4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Nearshoring Instead of Offshoring
Nearshoring refers to a company contracting a service to an external firm located in neighboring countries. Here are some of the advantages of nearshoring for your company:
1. Similar time zones
The key benefit of nearshoring are the shared time zones which means that your working hours will be similar, so daily/weekly meetings can be programed easily and problems can be solved immediately. It is much easier for teams to contact one another and get timely responses when work hours are similar.
2. Fewer cultural barriers
In nearshoring there is more familiarity with each other’s culture, customs and language differences. Also, sharing the national holidays with your business partner and knowing which working days your outsourced team won’t be present in their office is a big plus.
If the partners come from neighbouring countries, it’s more likely that the employees know the other country’s language, so communicating is easier.
3. Easy travel
With nearshoring, it’s easier to travel in order to meet your agile partner, the plane/train tickets are cheaper and the flight times are shorter. There is a greater chance to have a direct flight and you can travel more often for face-to-face meetings, because we all know how important it is to know the people you’re working with on a more direct level.
4. Local legislation
Every company has to be aware of changing legislations and different laws that apply to the country to which they outsource. For example, companies based in the EU or with customers in the EU are impacted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you are closer to the partner-country there is a bigger chance to know the legislation better.