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SHOULD I HIRE AN OVERSEAS WEB DESIGNER?

You can invest a lot of money into hiring a designer or developer and before you do, you should be ready to find someone that you can build a long-term relationship with. Taking what you think is the easy way and cheapest way to a build a new website may surprise you. Which brings us to why it’s a terrible, and often costly, decision to outsource your design. 

Here are our top five reasons why hiring an overseas designer is a bad idea.

1. CHEAPER COSTS ARE NOT ALWAYS CHEAPER

Did you know that outsourced projects can be copied with some small changes and sold to one of your competitors? As a result you can have problems with licensing and copyright that isn’t easy to resolve when your designer or developer resides in a far-off country with different laws.

Believe it or not, we’ve heard every horror story that comes with working with designers and developers across the world. 

2. TIME MANAGEMENT

The fact is, a significant amount of time is wasted managing a project. The savings in cost must be compared against the time spent trying to lead the development of a project on the other side of the world. Communicating and relaying requirements can be a daunting task.

3. QUALITY CONTROL


Diagram of fast, good, and cheap--it’s impossible to get all three in design

That means there’s always a trade off:

Cheap + fast = lower quality work

Fast + good = expensive

Good + cheap = not happening anytime soon

What are your priorities?

 

Since you are looking for a cheaper designer, you have to quickly accept the standards of the work presented. A cheap website built overseas by programmers who don’t adhere to quality control standards can have repercussion. 

The lack of quality control and poor standard of work. This can even result in financial loss since your competitor has a better web solution than you do, resulting in them taking a portion of your business.

4. DATA SECURITY IS AT RISK

The reason for this is that countries that do outsourced development work don’t have conditions in place that require a certain degree of integrity within the website, so they have no incentive to build websites that have clean code and are secure.

If your website interacts with customer personal data and makes use of databases that handle sensitive information then outsourcing your development project can mean significant risks to data security and confidentiality. Unlike the U.S., most of countries that do outsourced development work don’t have strict data protection laws that are adhered to ours. Is it worth putting your business at risk?

5. CUSTOMER SERVICE AND ONGOING SUPPORT

This is one of the major issues with outsourcing web development overseas. Getting in touch with someone once they’ve received payment for the project is next to impossible. If you face problems with your website or even want to make a small change, the hassle and stress of trying to get in touch with the original developers is crazy. They almost always disappear after the project making support for your website non-existent.

Do you remember that old saying, “You get what you pay for?” Yeah that’s exactly how this works. If time is valuable to you, then you shouldn’t consider overseas work for your business.

 If you have questions, feel free to ask us. Call (833) 988-3938 or Email us.