The decision to keep work in-house versus outsourcing binding and finishing is a challenging one. Here are a few things to think about.
- Think ahead when quoting projects. Keep in mind target margins and promised timelines. If you sense complexity or volumes that could be a problem in the future, give yourself room for options. Set a project fee that gives you the choice of keeping it in-house or sending it out. Either way, you should be able to preserve for the most part your target margins.
- Handling single or multiple finishing steps. Most in-house finishing departments can handle multi-step finishing, but it may require several different set ups and multiple passes to get an end product. What are the fully-loaded time and labor costs of multiple steps and passes compared to an outsourced binding and finishing specialist?
- Third-party perspective and advice can be valuable. Sometimes you can get too close to a project and tunnel vision sets in. Outside binding and finishing experts can help you engineer and design a project from the beginning that is better for a customer and more cost-effective to produce.
For larger and more complex projects take a minute to consider all your options. It can make all the difference in hitting your margin goals and meeting your scheduling deadlines.