Offshoring – the practice of outsourcing business processes to another country – has been an important topic in American business (and politics) for decades now. I always thought that my profession, copywriting, was immune from it. But I was wrong.
I love Freelance Folder. If you’re a freelancer, or are just curious about how they think and work, please check out this site. Here is a link to the post, but it was comments such as these that caught my eye:
Those in developing countries may find a gold mine for, let’s say a $5 an hour ( or less ) job writing a 500 word article for a client. I guess, those who are benefiting in these tough times are those in the developing world and they say China will be the next America?
We usually work for much less than freelancers from other parts of the world. We realize that this is a though competition for this people, because of the difference between the costs of living in each country … The other big issue is that anyone can enter into this markets, so, a proffesional designer or developer, who invested a lot of money and time going to college, can be taken out by some teenager from a country like mine, and that’s not fair … for companies and clients from the first world, the freelancing market is a great place to outsource a lot of work for very little money, and we will take them because we need that money, so this is a truly complicated topic. As we can see in other comments in this thread, many freelancers had to switch jobs or to take extra work loads to make a living. The same happens to us, because we have to compete against people from India for example, which are excellent and much more cheap than us, so we are also in disadvantage. [This comment was from an Argentinian web designer, not a writer, but the perspective is still valuable.]
The more I researched this trend, the more I learned why it could make sense.
That last point is very important. For 25 years, I’ve written B2B communications that were distributed overseas in English or translated into other languages, or both. I actually had to be careful not to be too colloquial. So I can see some benefit to employing writers who understand other cultural norms.
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