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It’s quite common in today’s world to look for great products for great prices. And why not? We all love a good deal. But can good deals apply to the mobile app development world? Or is it just like that saying? “You get what you pay for.”

In the long run, outsourcing is another form of trade that benefits the U.S. economy by giving us cheaper ways to do things. – Janet Yellen

With onshore talent becoming harder to find, hourly rates have begun to skyrocket causing companies to look elsewhere for resources. And it makes sense. But if not onshore, then where? Let’s jump in and see another option the mobile app development world may have to offer us.

Why Nearshore? 

Depending on what your needs are, outsourcing could be considered a win-win for all parties involved. With cons like onshore prices and offshore cultural barriers, nearshore mobile app development can present itself to be a happy medium.

What are the Pros?

  • Data Protection Laws: Unlike many offshore countries where protection laws are limited, nearshore Data Protection Laws tend to be similar to the onshore space. This should be the top, if not first qualifier on your checklist. Why work so hard for a project only to have it stolen right from your finger tips?
  • Bilingual Edge: Although, Spanish is the native language in most nearshore countries, English is quite commonly spoken amongst those in the technical field. With Spanish being the second most spoken language in the U.S., it probably wouldn’t hurt to have Spanish speakers on your team. Especially if you are trying to create an app that can target a broader market.
  • Similar Culture: If you decide that outsourcing is an option for you, be sure to look at the cultural differences of nearshore and offshore. Central and South American countries have their differences, but can be more similar to North America than you may think.
  • Same Time Zones: This can be crucial when planning conference calls and weekly updates. Same time zones easily allow for day-to-day communication, ensuring productivity and high-quality, cost-efficient development. 
  • Lower Travel Costs: In some cases, you may find that a nearshore company has an office and/or offices state-side, making travel that much easier. And if not, traveling nearshore would still be much less than traveling to your team across the world.
  • Growing Talent: Latin America has recently been coined as “the upcoming Silicon Valley” due to the high-level educators and investors that have been making their move south of the boarder. And with a name like that, you can imagine the potential nearshore may have to offer you business.

What’s Important?

Again, this all depends on what your needs are. Not every project would thrive nearshore, but not all projects thrive as well onshore either. Regardless of which shore you feel is right for you, there are many factors that come into play at the end of the day. So how do you know? Where do you start? Here are some final thoughts to consider when deciding if nearshore is right for you.

What are your key points?

  • Cost: Typically, available budget is the most important factor when deciding what options are actually feasible. Although it should never be the only decision-making factor, there is no denying its influence in any successful business endeavor all the same. 
  • Language: This aspect depends on how intricate you expect your project to be. If your project is on the simple side, you could potentially have more options here. However, if your project is more complex, you may want to consider working with developers you can easily converse with. Explaining details and holding meetings/phone calls would be rather difficult with a language barrier in place. 
  • Culture: Similar to language barriers, cultural barriers can quickly point a project in the wrong direction. Make sure that work expectations are not just assumed, but are addressed.
  • Skillset: The expertise required is also a key player when it comes to the decision-making process. Again, the project’s complexity will point out the skillset needed here. Once identified, you can begin to look for the specific talent needed to complete the project successfully.  
  • Location: Take into consideration if face-to-face meetings will be a needed aspect of your project. If so, you’ll want to factor in how often travel will be required and how much those travel expenses will affect your budget. Also, be sure to take note if a nearshore or offshore company has an office in the U.S. This can help offset costs immensely. 

So what do you think? Still have some unanswered questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them via email, phone, or in one of our future blogs.

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