Personal Offshoring

7/19/2005 6:18:32 PM

Personal Offshoring

Slashdot had an post a few years ago about a developer who was able to get paid $67K for an assignment, in which he outsourced to India for $12K. This post caused a stir in India, who felt underpaid.

I just came back from the Shareware Industry Conference, where I met someone in the shareware business, who made millions ($3,000 to 6,000 a day) from his first product in the mid-90s selling for $10 – 15 dollars a simple program that changed two registry keys to make Internet browsers perform faster. He had only learned to use a computer a few years earlier. (Note: His sales rate grew from an original $300/day because of RealNetworks promotionin its website in exchange for a cut.)

This entrepreneur is not a developer, so he had to pay a student to develop the application. In later years, he hired developers from Russia and Israel to produce additional applications, since they were much cheaper than hiring one from the states. Having written earlier about outsourcing, I inquired about how he was able to find such developers, but he didn’t give any details.

Last week, Guardian Unlimited had an article on Swift and Offshore which describes how individuals can make cost and time savings by offshoring their own work. Examples include using RentACoder.com to hire a Belorussian developer to produce two-weeks worth of code for 200 pounds, or using templatekingdom.com to hire a Bangladesh developer to produce a website design for 30 pounds.

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