In our last blog post, we put on our scuba suits and took a deep dive into the differences and similarities between Offshoring, Onshoring, Nearshoring, and (the highly spectacular) Yourshoring. In this post, we’re going to narrow the focus to Offshoring vs. Yourshoring—and outline the benefits and nuances of both.
Just like you do when you’re weighing any other important life decision, we’re going to make a pros and cons list. When we get to the end of it, you’ll see that Offshoring has a handful of pros and a very long list of cons. Yourshoring on the other hand, is as all-pro as Tom Brady. (No, for real, there are no cons. Read on.)
Here’s how we break it all down:
The term Offshoring is flexible and fungible—a bit like the unsung superhero Plastic Man (who everyone seems to co-opt for their own purposes). The word is used in manufacturing, supply chain management, call centers, and much more.
From a technology perspective, Offshoring means finding development talent (wicked smart developers and engineers, for example) that are not physically located in the same country you are. Say you are a high-flying startup based in Austin, TX; when you leverage killer developers in Romania or Brazil, you’re Offshoring.
Sometimes Offshoring is referred to as “Offshore Outsourcing” which can be confusing because there is also just plain old “Outsourcing.” It’s nuanced, but a simple explanation is this: Offshoring is used when an ongoing retainer relationship is needed—this is your far away, dedicated dev team. Outsourcing is the short-term, project-based solution—this team hits it and quits it. (Want to learn more? Read this incredibly insightful post we wrote and you’ll be fluent.)
There are myriad reasons why businesses use Offshoring. Here, we give you a brief synopsis of the most common reasons why:
To learn more about when offshoring is great, watch “When Offshoring is Great, and When It’s a Dog.”
Alas, nothing in life is perfect (except, of course, my darling spouse…hello, dear). Which means the list of inherent challenges to Offshoring is a long one. Let’s cover some of the low points here:
Pro tip: find a way to do both offshoring and nearshoring and reap the benefits of both worlds. This is our jam, we’ll make you a pro in no time.
We feel your pain. When we ran our own SaaS-based startups, we faced many of the above pros and cons when determining our own offshore development strategy. It was frustrating—maddening, really. Enough so that we decided to come up with a better way: We call it Yourshoring.
Think of Yourshoring like Offshoring 2.0. It’s an advanced version, the one you want with all the good stuff and none of the gunk. Yourshoring amplifies all the advantages of Offshoring while putting in place the people, processes, and best practices needed to fully negate all of its disadvantages.
TurnKey’s Yourshore model is new, unburdened, and the technically savvy way to build high-performing remote software development teams. This is because it’s the first—and only—framework that is built entirely around YOUR needs. This is YOUR team, YOUR rules, YOUR vision, YOUR terms. Exciting, right? I know. Let’s dig in right here, right now.
With Yourshoring, you can ditch the disadvantages of Offshoring. Trust your build to TurnKey and watch your team take your product into the Hall of Fame. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Like anything else, when it’s custom-made, it just feels better. No blisters, all bling. Offshoring is good, but is it good enough? Is it right for you? Your product isn’t third-string, it’s a starter. Go all-pro with Yourshoring. You’ll get what you need, the way you need it. And TurnKey will make sure your product shines.
When you hire an offshore team, you’ll enjoy cost savings, potential tax benefits, specialized expertise, and access to round-the-clock development.
Offshoring gives you a team you can rely on for technical expertise. But you have to let go of hiring control, cultural fit, communication skills, work ethic, control over security, and potentially, sleep (time zone differences are real).
This depends on your company and your product. Saving money is obviously good, as is the specialized expertise. But the list of cons (see our recap) is daunting.
Apart from the standard communication and cultural misalignment problems frequently faced, there are some serious legal exposure and security issues that come up with a team you don’t have complete control over. (Risk averse? TurnKey’s Yourshoring solution is here for the taking.)
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