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Secrets of Outsourcing: Top 10 Scams

Shockingly common scams and how to avoid them.


If you have ever worked at an Internet-based company, chances are you’ve either dealt directly with outsourcing or have heard about it. Thanks to globalization, it’s now easier than ever to outsource your programming, customer service, and other corporate staffing.

Secrets of Outsourcing: Top 10 ScamsIn the world of outsourcing, it’s buyer beware. It’s up to you to protect yourself. Many companies and freelancers give clients fake resumes (make sure to ask coding questions on webcam and www.Join.Me) so it’s difficult to know what or who you’re actually getting. For every honest outsourcing company, there are two that are just waiting to string you along.

Here are some of the practices I’ve encountered with almost every outsourcing company I’ve worked with. From speaking with programmers and Virtual Assistants (VA’s), I gather these techniques are quite common throughout the Philippines and India:

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I live in Berkeley, CA and am a project manager at Juice Rocket, a web development and promotions company. I love to hike and be outdoors.

Reader Discussion: 6 Comments

  1. I’ve been a developer for 7 years and I’ve been burn sooo many times as well. Ddnt get paid and other dramas. Lesson is it scams happen for both side. I’ve been a project manager too for 4 years and it’s not good to chock people especially when you are not paying them in advance. In some point there are no securoties too that you will pay them after doing work. Remember you are calling this people employees ? how come? they provide there own tools, Computer, Internet and electricity and your chocking them? LOL! In some point there are pros and cons as well so never be one sided. LOL!

  2. vola

    I have problem with my partner; he wants to change our entire month contract, and then I want to change partners, is what you can give me an idea for a serious partner

  3. kathleen marges

    may i ask , is the ASIAPH OUTSOURCING is a scam? o a legal department? i need answer thanks

  4. Randie Cadiogan

    Yikes! That’s why I always skype and meet them face to face …and do a background check on the designers.

  5. Interesting. It's always difficult to work with people that you don't meet face-to-face. If you're paying them, you should definitely tell them to download the software like hubstaff to see what they're doing.

  6. Courtney Watson

    Well, people love to “fool” around and it’s great that this article teaches how to catch them.

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