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One of the key aspects of DesignQuotes is that we are an local Australian network. When we started DesignQuotes we knew that designers would not want to compete against offshore businesses so we decided there might value in connecting local businesses with local designers.
Turns out there is.
A simple way to ensure that people who signed up to DesignQuotes were in fact Australian businesses was to implement an ABN check using ABN Web Services.
Not bullet proof, but has worked well so far.
Today I got an unusual enquiry about this issue (click to enlarge):
And my response:
How are you keeping the Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Chinese, Bulgarians and all the rest of the grubs out? Do you discriminate by name? Do you ask for country of origin? The problem is not Australians only as they have infiltrated our society and so are now “Australians” and bidding as “Australians” but they get their little gutter mates in Asia to do the work anyway. I’d like to know how you define and police “Australian Only”.
Hi [removed] interesting question.
I assume your question is, how do we regulate whether providers outsource components of their work offshore?
In short, we don’t.
The claim that we accept Australian businesses only still holds even if some of those providers outsource some of the work.
The primary issues clients typically encounter when working with offshore companies are:
- language barriers
- micromanaging tasks they don’t understand
- cultural differences
- timezone issues
- feature creep
When a client works with a local agency or freelancer they avoid the above issues most of the time.
In some cases a freelancer or agency will still outsource some of the work to reduce costs which is a very common practice. The advantage to the client is they get a cheaper product while the freelancer or agency handles the project.
My rationale for posting this:
I believe this person is frustrated with having to compete with cheap offshore pricing. Yet I know for a fact there is a thriving web industry in Australia.
It is my hopes that the community here can share some insight into the issue and help this person gain a new perspective.
What are your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below.