I’m thinking of creating a marketplace that connects Aussie Business’s with local Aussie web developers to help create/fix/update their WordPress website.
I’m a believer in keeping work on-shore. Helping your mate (or someone’s mate). Spending local. Helping fellow Aussies. And in return getting a better result. Overall – I think you end up getting more bang for buck anyway.
OK – most of us know we can outsource the WordPress development tasks offshore. But if it’s a smaller task – the trouble of off-shoring will often out weigh the benefits. Here are the major downsides of off-shoring:
The advantages of working with local web developers:
Some of the economies of dealing with offshore web developers are handicapped by less than ideal results.
I think Aussie web developers can do a great job, on budget, on time, and at a reasonable cost. I’ve seen some Aussie web developers doing entire website builds for $300 – $500, and when you get closer to the $1,000 mark there is an even wider choice of web developers.
For web developers – you get new clients. No need to bid against off-shore developers.
We’ll be doing some sort of background checking, to make sure it’s local developers. We’ll also do some form of reputation system – so any developer not pulling their weight (less than 4 out of 5 stars ) can be highlighted as poor.