By false savings I mean things that look like a good deal, but in the end they cost you a lot. False savings can be anything such as poor deals or using cheap labor just to notice that the level of quality is far from satisfactory. Here’s another example for making false savings: Not spending $5,000 on proper tools, but then wasting $50,000 (and lots of time) to hire a clueless guy.
That’s pretty common I think. Companies might be hesitant to get external consultant or perhaps hire an “expensive” short-term help, because they think it will be “too expensive”. Then they continue working the old ways, using the old tools just to realize they might have saved a lots of time by hiring somebody to aid them.
Many indies are also guilty of doing false savings. For example, they are hesitant to spend $100 to buying some art assets. Instead, they learn from the net (since it free, and ebooks might cost like $20 – after all, that’s like 4 meals at McDonalds) and spent months on learning how to do art. Then the worst element of the equation is that they work part time. Wouldn’t it make more sense to simply do one week more for contract work, and then use the salary to purchase those assets? It would have saved them a lots of time – and money in a long run.
How about you, are you making false savings?