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What is nearshore outsourcing?

Nearshore outsourcing is an outsourcing model where certain jobs or tasks are assigned to talent from a nearby country.

Unlike offshore outsourcing—hiring talent from faraway places like India or Eastern Europe—this recruitment strategy focuses on sourcing experts such as software developers or customer service agents from Latin America and the Caribbean, for organizations based in the United States.

Nearshore outsourcing offers better time zone overlap than offshore outsourcing, with a lower cost of engagement than onshore outsourcing.

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Advantages of using NerdRabbit for nearshore outsourcing

1. Cost savings

Compensation can cost up to 50% less than US- or Canada-based talent of the same skill level. Plus, NerdRabbit is available on AWS Marketplace, allowing for streamlined billing with your cloud spend.

2. Time zone overlap

Unlike offshore outsourcing—consisting mostly of professionals in Eastern Europe, the Philippines, and India—nearshore outsourcing occurs mostly in Central and South America. That means more working hour overlap between international and onshore teams.

3. Established relationship

Figuring out where to find quality partners you can trust presents a major challenge to businesses looking to engage nearshore talent. Over the years, we’ve built a strong working relationship with our partners in Argentina, passing on time savings and peace of mind to our clients.

4. Cultural similarities

Friendliness, professionalism, English proficiency, a direct communication style, adaptability, and value of quality work are just some of the qualities that make Argentine talent highly compatible with US-based companies.

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Our team

At NerdRabbit, we know the cloud. Both our in-house team and nearshore partners are comprised of AWS-certified professionals, and we work with organizations of all sizes to tackle cloud projects and source talent. Our nearshore partners bring over 10 years of cloud and development experience, working with over 75 clients across multiple countries.

Available roles for nearshore software outsourcing

Whether you need help with a temporary project or to temporarily supplement existing staff, NerdRabbit has the experts you need.

Machine Learning (ML)

Web Development

Application Refactoring

UI/UX Design


Mobile development

Mobile Development

Cloud Migration

“We needed help with a cloud-native development project building a new software system for the State of Texas. This required writing new code for a cloud-first environment in AWS. Working with NerdRabbit, we directly hired a Senior AWS Architect to oversee the development project and lead a team of project-based nearshore software developers. This proved to be a cost-effective and efficient approach, enabling us to better serve the client and positioning us for future success with key accounts.”

Amelia Balderrama
President and CEO, iDocket

What is nearshore software development?

Nearshore software development is the practice of outsourcing your company’s software development to individual contractors or third parties based in nearby countries. Many companies opt for nearshore over offshore, which consists of faraway places.

Time zone overlap

But nearshore outsourcing isn’t only defined by geographic proximity. Time zone overlap is usually the biggest consideration, with most companies opting to engage developers based somewhere with a one- to three-hour time difference. This sometimes means that, while the developer is actually quite far away in terms of miles, there isn’t much time difference between where they’re located and where your company is located.

For instance, let’s say your Atlanta-based company decides to hire a remote team for software development in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is about 5,000 miles away from Atlanta as the crow flies, but in terms of time difference, it’s only one hour ahead. Distance isn’t much of an issue thanks to modern technologies like Zoom and Slack, and the minimal time difference actually provides more working hour overlap than hiring a developer from San Francisco or Vancouver.

Cost savings

Cost is another major consideration with nearshore development. For example, Toronto, Ontario and Caracas, Venezuela are in the same time zone as Atlanta, but the cost of engagement for a Toronto-based contractor is significantly higher than that of a contractor based in Caracas, Venezuela.

For this reason, Canadian talent isn’t considered nearshore outsourcing for US-based companies due to its comparable cost of living, which plays a big role in determining cost of engagement. For US companies, nearshore software developers are based in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Best places for nearshore outsourcing

If you’re an organization based in the US or Canada, your best options for nearshore outsourcing will likely be in Latin America (LATAM). Here are some of the best places to look if you need help with software development, according to the Coursera Global Skills Report:

  • Mexico. Coursera lists Mexico as a “cutting-edge” country for LATAM tech talent, with average regional scores of 97% and 90% for technology and data science, respectively. In the past couple of years, Mexico City—the largest city in North America—has emerged as a major global tech hub.
  • Colombia. Colombia is another cutting-edge country, scoring 95% for technology and 68% for data science. Medellín and Bogotá are two of the biggest centers for software development in the country.
  • Argentina. Argentina scored the second-highest in LATAM for data science at 96%, and it also boasts exceptionally high scores for technology at 93%. Buenos Aires and Córdoba are both excellent cities for hiring top tech talent.
  • Chile. In addition to being the southernmost country in the world, Chile is also a major player in the Latin American tech industry, scoring 89% and 62% for technology and data science, respectively. Santiago, the nation’s capital and largest city, is probably the best place to source tech talent.
  • Brazil. Brazil scored 87% for technology and 99% for data science, making it the leader in South America for data science skills. Campinas has been called the “Silicon Valley of Brazil,” but nearby São Paulo (that’s the city, not the state) is also an important city for Brazil’s tech industry as well as its financial center.
  • Peru. Last but not least, Peru scored 81% in technology and 86% in data science. Its capital city, Lima, is a coastal metropolis and home to a robust workforce of skilled tech talent.

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