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Most of us have heard of Offshoring as it relates to billionaires (ie, the rich and famous put their money in offshore accounts so that the Tax Man can’t get his sticky fingers on it). Some might even say this is the cool version of Offshoring.
And although we here at TurnKey are incredibly hip, that cool version of Offshoring isn’t what it refers to in our software development world. Instead, offshore software development is all about making your software engineering efforts go farther, faster –and all at a reduced cost.
I personally know the benefits of offshoring are huge, as I’ve worked for five years with companies that leveraged an outsourcing model.
As you read my post, it is important to remember that the information I’m providing is based on substantial research and firsthand experience, ensuring a comprehensive and accurate overview of offshore software development.
With that in mind, I’ve conducted some research and will address these frequently asked questions for you:
Offshoring — or to be more precise, “Offshore Software Development” – describes the process by which (the smartest) software companies look beyond their shores for software development talent since they can’t find enough high-quality, affordable software programmers locally.
Offshoring has become increasingly popular over the past 15 years, and is now a common—if not required—practice among tech startups and high-growth software firms.
If you like the sound of offshoring but need a pro to get you there, we do it your way, all day.
As a remote-work tech enthusiast, I have encountered several essential subcategories within the broader term of “offshore software development.” By exploring the nuances of each subcategory, it will help you tailor your approach to align with your specific needs and goals (did I mention at TurnKey Labs, we call it yourshoring?)
Today there are several hot spots around the globe for offshore software development. But the biggest, deepest geographical buckets that hold most of the market share are:
Where do we start?! So. Many. Advantages.
Getting started with offshore software development might seem daunting, but the rewards definitely outweigh any challenges. Here are the top items to consider before you head down this yellow brick road:
Pro tip: Signing up for the DIY model means signing up for headache and risk. The only companies that we see choosing this path are ones that also market and sell their product in that remote country or region — they have to set up the foreign subsidiary anyway. If that’s not your situation, rely on the wisdom of an offshore partner like TurnKey. Playing darts in the dark is less fun than it sounds (and it doesn’t even sound that fun to begin with).
You’re building a product, running a company, and potentially trying to workout more than once a quarter.
So the key to success is: Hire pros to hire your pros.
While doing it internally seems like a good idea, a DIY approach can quickly become a cross-functional headache for everyone involved including product, HR, legal, and recruiters. Meanwhile, you still don’t have the software developers you need.
Want to paint a wall? DIY! Want to remodel a kitchen and put in new plumbing? Don’t DIY.
Hiring an offshore development firm when you need to hire remote talent is the way to go, but remember the list of disadvantages outlined above? Choose wisely.
In fact, when we were running our own SaaS-based businesses, we got so tired of dealing with suboptimal offshore agencies that we decided to create our own using a model that yields all the benefits of remote software development but without all the nasty downsides.
In other words, TurnKey builds remote software development teams entirely around your needs.
And then on top of all this goodness, we also offer best-in-class customer service. We’re based in Silicon Valley which means we are local, responsive, and in tune with what you need. Whenever there’s trouble, we’re there on the double!
Although I can vouch for our services, let’s hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what some of our clients are saying about us:
TurnKey’s boots-on-the-ground presence along with decades of experience building and scaling teams, mitigates against most of the cons people typically associate with offshore development (lack of transparency and high churn), while offering most of the pros (similar if not better quality of talent than in the US at a lower cost). That’s the Yourshore difference.
TurnKey’s YourShore model allows us to easily integrate developers directly into our organization so that they are truly my team. I honestly forget most of the time that they aren’t working in the same building as me.
Being able to hire high quality engineering talent quickly is a game changer for any early stage startup. TurnKey has made that possible for us and we are proud that it is one of our company’s strengths.
Offshoring is a solution that can give you everything you need: specialized software development teams that are available, high-quality, and friendly to your bottom line.
The only hitch is knowing where to hire and how to get the (many) logistics tied up in a bow. The answer: hiring a company (like TurnKey!) who can connect the Offshoring dots for you so you can get back to what you do best.
You just read this whole post so there’s no more time to waste. Get your teams lined up and warmed up so you can start hitting it out of the park.
In the software development world, Offshoring is when companies like yours hire much needed, high-quality talent from another country, where specialized developers are more widely available.
Great question. Offshoring is like a long-distance relationship. It’s a team that integrates into your culture and works as an extension of your team at headquarters. Outsourcing is kind of like the kid you took to prom and never dated again. Filled a gap, met a need, delivered a corsage (or in this case, a project), and moved on.
There are tons of benefits, but in a nutshell, opening up to a pool of talent overseas means you can find a broader range of high-quality, specialty developers while saving costs. It allows you to flex and contract your team as needed, and means you can fold talent into your culture, which eliminates communication snafus and work style glitches.
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