Over the years, the word "outsourcing" has come to evoke dread and frustration, and it's easy to see why: while it makes financial sense for corporations to move jobs overseas to cut labor costs, the decision to outsource often has devastating effects on local economies, putting thousands of people out of work.
Luckily, there's a creative compromise that has been gaining traction in recent years: onshore outsourcing. Instead of moving jobs overseas, companies move them to small towns and cities stateside, where not only is labor cheaper, but so is the cost of living. As big cities become prohibitively expensive for many people, onshore outsourcing is an innovative talent attraction strategy that saves companies money while revitalizing small towns that would otherwise be overlooked.
One company that helped pioneer this ingenious idea of “rural outsourcing” is Saturn Systems, a Minnesota-based software development company. Instead of outsourcing to another country or paying exorbitant amounts to find talent in pricey metro areas, Saturn Systems has looked toward the smaller port city of Duluth for all of their outsourcing needs.