In-House Printing or Outsourcing?


To outsource or do work internally? This is always a question that smart business professionals ask about many services, from print management to IT monitoring to actual printing. There are pros and cons to both outsourcing and keeping your work in-house, of course, so it’s important to weigh your options before making any decisions. When it comes to typical office print jobs, the answer could be yes or no, or it could be yes and no. Here are some things to consider when you’re deciding to outsource or not.

The Pros and Cons of In-House Printing

First, it’s important to note that the kind of printing you’re doing will likely determine whether you’ll outsource or not. Take a moment to think about the kind of printing you’re talking about, and ask yourself these questions:

  • Does my company do this kind of printing often?
  • Is high-quality important?
  • How much will it cost to do this kind of printing in-house?
  • How much will it cost to outsource this kind of printing?
  • Is timely turnaround necessary?

Let’s dive in a little deeper to discover how these questions help you make your final decision.

Quality and Timeliness

Many companies choose to purchase high-quality printers—including wide format and multifunction printers—so that they can have ultimate control over the speed and quality of their print jobs. When it comes to printing business brochures, flyers, pamphlets, banners, and presentations, you can’t afford to skimp on design and craftsmanship. Outsourcing can be problematic if you run into issues with the turnaround and are unsatisfied with the product you receive.


In most cases, volume determines the cost-effectiveness of outsourcing or doing print jobs in-house. As a general rule of thumb, the more you print, the more expensive outsourcing is. When you purchase and use your own machines, you’re able to avoid the markup related to outsourcing.

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