The Pros and Cons of Manufacturing in China
25 March, 2021
December 8, 2020 at 7:30 am
If you’re looking for a company that provides CAD services or a freelancer that does CAD design, honestly there are a lot of options to choose from, and that can be very overwhelming. How do you know who is good or bad? How do you know who to trust with your hard earned money? And in the worst case scenario, how do you make sure they’re not going to steal your idea and sell it to someone else?
In this article we’re going to discuss some of those concerns, and try to take the overwhelm out of choosing the right company or freelancer to work with.
With the proliferation of online freelancing platforms, one of the first questions you might be asking is whether you need to work with someone close to home, or whether working with an international company might be better.
This question has a couple of different aspects. CAD design is a digital service and can be delivered remotely, so in our view as long as you can communicate with someone easily in a similar time zone to yourself it doesn’t matter too much where they are.
There are other things to consider here though. For example, working with a company who have all their staff in North America is going to be much more expensive, because cost of living and wages are higher here.
You could instead pay a freelancer in a developing country to do your CAD design, which will be much cheaper (while still paying them an excellent wage comparatively), but then you have to deal with project management headaches due to language differences and misunderstandings, and possibly problems with work ethic which will see you micromanaging everything.
It can be hard without hiring experience to tell if a freelancer is going to be good or bad to work with, so you may find you end up hiring a dud the first time around. This means having to hire multiple people to do your project, costing you more time and probably the same amount of money it would have cost to hire a company more locally in the first place.
It’s also important to avoid CAD design mills, as they just won’t care about you or your project. These types of companies operate in a churn and burn fashion where they will push your work out as quickly as they can before moving onto the next project, without much attention to detail in the quality of their output.
We feel the best approach is to hire a company like J – CAD Inc. where our company owners and project managers are based in North America, but we also have a distributed team of over 40 people built up over many years. This has allowed us to source the best talent from around the world, while also passing on cost savings from cost of living arbitrage to you in our project prices.
This is a bit of a tricky question, as the “best” company or freelancer is the one most suited to your project. If you talk to someone and they tell you that they can do any and all projects, that’s a bad sign as it means they’re generalists, not specialists, and are likely to have lower quality skills, or be in desperate need of the work. Good companies should actively turn away projects they’re not a good fit for.
Something else to keep an eye out for is the “are they just in it for the money” test. A great sign of a good company to work with is if they will be up front and tell you that your idea will either:
a.) Not work the way you expect
b.) Will not compete in the market, as someone else is already doing it better, cheaper, on a larger scale etc.
This can save you a lot of time, money and heartache, so it’s in your best interests to listen if a company says something like this to you!
Other things to consider are:
We may be a little biased here, but we think in general (unless you’re the kind of person who likes to micromanage everything), you will have a better experience and get better results with a company rather than a freelancer.
Companies with a big team typically have more streamlined and refined processes than freelancers do and better business practices, allowing projects to run much more smoothly and efficiently. If they didn’t their whole business would fall apart!
There are some other unique issues when working with freelancers rather than companies as well however, including:
There are a number of questions you should ask a company or freelancer before starting a project with them. Maybe surprisingly, “how much?” is not the first question you should be asking. If it is, you may have your priorities wrong for the project. For example, sometimes paying a bit more will actually save you a lot of time and stress, or get you a much higher product. So try to avoid the race to the bottom on prices if you can, as this is a sign of an inexperienced or desperate freelancer or company who don’t value themselves or their product. On the flipside of this, watch out for companies or freelancers who overprice their services. Sometimes pricing exorbitantly is a strategy used to try and make their service look more valuable, in a “if it’s expensive it must be really good” kind of scenario. In reality finding a company priced towards the upper middle is a better approach.
Some other questions you might like to ask include:
We hope after all the above we have convinced you to hire a company rather than a freelancer for your next CAD design project.
If you’d like to hire a company with a large team, lots of experiences and great prices, we’d love to hear more about your project.