As I mentioned earlier... on this post... you`re projects, whether you hire a free-lancer/ developer in another country or here in the United States, your project will only be as effective as your experience and working ethics.
If you provide your free-lancer with a wire diagram, sketches, written documentation of how your project is supposed to look and function what is the problem? a wire diagram if translated into 1000 different languages, that wire-frame is still a wire-frame.
If you provide them with written processes...and step-by step instructions what`s the problem.
Although the language barrier does exsist and sometimes it can be tedious if they have all the information needed they will deliver...
Afew key notes for everyone that is looking into Out-sourcing:
- Provide a flow chart -
- IPO - Input - Process - Output - If you`re a programmer, come on this is "Intro to Programming 101" or as I remember it`s not even a 101 class, it`s lower..
- Sketches, paperwork and more paperwork..., you should be doing this anyways.. aren`t you?
- Create a wire diagram, if you`re using visio draw a top level flow chart, and of course if you`re a programmer, show your processes.
- Create a time line (you can use Project for this)
- Finally either outsource or hire a professional... but no matter what you decide to do, your paper trail is what`s going to make you or break you.
Luckly, I`ve found a company over seas, that helps me when I am busy... like now...
I do the design and they do the DB integration... these guys are Phenomenal: they work with Joomla, Zen Cart (fully customized), Magento E-commece, Word-Press, and just about any open source software you can think of.
Now, if there`s little DB programming... like email forms, Logins, and stuff of that nature it all stays in house including some Joomla, and Zen Carts... Now for a customized approach, then I use them as a back up.
Currently, I am able to deliver a fully customized ZEN CART, JOOMLA, WORDPRESS or Social Networking web site within 1 month. Which is very fast... I create the templates, the layout XHTML and CSS and they integrate all the components... (60 % involvement)
Before it would take me close to 1 1/2 months to do everything, and this is with 3 years experience on OSCommerce, Joomla (mambo), and Zen Cart... and if you want to talk about affordability, and profitability then I think if you`re going to offer dirt cheap web design, then you should consider outsourcing... Dirt Cheap Programming is still keeping it at $1,500.00 to start..
If you`re offering cheaper programming than that... then.... believe me, customers will come to you... but you will overwhelm youself in the long run and your products (services) will loose their Quality.
You can still charge high margins for the less fortunate business owners, even if you have to create a payment plan for them "This is called flexibility" and believe me... If you charge a customer 1500 for a web site, and you put them on a flexible payment plan, lets say... $500 per month... and you have 10 customers... you are bringing in $5,000.00 every month for the next 3 months... That`s enough time to seek more customers and keep your income flowing steadily. all year long...
Do the math.... Being able to offer affordable web design doesn`t mean... to slave drive yourself, it means to learn how to play with your money and prices...
Even if you pay an over seas company $400.00 bucks... in India that is 38 india bucks for every dollar... so if you pay them $400 that translates to: $12,000 India Bucka-roos...
and if you give them 10 of your projects? Come on how much are they making? per month?
They are happy, I am happy, my customers are happy... Everyone is happy...
Nuevolution9/16/2008 3:28 AM
Web Developer / Owner / Consultant
When starting your own business the need to "know-how" is greater than money!