Everyone outsources! Unless of course you are Robinson Crusoe (you reside on a deserted island on your own). C’mon most of us outsource repairing our vehicles to our mechanics. We outsource the mowing our lawn or running of errands to some teenager who leaves down the street or pay a professional gardener.
In a nutshell, outsourcing is not just good but great – we simply cannot do everything all by ourselves. You really do not need to own a cow if you want milk, if you catch my drift. Thanks to the fact that industrial revolution was solidly built on increased specialization.
Really, the controversy over “to outsource or not to outsource” is totally xenophobic and protectionist! Certain people think that outsourcing is totally great…wait for it…as long as it is carried out by American indigence. But these certain people believe that if foreigners do the outsourced tasks, then it is a definite no-no – particularly if the people handling the outsourced task are of a certain color. If that is not racism, I honestly do not know what is! Their borderline racist behavior should NEVER have a place in a globalized economy.
When top footwear companies outsource its manufacturing to a plant in the heart of Malaysia or a top bank outsourcing its customer service to a call center located in India, the American customer totally wins, how?! We get cheaper goods and also help to create markets for products and services abroad as well. Keep in mind that the United States has a colossal trade surplus in services and IP (intellectual property). Unlike manufacturing, people in countries with growing are the ones that can afford IP or services – so, it is really in the best Interest of the United States to assist other economies through trade. You need to understand that the United States is helping these countries through trade and not aid, which is the best way to create a universal economic expansion.
One of the myths of outsourcing that really drives me nuts is that programmers in the United States are losing their work to offshore outsourcing companies. This is absolutely ridiculous, think about it, No American C++ or Java programmer who knows his or her onions has had their job outsourced. But if you are a COBOL programmer and you have been too lazy to have your skills updated, then you might be at risk. Well, look on the bright side, you may not be at risk because the COBOL market is shrinking fast and the Java market is growing rapidly.
Outsourcing is good for America and it is also good for nations that also take part in becoming our off-shore partners.
Daven Michaels is an award-winning outsourcer and author of the book, ‘Outsource This!’ Daven has been honored more than any other individual or outsourcing organization. You can get more information on outsourcing by visiting www.123Employee.com