*


  • Human resources, +/- recruitment services
  • Administration, corporate tax & compliance
  • IT support, security & redundancy
  • Company events & outings


  • 1-50 staff (agile, varied roles)
  • Hands-on team management
  • Varying day-to-day deliverables
  • Cost-effective staff augmentation
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$0.5 / hr


Compatible with any outsourcing structure, supplier or model


  • Hands-on optimisation of suppliers, facilities, & strategy
  • Mitigating overall cost by saving on prices, improving terms & outperforming deliverables
  • Structural analysis, design & implementation
  • Operational oversight & management


  • Variable oversight & assistance
  • Light advisory, to complete solutions
  • From $0.50 to $2.00 ppph


  • Operational & strategic needs analysis
  • Engaging the right facilities & structure
  • Recruitment, training & skill development
  • Defining deliverables, mapping & metrics
  • Managing operations, inputs, processes & outputs
  • Exponential expansion of business


  • Small-medium business owners & management
  • Businesses currently outsourcing
  • Businesses about to outsource
  • Avoiding outsourcing pitfalls
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Staffing for any role, any sector

About Outsource Accelerator

Outsource Accelerator is the trusted source for independent information, advisory and expert implementation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

The #1 outsourcing authority

Outsource Accelerator offers the world’s leading aggregator marketplace for outsourcing. It specifically provides the conduit between Philippines outsourcing suppliers and the businesses – clients – across the globe.

The Outsource Accelerator website has over 4,000 articles, 250+ podcast episodes, and a comprehensive directory with 700+ BPOs… all designed to make it easier for clients to learn about, and engage with, outsourcing.

Independent trusted advice and implementation

Outsource Accelerator is the leading outsourcing advisory for the Philippines, as well as offering a full spectrum of brokerage, implementation and co-management services.

Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business 20 years, outsourcing 8+ years and living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.

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