One of the most important things on many Americans’ minds is how to help our economy. Everything has been tried from creating jobs by building new highways and bridges to giving money to large corporations. The one thing we are against trying, is buying more oil from the middle east and more products from China. Why not? Simple. Because the best way to get our economy on track is to not outsource.
So, here is the question: Do you outsource your SEO, Social Media, or other Web based needs to other countries? If you do, it’s probably because you want to make a higher profit by saving money. I have nothing against those countries Americans outsource to, as I have friends in some of those countries. I do have a problem with Americans looking out for their own business interests, while their neighbors are kicked out of their homes.
Here are 32 reasons not to outsource:
- Outsourcing hurts the U.S. economy and helps other countries economies (Outsourcing is a $69b business in India)
- Because those countries often have time differences of 12 or more hours, turn around time can be up to, and sometimes more than, 24 hours
- Not only will you have to deal with slow turn around times, but you will have to monitor their work more
- Slow turn around times can make your company look bad
- If you need a quicker response time, and need to call the person/company you outsource to, the costs are astronomical unless you use a service like Vonage or Skype
- If they don’t answer, they may not call you back if they don’t want to incur costs for an international call
- Advertising to companies that you offer a service that you outsource is deceptive (Make your client aware that you outsource, ask them if that’s okay, and see what they say. Some may consider it fine as long as you get the job done. Chances are most won’t)
- Outsourcing takes away U.S. jobs (That $69b could employ more than 1.5 m people)
- Even though those people speak English, some linguistic nuances in their English may differ from ours (Even the word ‘yes’ can have different connotations)
- If you complain about products coming from China, oil coming from the middle east, and wealthy people keeping their money in off shore accounts, it is not morally right for you to outsource
- Google may have different standards of good SEO and SEO related practices in other countries. People in other countries no more know what are acceptable standards here than we do there.
- Because Reliance Internet, which is used throughout much of the world including India, uses more than 17,000 m of fiber-optics cables, throughout the world, entire countries or even continents can experience disruptions in Internet service
- If a problem occurs with Reliance Internet in another, the U.S. news probably won’t report it. That means you won’t know about it, so you won’t know to take precautions.
- If the U.S. news does report it, they probably won’t report it until the next day
- It can be more cost effective to outsource to a college student, who will work for college credit or a nominal rate.
- Not hiring an intern makes it harder for them to get the skills, build their resumes, and position themselves in the job market
- If you’re a large enough company, Unsourcing (online forums that act as help centers) is more cost effective
- Outsourcing encourages U.S. workers to move overseas where e-commerce will grow
- Customer service in other countries is very different than the US. Think about the last time you called a company like USAA or American Express Concierge, whose employees are trained to get into conversations about your pet and family. Workers in some countries see building personal relationships with clients as a waste of time and money
- Just because someone in another country speaks English, doesn’t mean they write English well (less than 6% of the world’s 7 billion people speak english)
- Many times people who have the skills to do something don’t have the right skills
- You could be giving money to a scam artist.
- Even if the person is legitimate, sometimes it is acceptable in other cultures for companies to save money by working on other projects while charging clients that company is not working for.
- The worst way to motivate someone who doesn’t need or care about earning more money is to offer them more money. This means the more money we give money to people in other countries that are not business minded the less motivated they become to work.
- It is difficult to motivate workers in current or former communist/socialist countries to work, as their mindset is that they receive money whether they work or not.
- People in other countries sometimes don’t take constructive criticism as well and think you are offending them if you don’t like their work
- Companies you outsource to may allow people in villages or rural areas to telecommute. Those people may not have reliable Internet connections, thus slowing the turn around time down even more.
- Even if you work with one person, work you outsource to someone in a developing nation could be outsourced to someone in a rural part of that nation
- Outsourcing can even cause problems for managers in those companies, who have to train employees to think and work according to US standards
- Integration of Web 3.0 and HTML 5 will cause certain legalities within SEO and computer programming that will make it more difficult to outsource
- While America has freedom of speech, freedom of speech can be limited in other countries. This means certain language in emails and work can be intercepted by the government and not allowed
- It is easier for people in foreign countries to fudge on their resumes/credentials and more difficult for US people to do background checks.
Do you have any reasons why U.S. companies should or should not outsource?
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