When you begin freelancing, you will soon discover that foreign outsourcing and competition is a big deal in the online world. Overseas outsourcing, the silent American dream killer, has been in full force for a while.
Overseas outsourcing takes jobs away from Americans, to bring cheaper goods and services to Americans while bringing in higher revenues. Yet, it seems to me that rather than getting cheaper, life in America has become more and more expensive.
The majority of the low wage overseas outsourcing goes to China and India. Statistically speaking, how many jobs are lost to China and India? Per this article, “Job Overseas Outsourcing Statistics”, posted on Statistic Brain, 2,382,000 U.S. Jobs were outsourced in 2015.
Realistically, 2,382,000 U.S. Citizens could have had jobs that went to overseas workers who will spend that money in their communities, instead of bolstering U.S. economies. In return, we will spend our hard-earned money on goods and services from businesses that do not value America enough to keep jobs here.
In my opinion, outsourcing for unreasonably low-wage workers is the most un-American act that a business can engage in. Tapping into workers that do not engage with our own local economy or compete with ballpark wages, directly and indirectly, affects Americans.
In my own freelancing career, I have only worked for U.S. based clients. It’s a commitment I’ve made due to my respect for the American Dream.
Realistically, I don’t blame the low-wage workers in those countries either. Their low wages are typically fair wages in the countries where they live. If I am in his or her shoes with the same offers, I may very well take that job. The problem lies with the companies who sell out their fellow American’s.
Would I consider working for an international client? Possibly, but not if my wage competed unfairly with their local wages. I’d rather be hired for what I can do for you, versus just being a cheap gig.
As a freelancer, this may be disheartening, but you can indeed compete. Here are a few of my personal tips.
- Develop well-written pitches that detail your value to the client
- Market yourself as a professional in key areas that pay better, don’t be a do-it-all
- Guarantee outcomes and offer examples and referrals
- Check out each client profile, avoid applying to client’s who routinely hire cheap labor
- Be choosy, don’t apply to everyone
Don’t give up, there really are clients who know the value of paying fair prices