Il’ya Dudkin 24/07/2018 #Popular 8 min read Today, software development outsourcing is one of the most popular and economically viable ways to build and develop software, but there are still a number of myths and misconceptions out there which prevent it from getting the recognition it deserves. We have decided to bust some of them and show you what outsourcing is all about. So let’s get right down to it and dispel some of the rumors about software development outsourcing. First of all, we should point out that remote work, in general, is becoming more and more popular. When discussing the pros and cons of outsourcing, we run into all kinds of misconceptions. For your convenience, we have gathered the top-7 myths about how inconvenient and inefficient remote work can be, which are prevalent in both employers and employees. So, without further ado, let’s get down to busting some myths about software development outsourcing.Myth 1: You Will Have No Contact With Your Remote Workers The biggest fear most businesses have about outsourcing custom software development is that they will not be able to manage the people they hire and if we take into account that outsourced workers will be located in a foreign country, this only exacerbates the problem. The fact of the matter is that there is even more communication involved with outsourced workers than in-house ones because communication becomes something they cannot do without. Most teams will have a project manager or another single contact point for you if you would like a quick update. Again, if you are working with the right vendor, communication will not be an issue. Myth 2: The Meetings are the Worst If your software development team is spread out all over the world, then the meetings will naturally require more effort on the behalf of all participants. Having said this, it’s not as bad as you think. With the proper software, a solid internet connection and some good old-fashioned organization, the meeting will not be a drag.Also keep in mind that your outsourcing provider will handle this process for you by providing a project manager who will handle all aspects of communication with you, so again, no need to worry.Myth 3: Remote = More Expensive The fear that remote work will cost a fortune is unfounded and, in practice, we see quite the opposite. Not only do you have access to a wider choice of vendors which means that the price for software development outsourcing will be lower due to competition, but also you drastically reduce overhead costs. Imagine not having to pay for an office to rent, providing furniture, a workstation, and general maintenance. Outsourcing is a particularly good option for companies whose office is located in a large city, where rent prices cost a pretty penny.Myth 4: Your Security Will Be Compromised Many people out there think that by hiring remote software developers they are putting their intellectual property at risk. The fact of the matter is that regardless of whether your team is remote or not, everything depends on the people that you decide to work with. If you are working with a company that has a solid reputation and good integrity, you can feel safe knowing that all of your ideas, projects and other classified information will remain classified. Also keep in mind that you add an additional layer of security by mandating that all employees must sign a non-disclosure agreement, thus protecting yourself from such kinds of dangers. Myth 5: Outsourced Workers are on the Job 24/7 The biggest reason why companies choose outsourcing is that it allows them to cover time zones that would otherwise be outside regular working hours. However, this does not mean that your outsourced workers will be on the job 24/7. It all depends on your agreement with the vendor. If you specify in the agreement that you would like to have someone working at all times, that’s one thing. At the same time, we have to remember that outsourced workers are the people as everyone else which means that their working hours will be right around 8 hours a day just like everyone else. If you would like a particular service, be sure to clearly stipulates it in the agreement, otherwise expect the remote employees to work a traditional workday. Myth 6: Outsourced Workers are Inneficient It is easy to see how companies might fall into this trap of thinking that remote workers are lazy and don’t bring any value to the company. However, according to a study by the Harvard Business Review, remote work increases efficiency by 13.5%. One of the main reasons for this is because employees feel more responsible for their work and they are working in a more comfortable atmosphere which improves productivity. All of these factors mean that workers have absolutely no excuse about wasting time or be distracted by something other than their current task. Myth 7: You Will Rue the Day All of the outsourcing haters out there have either not found a vendor they can trust or have never tried outsourcing themselves. Nevertheless, they feel comfortable telling everybody else that they will regret software development outsourcing. If you choose a trustworthy and reliable partner as your software development outsourcing provider, you can be confident that their employees have sound technical skills, works ethic, they work in a comfortable environment and enjoy benefits such as health insurance, gym memberships, team buildings and much more. Correspondingly, you will also enjoy the perks of having a remote team such as lower costs, a wider talent pool of workers and improved efficiency.