There seems to be a recent shift away from working with designers and developers who are national. The perception seems to be from the belief that there is somehow more control over a local source.
Exposing the Myth that Using a Local Web Designer or Developer is Somehow Advantageous
With today’s cell phones you can talk to anyone at your convenience, and you can easily pass information, images, videos, and documents with mobile devices 24 hours a day.
Consider the full-service ad agencies across the country. They have sales people wherever they find a need to fulfill. Before the internet, FedEx was relied on heavily for that reason. Ad agencies may have several locations but for the purpose of production that has become unnecessary over recent years. They have to charge premium rates to cover that entire overhead even if your needs do not require all the services a full-service agency provides.
Now the customer’s perception is that all work is completed at the agency. But there are others involved when there are busier times than usual; the agencies rely on freelancers and contractors to fulfill their needs. Today these specialists may be across town, in another state, region, or in another country. Where they are is less important than whether the sources are reputable or not.
If your business is growing and you want to attract business from more areas, you don’t necessarily care where the clients are from, so why would you care where your website designers are located as long as they are good, reputable people?
Everything is connected with today’s electronics. If you were in another location for a day or a week, would you stall the production of your website just because you were out of town?
The bottom line is there is a better talent pool from the national companies as opposed to staying local; you have more choices nationally. Use more of the higher quality talent available and find reputable sources from small, nimble, national-based businesses. They provide faster services at lower cost with high-quality talent and resources.