In business — as well as life — achieving mutual benefits is often done by making agreements with someone else to advance a company’s operations. Business owners may need another company’s goods, services or resources to complete their production process.


Mutual benefits occur when both parties in an agreement or situation gain value. For example, a company may look to sell economic resources to generate a profit from operations. Another company looking to produce goods may need these resources, with the relationship creating a mutual benefit.


Outsourcing is a common type of mutual benefit. One company will hire another business that can perform certain tasks or activities better or at a cheaper cost. This is a mutual benefit because one company will save money while another will earn a profit.


Companies may need to use a contract to maintain their mutual benefit. Contracts are legally enforceable documents outlining specific goals and objectives in business. Mutual benefits can also be found in human resources, where employers and employees can receive mutual benefits.