The Outsourcing and Offshoring Dilemma – How to cope?
Some of you reading my articles may think that I am against offshoring and you would be wrong - to an extent. Having read “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” and “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman it didn’t really matter whether I personally agreed with the concept of offshoring or not, it was an economic juggernaut steamrolling its way towards me and many others, whether we liked it or not. At the macro level Offshoring is going to raise the quality of living in those countries that are on the receiving end of the jobs that are flowing out of the US, Europe, and Australia. Countries like India, Malaysia, and Kenya to name a few, will see a lot of benefits from these jobs. The standard line of proponents of Globalization is that over time global labor rates will level off and we will have a more balanced and efficient world economy. I agree with this, unfortunately, we as individuals live at the micro level of economics and for every job that moves overseas, there is a real person facing dire financial consequences because that job was moved.
So, what to do? I’m a capitalist at heart even though our current system leaves much to be desired, so I believe the solution lies in innovation rather than regulation. Besides, in our current political state, the chances of getting any kind of political solution would be nil anyway. The global marketplace has a way of punishing those countries that stray from the concept of the free flow of capital. So, again, what to do? Well, in the US we have been known as innovators, and I have no doubt that we can find a wealth of opportunities out there if we look at upcoming trends. Things like green energy, urban farming, and social media all offer jobs with growth potential. As a technologist I like to look at the root cause of a problem before trying to solve it. In this case I believe the root cause of the problem is an over dependence on Corporate America and single streams of income. Now, we can’t just cut our dependence on Corporate America because that is where the capital generation is, but we can stop this insane practice of working for one corporation at a time and being completely dependent on that corporation for our lively hood. We do this by building additional income streams.
In my case I decided to get into Internet Marketing for a number of reasons: high potential income, scalable, <irony> a lot of the work is suitable for outsourcing or offshoring</irony>, work from any location, and work when you want. There are many types of Internet Marketing, the area I am concentrating on is Affiliate Marketing. I will be writing more detailed articles on Internet Marketing in general and affiliate marketing in particular at a later date. For now, if you are interested in learning more click this link!