Top tips for hiring a freelance programmer
Outsourcing has provided an extremely effective solution for a lot of demands of the software world. Budget constraints, lack of manpower, beating deadlines and getting the desired results are just a few. It has survived the growing industry of codes and scripts by keeping its downside on the down low while delivering overwhelming performance to buyers and providers. The need for freelance programmers is often driven by small businesses that require certain features on their website or applications that cater directly to their demographic.
A small percentage of medium and large scale companies look into hiring freelance programmers to develop or manage their computer systems for reasons that they can afford to hire a full time employee and having security of accountability. When hiring a freelance programmer, first have a clear vision of the project. Determine all factors that would affect the output of the job. Put yourself in the position of the user of the website or the software and empathize with all possible backgrounds the users may have. They are the ones who are going to use the software you are trying to sell, if you’re going to use it yourself, then you should know what you want. Set the scope and limitations of the features that are included with the software. Build a working time line and make check points of what needs to be accomplished and ensure that milestone and deadlines are set.
Collect and select applicants efficiently. Posting a job online for freelance programmers is an easy task. There are a lot of websites to post such projects, particularly freelance marketplaces like oDesk, vWorker, Elance and many more. You can search for other suitable freelance websites to outsource your project using our freelance marketplace search feature or browse our directory of freelance marketplaces here.
Having the backbone of your project at hand, translate the features into a concise project description with all of the important tasks highlighted so programmers would understand your needs right away. The challenge of selecting the best programmer for you is not a walk in the clouds. There will be a lot of applicants and you’d need to find the right one. Take your time. Hiring the cheapest bidder is like giving your money to a beggar, you can only hope they use it the right way. Often times the bidding price will be similar for a lot of applicants. This is where the elimination process takes place. The best way is to find someone who specializes on the job. When you get several, then check the credentials, experience and certifications. When you have narr owed your options to four or five, proceed with the interview. Ask what could be the possible issues with the project and how they would be able to provide a solution for it. Be wary of people who know an awful lot of programming platforms and languages. It means they’re capable of a lot of things and maybe multitasking too much. This is the time to check the feedback corner and read other buyer’s experience with the provider. These are often honest remarks and should be valued accordingly.
As the buyer you need to manage the direction of the project. Use your timeline to update the programmer’s progress. Most programmers are not focused on the aesthetic side of the project since their job is to make sure the code runs as it should, when it should. To save yourself from hiring more people for the layout, you can use templates (for websites) and models for software applications.
Always do extensive tests and debugging if the need arises. Do not dismiss the programmer if all of the issues have not been corrected. Make sure you include this on your timeline as well.
The final key to transforming your vision into reality is to communicate effectively. Keep all channels of communication with your programmer open so you a’re able to monitor and receive input about the project. Maintain a positive relationship and surely your experience with freelancer programmers will be worth it.