Did you hear the one about the programmer who outsourced his own job? I read about it on Slashdot.org, the “news for nerds” Web site. A pseudonymous poster wrote, “About a year ago I hired a developer in India to do my job. I pay him $12,000 to do the job I get paid $67,000 for. He’s happy to have the work. I’m happy that I only have to work 90 minutes a day, talking code. My employer thinks I’m telecommuting. Now I’m considering getting a second job and doing the same thing.”
Wired says the story is probably apocrophal, but even so, mightn’t it be an early clue to the new direction?
The only trouble is, offshore outsourcing is awfully hard to do when you’re a writer.
OTOH, considering how cheaply many freelancers give away their time, perhaps it’s possible to find a subcontractor here in the U.S.
Hmmm . . .
[tags] outsourcing [/tags]