So I've been thinking about IT outsourcing for my new small business. I hear a lot of different opinions on Outsourcing and I'm not sure whether I should do it or not, but it really does seem to be the cheaper alternative. I'm not running the kind of business that is going to depend on having an IT person on hand all the time, so I don't think that it is worth hiring a full-time staff member. So I guess what I'm wondering is if it is worth using the local option, which is considerably more expensive unless I go with someone who is totally inexperienced. Or, if I should do offshore Outsourcing. I've heard a lot of bad things about offshoring, but I've also heard some very good things. Namely, I have heard that you can afford amazing foreign help for the same cost as mediocre local help. Another ethical issue I have with this is that I am contributing to a global economy rather than my home, community, and local economy. I think what I will do is ask some local businesses about options in the community, send some emails, make some calls, and potentially meet up with some Freelancers or organizations that would be willing to do this work. I don't think hiring a full-time it person is right for me, however I do think that it is very possible that I might want to forge a partnership with somebody on a long-term basis, who can add my business to their portfolio. That seems to be the way to go, does anybody have an opinion on this, or any experience that could help me out? As always, the opinions of my commenters often guide me, so I am very grateful for your readership and responsiveness. Ciao, for now!