What You Need To Know About Offshore Teams
Outsourcing can be a controversial topic. Some companies swear by it, while others prefer hiring local or in-house. There are many arguments to be made for each side of this discussion, and most of them are salient. In this article, we’re going to take a look at both the concerns and the benefits of working with an offshore development team, and how you can get the most out of outsourcing
The benefits of offshoring
One of the main benefits of offshoring is the amount of money that you can save on your development projects. Offshore companies are set up in countries that have better tax rates, a lower cost of living and/or fewer regulations. Hiring a web developer from a major city or metropolitan area such as Los Angeles, Sydney, New York or London can be very expensive, and the end result may be similar to offshoring the project. Other countries also offer tax incentives, such an exemption from VAT for software development.
All this translates into a much better price tag for a variety of services and products. Of course, the main worry with offshoring is the quality of the service. And for good reason – some companies are not set up to the standards found in the tech centers of the world. However, since the demand for offshoring services is there, companies will compete and develop capabilities that match those of developers in major tech centers for a lower price.
Why Costa Rica?
For companies in North America, hiring a development team from Costa Rica comes with an excellent price tag, while being in the same time zone. This type of outsourcing is known as “nearshoring,” and it allows you to have more control over the development process. For example, if you are looking to add a team member or two for a temporary period, nearshoring is the way to go. However, if you are in a different timezone, such as Europe for example, the time difference shouldn’t have much of an impact on regular projects, since the team is just one email away.
On top of that, Costa Rica is very similar to the US culturally, especially when it comes to business practices and technological education. This is often reflected by the prevalence of popular North American certifications such as ITIL, Six Sigma or PMP. And speaking of technological focus, the country has hackathons, and a vibrant developer community, with one of the most educated workforces in Latin America.
Are you interested in outsourcing your software development project?
With the right company, you can get onshore quality services at offshore bargain prices. If you are in the same time zone, even better – the communication will be smoother. However, when working with companies from a different continent the delay is 12 to 24 hours at most, which can be easily overlooked. If you would like to learn more about outsourcing, what it entails, and how to go about it, contact us today.