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?
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.
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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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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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