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Friday, July 15, 2005

Individual Offshoring: Swift and offshore

(Via Guardian) Big businesses are not the only ones who can benefit from sending work overseas. Individuals can make cost and time savings too writes Ben Hammersley. Offshoring, is big business.Of late,large companies have been hiving off departments - call centres, engineering plants, research and development labs and so on - to countries such as India, where an educated workforce costs a fraction of the price in a fully industrialised country. For big companies it can make a lot of sense. IT professionals in the west are increasingly nervous of being replaced, at least in day-to-day tasks, by their cheaper subcontinental counterparts, or the newer businesses from China, south-east Asia, and South America.The preserve of big business is now available for the individual. A combination of the internet and the universal acceptability of credit cards means that although you might not need a call centre, there are an increasing number of things that can be moved offshore that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or outside one's skillset.
Small module development can be economically managed through sites like RentACoder.com, Ben writes that he got it done for a fifth of the normal price. This sort of auction and escrow arrangement is commonplace with personal offshoring sites. All are protected from fraud and non-payment and, by off-loading the credit checking and banking systems to the credit card companies, the offshoring marketplaces can be very efficient.Ben writes about website design done in 24 hours and at amazingly cheaper figures effected through Templatekingdom.com and adds about the transcribing facilities available for individuals at offshore & maths tuition available online for school going kids.There's the future for you: schools online, teachers offshore.

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