U.S. Programmers at Overseas Salaries: A short and interesting look at a business owner faced with the decision of outsourcing or keeping the work within U.S. borders. He came to a interesting solution that may foreshadow some big changes in the professional lives of American programmers.
As he thought more about his decision, Jon realized he had a valid business reason to hesitate: As the head of a startup that had been going for less than a year, he wasn’t at all certain he should take the risk of having essential work done at a far-off location by people he didn’t know, and with whom he could communicate only via e-mail and phone. Still, there was that matter of nearly $200,000 in annual savings. Each time he hesitated about making his decision, various confidantes reminded him about the big money at stake.