Friday, May 05, 2006

The limits of off-shoring

Many people in the richer Western countries are fearful that all the high-paying jobs are going to be off-shored to the developing nations. To India, Eastern Europe and so on. And while there certainly is a trend towards this, there are also limits. Let me give you an example. In my work I sometimes have to get artwork, websites and simple software developed. Sometimes I used a website called for this. is a site where you post a project and roughly how much you are willing to pay for it and professionals from all over the world can bid on the project. Dispite the fact that I always receive a glut of cheap bids from India and Eastern Europe, I always end up hiring an American professional. Why? Well, so far I have found them to produce the best work, and to work in a highly professional way - good communication, prompt and reliable service. Sometimes its worth paying the little bit extra to get the job done to the standards you want.

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