You’ve heard the saying a thousand times, “you get what you paid for,” and so far in life you have found this to be pretty accurate. Now though you are looking at a new software package and wondering is software the same way? Is cheap software worth your time to try it out? Well I am here, as always, to challenge tradition and make a claim that this is one situation where the saying doesn’t hold any water. The answer is yes! You can get great software and VERY cheap.
So now I guess I have to explain myself don’t I? Well here is the deal—software is digital information that can be traded over the world wide web. That’s right! I said the WORLD wide web. So we are not talking about software created by software engineers who have been trained at top engineering schools and are thousands of dollars in debt from it still AND have to pay $1200 a month in rent for a one-bedroom efficiency. No I am talking about self-trained geniuses all over the world who are just as good as their college-educated American counterparts but don’t expect or need to be paid a quarter as much. That is right you can give them what to them is the equivalent of a six-figure salary in the US and it is cheap to you. These are the best kind of deals aren’t they? Everybody wins and walks away feeling like they have come out of the deal ahead.
So how do you hook up with these foreign programmers in order to score your cheap software? Well via the internet of course! There are sights set up where you can post jobs and any programmer can take a stab at it and if you are happy you work out a deal to pay them for the work. You also naturally will want to keep working with them if they have shown their worth with the first job which is typically a test run of sorts to “interview” the programmer. The internet allows easy communication and easy payment systems that are secure for both payer and payee.
Now there are some difficulties that you will have to work through. First you have to get good at detailing what it is that you want done. Second you want to make sure that they are testing there work and giving you a semi-polished “draft” of the software. Third you want to be able to talk to them in your language and have them be proficient enough to foster good lines of communication so that the deals go through smoothly. Third reward these guys and they will return to you for more. You are giving them a great opportunity for work and they will remain loyal giving you cheap software that is better than what you paid for it.