What Every Business Should Know About Hiring Freelance Developers

office-625892_960_720Our “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.

2 Great Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day More (Even if You’re Single or Cynical!)

98171915_b07b308a32_oSome people are so excited about Valentine’s Day, and are already making romantic plans, and that’s fantastic. The world needs more love. But others, especially those who are single, don’t give a hoot and think it is all too gooey and sentimental. Then there those who have had bad experiences with Cupid and don’t want to risk repeating those. According to an article published last year in Psychology Today, for instance, Valentine’s Day can even set people up for serious disappointment, the same way people feel bad if they make New Year’s resolutions they don’t keep. They set romantic expectations so high that it’s impossible to meet them, despite all the roses and chocolate. But before you get too bummed-out or cynical about all that, there are ways to turn it all around and make relationships thrive while also having tons of fun on Valentine’s – just by cooking up some amazing recipes.

Valentine’s Day Recipes & More!

If you want to prepare a lovely meal for the love of your life, or if you just want to add some great recipes to your repertoire, check on the book available for free on Free-eBooks.net, called “Valentine’s Day Recipes.” This ebook (https://www.free-ebooks.net/ebook/Valentine-s-Day-Recipes-More) offers more than 100 delicious and visually-appealing recipes, especially for Valentine’s Day.

The dessert section is where many Valentine’s Day reader go first, and those aren’t just recipes for candy hearts, either. There is an ambrosia cake, a chocolate cheese cake, a blackberry wine cake, and a recipe for tiramisu. You’ll discover great ideas for making everything from breakfast dishes to dinner entrees– as well as drink recipes like “Fireside Punch,” “Valentine’s Day on the Rocks,” and “Rum Cream.” There is a recipe for Valentine’s Day French Toast, for Caviar Kisses, a for salmon steaks with cucumber dill sauce, and even a unique recipe for Cornish hen and one for bacon and oysters – which are believed to have an aphrodisiac effect.

 

Speaking of aphrodisiacs, the book explains how the son of Aphrodite – from whose name the word “aphrodisiac” dervives – gave birth to Eros, who was also known as Cupid. In Roman and

Greek mythology  Cupid is always a rather handsome youth, never a plump baby with wings, and he carries a bow with a quiver of arrows. Oftentimes his mother, Aphrodite  – who is also known as Venus – would send her son out to shoot people with his arrows to make them fall in love. No wonder the Latin word “cupid” means “desire.” In addition to those romantic tidbits, readers can also learn about essential oils and love potions, and get some helpful tips for shopping for special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Fall In Love with Yourself All Over Again!

One of the ways that everyone – whether you are dating, in a committed relationship, or single – should observe Cupid Day is by loving themselves on a deeper, more meaningful level. Doing that naturally enhances your self-esteem, confidence, and happiness, while it also strengthens and enhances every other relationship you have. That can be profoundly inspiring and life-changing. There is a new book that lays out a game plan, too, that really works to cure you of toxic habits while showing you how to embrace healthy ones.

“The Habit Fix: The New Habit Guide to Getting Happy and Healthy in 7 Simple Steps,” is an e-book that was released just in time for Valentine’s Day, and it is available on Amazon.com. It helps readers celebrate falling in love with themselves through positive transformation without any of the self-help hype. Giadone emphasizes the fun factor, because pleasure is such a strong and effective natural motivator. Deeply-ingrained habits are extremely hard to break, she says, because people still love, enjoy, and crave those unwanted behaviors, even though they know they are toxic. But she offers a positive alternative and proactive solution that anyone can easily follow to succeed without austerity, drudgery, boredom, or pain.

Within days of its release, the unique book had garnered about two dozen 5-star reviews and was ranked within the coveted “Amazon Top 20” – rising to the rank of #6 in the category of “Hot New Releases” and #14 overall for the Self-Help and Self-Esteem genre. Here’s the really good news. For a limited time only, from February 10th through the 14th, Giadone is giving the book away absolutely free. All you have to do to claim your copy is go to Amazon, find the book, and download it free of charge. You also don’t even need a Kindle, because Amazon has a free app that lets you read e-books on virtually any device.

Interestingly enough, Giadone is actually a world-renowned professional singer/songwriter and musician, who has performed on international stages and made appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. She’s issued about a dozen record albums to critical acclaim, with praise from Rolling Stone Magazine and Time Magazine. Songs of hers have been used in Disney movies, TV shows, and on Hollywood film soundtracks, and she and her band play packed venues five nights a week in Nashville, Tennessee.  Giadone wrote “The Habit Fix” as a practical, easy-to-implement action plan to transform body, mind, and heart, because when she sought that kind of self-help book she could not find one. Her unique process is intentionally designed to deliver results that last but don’t require a huge investment of time and brainpower. It is action-oriented and doesn’t make grand promises of overnight success. What the “The Habit Fix” does is target seven key areas of one’s life with seven highly effective methods of personal growth that have brought profound improvement and success to thousands. The key is to learn to love the new habit and all of its benefits  more than the old one, she believes. Then you’ll automatically succeed!

The 10 Most Popular Books of 2015

Magical Technology of e-BooksBook lovers had plenty to celebrate in 2015, because it was a banner year for best sellers and great reads in lots of different genres. E-books that made the list of top reads in 2015 included everything from children’s books to military histories and from gripping nonfiction stories to darkly mysterious fiction novels. In case you missed out on the pleasure of these books, here is list  of some of the most popular titles you may want to add to your current reading list.

  • The top three, published by Penguin Random House, are Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand; Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty; and Gone Girl: A Novel, by Gillian Flynn.

 

  • The next top-ranked book, which also spawned a blockbuster Hollywood movie, was American Sniper, the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.

 

  • Next is the novel All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, followed by the adventurous memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. That book also led to an award-winning movie that starred Reese Witherspoon.

The books Divergent, by Veronica Roth; The Maze Runner by James Dashner; and Dark Places: A Novel – another book penned by Gillian Flynn – help to round out the list of the Top 10 Best Sellers of 2015. Number 10 on this list – The Pact by Karina Halle – was, in fact, a self-published book. That was virtually never heard of in the days before e-book technology, but e-books are a simple, inexpensive, and direct way for both emerging and established authors to self-publish books that have the potential to sell millions of copies all around the world.

A Good Month for Book Bargains

The price of e-book best sellers appeared to drop off by about as much as 30% during the post-holiday sales period, too. Book sellers tend to jettison much of their inventory that’s left over from the holiday season during the first month or two of the new year, so if you act now you may be able to pick up many of the most popular e-books of 2015 at a substantial discount.

What is really fascinating to consider is that you can take all of the lists of 2015’s most popular titles and build a personal library out of e-book versions of each one, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy those books in print. Another phenomenal aspect of e-books is that they reduce the weight load in your backpack while simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint to help conserve natural resources like trees.

The Emergence of the Stick Library

Never before in history has it been possible to carry an entire library, with hundreds of volumes of books, right in the palm of your hand or your pocket. But that’s easy now, and highly affordable. The e-Go! Portable Library, which was created by Free-Ebooks.net, was one of the most remarkable e-book innovations of recent years, because it lets you store an entire library of e-books on a small USB stick. The libraries are sent to you with free worldwide shipping included, and come in a variety of different styles. There is also a 100% money back guarantee, making this a completely risk-free opportunity to buy an e-GO! Library preloaded, with 1,000 of the world’s most popular books. You can also purchase an Audio Library version, which contains about 2,000 hours of listening with some 550 classic titles read aloud to you. For kids, there is even a special children’s book version. For the price of a handful of printed books, in other words, you can acquire thousands of e-books that you can carry around in your pocket and share with anyone you want.

The E-Book 2015 Year in Review

ForTheLoveOfBooksThere were a number of notable developments and news items in the world of e-books during 2015, and here is a recap that highlights some of the more significant stories of the year.

Starting the Year with a Celebration

The year began with a digital publishing awards ceremony hosted at the glitzy Hilton Midtown Hotel in NYC, and winners included the books Chinese Whispers and The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains in the adult fiction category. Top honors in nonfiction went to titles including two fashion-related books, Women in Clothes and Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl’s Budget.

At the end of the year – putting a bookend, if you will, on the year’s e-book accolades and awards – Amazon.com also released it list of the best-selling titles on its global bookstore website. The  books included e-books such as The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, by E.L. James; and Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee.

News from the UK

In Britain e-book headlines were made when a study found that the sales of conventional print and paper books have fallen significantly during the past few years, while the sales and popularity of e-books has done just the opposite. Sales of e-books during 2015 approximately doubled, in fact, confirming what many e-book fans have known for a long time – that e-books are the way of the future.

What may have been more intriguing, however, was that the popular British TV series, Broadchurch, did something innovative and previously never tried before, when it promoted its show through e-books. The TV producers let fans of the show download stories – complete with unique plot twists and colorful characters – in e-book format. That way those who followed the show on television could also read additional content between TV episodes, adding special layers of excitement and interest to the unfolding Broadchurch story.

Most Popular E-Reader Devices

The Kindle Voyage was actually released right before the holiday shopping season at the end of 2014, but it still stole headlines all through the 2015 year as an elite product in the e-reader niche. The e-read set sail with strong sales thanks to being the most lightweight touch screen Kindle ever, with the best resolution ever seen on a Kindle – plus enhanced lighting and features like dedicated page-turn buttons. Meanwhile the Kindle Paperwhite continued it reign as the most affordable top-notch e-reader, with an HD screen and a great price for all of its features. The price – even without considering special sales or other discounts that are often available – is right around $120.

The Barnes and Noble Nook made news in a different way in 2015, as it fell out of favor and became less popular that e-readers from competitors like Amazon. But the Nook Glow Light, priced about the same as the Kindle Paperwhite, did get great reviews as an ad-free e-reader with excellent e-ink. The reviewers at CNET, for instance, consider it one of the top e-readers on the market – despite the fact that Barnes and Noble is facing headwinds in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

E-Books for Low-Income Students

The e-book universe was not all about book publishers and e-reader manufacturers competing to make a profit, though, because the Obama Administration launched a $250 million initiative to provide low-income kids with free e-books. The  project launched in 2015 is part of a greater program called ConnectEd, which is intended to promote education across the USA by taking advantage of digital technology and Internet connectivity.

President Obama announced that through this program millions of books will now be available to students all over the USA, free of charge, and that the titles can be accessed easily – 24 hours a day – via the Internet. Obama went so far as to say that electronic downloading is “the best way” to read and learn in the digital age. Publishing partners who are helping to support this access to books include some of the biggest in the world, such as Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random.

E-Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide

holidayThe year-end holiday season is here, and it’s a season of giving. Whether you are buying a Hanukkah gift, a Christmas present, or a gift for Kwanzaa or New Year’s, e-books are an excellent choice for the readers on your list. Here’s a handy gift guide to help you with your shopping list, which includes some of the best gift ideas for readers.

Personal “Stick” Library

The e-Go! Portable Library is one of those fabulous book lover holiday gifts that will make a huge impression because anyone who receives it will probably use it for the rest of their life. They will also likely be surprised by it, because although the portable libraries are wildly popular, many people have still never heard of them.

In case you don’t yet know, these are e-book libraries contained on a USB stick, those little computer memory devices that are also called thumb drives because they are about as small as a thumb. They are light as feather and compatible with virtually any e-book reading device that has a USB port – including tablets, laptops, and desk top computers. There are a few versions of these libraries available, from as little as $49.97, and all of them come with a 100% money back guarantee and free worldwide shipping.

The e-GO! Library is preloaded, with 1,000 of today’s most read book, or you can order the e-GO! Audio Library featuring nearly 2,000 hours of listening pleasure with 550 classic titles read to you. There is an e-GO! KIDS Library, too, which is the ultimate stocking stuffer. Kids don’t need the Internet or Wi-Fi to access more 125 audio books plus 75 classic children’s book, like Alice in Wonderland, The 3 Musketeers, and Treasure Island.

Christmas e-Books

If there was ever a holiday that is depicted in literature, it’s Christmas. There are Christmas stories that date back centuries, like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s about a grouchy and stingy old man named Scrooge nobody liked who underwent a beautiful transformation – and become soft-hearted and generous – thanks to his Christmas experience.

You can download it free on Free-eBooks. net, and while on the site check out a great book for children, The Big Book of Classic Christmas Tales. It’s a treasure trove of stories that children will love about the joys and surprises of Christmas. Two of the great classics in it, for example, are Christmas at Fezziwig’s Warehouse, another Charles Dickens favorite, and The Fir Tree by the world-renowned author Hans Christian Andersen.

Hanukkah e-Books

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday lasting for eight days, that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated all over the world with the burning of candles in the traditional candlestick known as a Menorah.

Throughout Hanukkah people of all ages gather to enjoy each other’s companionship and engage in lots of feasting, gift-giving, and other fun centered around prayer and lifting up of everyone’s spirits. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah is a wonderful little children’s book by Norman Bridwell, available on Amazon as a Kindle book, that will teach kids all about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Amazon Top Sellers

Each year Amazon.com, which is the world’s largest bookstore, compiles data on bestselling titles and then release a list in December than shows all of them, ranked by popularity. Most of them are available as e-books from the Kindle Store. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins won the coveted top spot, followed by a book that is like a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, namely Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James.

The #3 book on the list this year, Go Set a Watchman,  is from the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. while perennial favorite John Grisham and super-popular author Nora Roberts also made the list. Grisham’s book Rogue Lawyer took 7th place, while the Roberts novel The Liar came in 16th. Other noteworthy e-books in the Top 20 are The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Dead Wake, Silent Scream, 14th Deadly Sin, and Old School: Diary of a Wimpy Kid.