Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Voice of Daat: Independence Day

If during Passover, I looked up the definition of the word “freedom,” then today, I ask myself what the definition of “independence” is. What is an independent country and what is an independent woman?
In my opinion, independence is expressed through the right to vote.

As citizens of this country, we have the right to choose our leaders and influence the social and political processes and all the other state affairs.
The generation living under Turkish rule and the British Mandate lived under the rule that they did not choose. They lived under a different people who ruled them, shaped their lives, and granted or denied their rights.
Women of the previous generation, who already lived in an independent state, had no right to choose their personal lives. Women's employment was not acceptable and legitimate during the years in which my mother’s generation was at the height of its bloom. A woman could work as a teacher or at a daycare or from home as a seamstress. Most other professions were not an option for them.

The right to vote is the cornerstone of Judaism. But this right is limited. The Torah states "See that I gave you today life and death and good and evil…. And you have chosen in life." Every person has the right and the obligation to use the power of foresight, to see life and listen to what they have chosen. This is a call to action. Regarding choice. But, along with granting the right to vote, the Creator commands us to choose live. We need to be guided and commanded in the choosing, because a person is a combination of matter and spirit, body and soul, not always inclined to choose the right path.
Choice in life is not trivial. Choice in life usually not choosing what’s easy, comfortable, habitual, what the environment expects from you to do. Choice in life is a choice that results in thought, individual work, and thorough review.
In our generation the right to vote has been expanded. We elect the government and its employment, each of us can choose between being a housewife or a working woman, too. Almost all professions are open to us, all schools, all options to pursue higher education.
When choosing life, it often becomes necessary to compromise or give up one’s wills, to understand and meet the challenges that our choice brings, sometimes reselect the same choice after further thought and sometimes change direction. Every choice has a price and usually there is no such thing as perfection.

When choosing, we must remember the commandment, and that you have chosen in life. You have to choose what grants a fuller, significant life, life that is comforting and to arrive at a choice that you can live with content.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Rise in Outsourcing & Freelance

With companies cutting costs left and right, outsourcing is on the rise and it is predicted to continue to rise. The rise includes both local outsourcing and offshoring. There have been many contributing factors to push companies towards this direction, but the most important one is the lower price tag. But it isn’t just the companies that have moved towards outsourcing. Many former in-house employees have chosen to freelance their services to companies rather than search for jobs in companies that have stopped hiring new employees.

The Advantages & Disadvantages for Freelancing

Freelance work is the only option for many people these days and it offers both advantages and disadvantages to the freelancers. Freelancing your work can provide you with a steady income. If you are skilled at what you do, chances are that your work will be in demand and you’ll be able to set your own prices based on your own skill. If you are good at what you do, you can pick and choose projects and work the hours that you want to.

On the other hand, if you are one among many skilled workers, you might find it difficult to maintain a steady income. You won’t be able to control your hours and decide when you will and will not work, because you’ll be too focused on being self-sufficient. And you won’t be able to be picky with your projects and companies that you work with, which might force you to do work that you have no interest in.

Working in an Outsourcing Firm

If you are worried about not having set hours or constant money flowing in, there’s always the option of working for an outsourcing firm. Outsourcing firms consist of an entire firm that provides outsourcing services. They hire people for both freelance and in-house work. Outsourcing firms offer services in almost every field, whether it be: Human Resources, Security, Consulting, Accounting, Writing, Computer Programming, Web Development, QA, Technical Support, and the list goes on.

Many companies would rather hire outsourcing firms which guarantee quality services for multiple tasks that the company wants completed, and all for a reasonable price. But that doesn't mean that individual freelancers aren't ready and willing to offer their services as well. In fact, it's possible to be part of an outsourcing firm and freelance on the side. As long as it isn't restricted in your contract, your options are wide open.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why Offshore Outsourcing?

It’s understandable why most companies are choosing to outsource much of their production & development these days. By using a third party to take care of the non-core components of your business, you’re saving both time and money, and you have the opportunity to focus on the core components of your business.

What is the difference between Offshore Outsourcing and Outsourcing?

Offshore Outsourcing is a more specific type of outsourcing in which the services that you contract outside of your business are literally off your shore, in a different country. Now, it’s one thing to outsource within your own country and another to outsource outside your own country. There are both benefits and disadvantages for Offshore Outsourcing.

Offshore Outsourcing is Everywhere

If your company is located in the United States and you sell computers, you’ll want to be able to produce the parts of the computers with the highest quality possible for the lowest price. There’s no doubt that if you were to manufacture your computers in China, it would be a fraction of the cost of manufacturing your computers in the U.S. Offshore outsourcing is just cheaper. That’s why every bowl or cup or t-shirt you look at has “Made in China” written on it. This is also why you end speaking to someone from India every time you call for technical support for a product you bought in the U.S.

Offshore Outsourcing & the Economy

Whether or not offshore outsourcing was an influential component that helped lead our economy into its current situation is debatable. For years Americans were screaming about the effects of closing down the U.S. factories and relocating them to China or Japan or South Korea.

It’s true that people in the U.S. lost their jobs because of offshore outsourcing, but on the other hand many people gained employment in developing countries because of the relocation of factories and services. And let’s not forget how much cheaper it is to outsource offshore. The quality isn’t negatively affected; in fact more often than not the quality of the products and services is better. And as the economy continues to decline, offshore outsourcing is only on the rise and for good reason; companies can’t afford not to use offshore outsourcing.

Remember, when people used to say that it’s not quantity that matters, it’s quality. What if you could have both quantity and quality? With offshore outsourcing you can.