Where is the best place to find freelance website developers with affordable rates?
We are a design agency that has been in business for the past 8 years. We are based in VA and NC, but serve clients all over the US. When we first began and up until about 1 year ago, it was mainly my husband and myself doing all the work. Now we have added more team members and are looking for good quality people to have on our sub contract list. Primarily right now I'm looking for simple HTML/CSS developers. I've looked into using Elance/Odesk and also Peopleperhour.com, but really I just want to have a list of people to go through and pick from them the best fit for us to have on hand for later. The problem with Elance and places like that is that I do not have an actual project yet. I just want to connect with people for future reference. Any suggestions on where to find these people that would be quality at an affordable price?
You may make connections right on this site itself, connect with me for mobile or web development. ;)
or use meetup groups to connect with developers of a particular technology in a particular area or area, linkedin, and these days even FB developers groups are good also.
Be friendly, and try to understand what is the real offering a dev company or team can offer you, besides a generic yes man approach that we service providers usually have for all the services. ;)
For example, in the area of mobile apps - out of 5 developer company - some must be more good at games, or some would be more in social media apps, some know cross platform more than native and so on. Make a matrix at your end on who does what part best, and utilize them when needed. See other factors like cost, quality, portfolio as must.
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Mindy, you aren't alone. I would recommend checking into the local colleges in your community. Students usually are committed to school and can't have full time jobs. Additionally, they are learning current topics and need the practice. Having a student on stand-by may be the right answer for you and they tend to charge little to do the work. Good luck.
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Based on your location it seems like you're near a wealth of tech folks. Try attending association meetings such as AFCEA - or look in Meetups for groups that hold learning sessions where you can hear speakers share their expertise in the areas that you're interested in. Plus, don't rule out Fiverr and Craigslist.
Mindy - sounds like you want to give a clear, specific brief to execute a design, rather than make allowances for 'creative developers' and coders. If my presumption is right, I would advise you to look a prototyping tool that you can use to quickly produce a mockup for a developer to implement/finish. Look at www.rapidmoon.com - its a web-based tool aimed at designers like yourselves and you do not need to know how to code to use it - it uses ready-made drag/drop components to create a prototype and it also generates clean html that you can export and send to a coder to finish. This way, (1) there is no confusion on what to do since there is already a design; (2) it minimises the to-and-fro that typically happens between design agencies and developers; (3) it can also save a heap of time/$. Good luck!
I would personally reach out in your local community to find resources like this. I found great Android and iOS developers for a few client projects recently doing this and the results were great.
I would also do a simple Google search for 'freelance web developers' or, if you are looking specifically for WordPress developers, 'freelance wordpress developers' and browse the results. Look at their work and testimonials. Make sure they have the skills. Their website should 'speak' to you. If you contacted them, then their website did it's job.
Best of luck. I hope connecting with the right people is a fun experience for you and your husband.
There are many online companies who are providing online freelancing services. So it becomes hard for a client to choose the best among all of them. From my point of view safe freelancer are the best in providing affordable and best services for their clients. and their url is safefreelancer.com. Do not rush for the Elance, Odesk etc.
Actually, I can help you. I own a software development company and we work with several organizations but do not charge the rates that go along with large development shops. Stay away from Odesk.............it will become a nightmare as it relates to development. Let me know if I can help you or if you would like to learn more.
I have a very reliable web developer who I use who may be interested in sub-contract work. He has been a developer for over 10 years and delivers quality work on a timely basis. PM me if you are interested.