Our “Computer & Internet” category here are Free-eBooks.net had been generating of interests these days. New business owners, entrepreneurs or those looking to learn new skills are flocking to this eBook collection which includes plenty of guides, courses and how-to tutorials.
However, wed development is serious business and not everyone has the resources to learn these skills. So if you’ve been browsing our catalogue, but perhaps thing it might be best to hire a pro, this quick guide will show you how to find the best person for your job!
Questions. Hiring freelancer developers isn’t always straight forward. Knowing what to look for in a developer, and how to integrate them into your team, takes some practice. At the end of the day, there are a lot of questions to consider: is talent more important than particular skills? How many developers should you hire at once? How do you even find developers? While these guidelines might not always have the answer, they’re definitely a good starting place for people in the market to hire some new freelance talent.
Get a real freelancer. Unless you have a budget of zero, don’t use your friend’s old roommate who majored in computer science. Make sure you’re getting a professional you can rely on, rather than an acquaintance who’s willing to do you a quick favor. It’s absolutely vital that you pick someone with work experience, preferably in a relevant field.
Browse some hiring websites. It’s not the 80’s. It’s not even the 90’s. You don’t have to hope you’ll find a talented developer at the same bar or on the subway; there are plenty of efficient, user-friendly websites that will do the grunt work for you. While most of them have a surcharge, it’s definitely worth a few extra bucks to get your project done well. The alternative is hiring the wrong developer and not making any money because your product never got off the ground.
If you’re on a low budget, consider Rent a Coder, which lets you post a project for free and then has coders bid for the lowest fee. The site can be a bit clunky, and there’s no quality assurance, so if you need a top-notch developer and are willing to spend a bit more, try Toptal, which has its own intense screening system for weeding out subpar developers so that you don’t waste any time.
Know what you’re looking for. You don’t need to know how to code your app to know what you want a developer to do. While you don’t have to lay out every single detail, you should have a pretty clear sketch of what your product is going to look like and how it’s going to work. While it’s always good to get feedback from experienced developers, don’t make them guess what you want from them. That won’t end well for you and your unpreparedness is likely to drive high quality developers away.
Go multidimensional. A developer with only a single skill won’t be much help unless you know precisely what you’re going to ask them to do. Unless you’re really desperate, try to hire a developer with a good balance of relevant skills that will ensure they’re able to carry out all the specifics of the project without calling in backup.
Check the fit. Yes, freelancers often work remotely, but you’re still going to have to interact with them through email, video chats, texts, and potentially in-person meetings. The last thing you want is a developer you or your colleagues can’t stand. No matter how talented they are, you won’t want to work with them, and neither of you will perform at your best. Do everyone involved a favor and weigh potential freelancers’ personality and work habits along with their skills and talents.
Slow it down. You don’t need a developer tomorrow (if you do, you probably budgeted your time poorly and should plan better next time). Take the necessary time to make sure you’re hiring the best person for your project; if you need, interview multiple candidates, or even assign a couple of developers to some easier tasks to see whose work you like best (though you should pay them for this). If you’re too quick on the draw, you run the risk of finding out that the software engineer you passed over actually was a great fit, and that the one you hired instead ended up being a dud.
Give them a challenge. Good developers like software engineering because it’s challenging, complex, and dynamic. Don’t be afraid to give your freelancers a tough project, as long as it’s not completely impossible. Freelance developers tend to gravitate towards the work they find most enjoyable, and nothing’s more enjoyable than a difficult but fulfilling task. The same goes for interviews: use hiring guides to make sure you’re posing thoughtful and thought-provoking questions about their work.
Communicate, but don’t hover. Make sure that you’re checking in regularly with your freelance developers to see how they’re progressing, and to see whether there are changes you’d like to make to your product now that some of its components have been built. At the same time, don’t be a helicopter parent: if you’re checking in with them every hour and demanding constant progress updates, they’re not going to want to work for you again, and they’ll advise other developers not to as well.
Ultimately, there are times when some of these rules need to get broken, or even bent — if you’re in a last minute sprint for the finish line, you might have to hire developers quickly; if you find someone who’s a Python genius and for some reason you only need someone to work in Python, hire them — but make sure you’re considering these guidelines next time you’re planning on hiring a freelance developer.