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Do you have this brilliant software idea that you want to create before anyone else beat you to it? Are you looking for the developer who will help you do that? Then this article is for you! Being an entrepreneur means you’re in a constant race against time and competitors. You can’t afford spending too much time and money on development since you need to focus on other areas of your business as well! Therefore, wanting work to be efficient and effective is totally understandable. What you need to know is there are two ways to get your product fast and exactly how you want it to be.

1. You need to hire a professional developer.

2. You need to know how to approach your developer to facilitate their task.

In this article, I will take you through the fast and easy steps to follow to hiring the developer you need, and will give you suggestions that will enhance your client experience when dealing with web developers. This will help you both get the best perceivable outcome out of your collaboration, saving you time and money!

How To Hire the Right People?

There are different types of hiring platforms where you can find good developers. You can always find people through LinkedIn or offline through social contacts. However, it’s always better to systematize hiring, and that is why freelance marketplaces are a good place to track down experts. The best part is that they are contractors, so you neither have to provide social security nor get into the hassle of HR/employee affairs. I personally recommend three platforms:

1. Upwork

It has the highest number of talents and the best prices, but this also creates a lot of noise. I mean, you have to know how to differentiate between a good and bad developer. Here’s how you can do so:

1. Write a very detailed job description that includes the values and skills you are looking for in a developer. Trust me on this, a superior job description gets you the candidates you want.

2. When you start receiving applications, pay attention to the cover letters or the manner candidates reply to the job post.

3. If you feel it’s generic, then this is someone who did not even take the time to properly communicate with you.

4. Weed out people who have terrible English.

5. Weed out anyone who does not agree to a video interview.

6. Check their profile reviews and ratings. Reading reviews will help you get to know the person, recognize their weaknesses and expect how they might fail you.

7. This leaves you with 2 or 3 candidates so you can start your interviews. The number one rule is: Never directly hire the first person you interview. Go through all the shortlisted candidates and then take a decision.

8. Always trust your intuition. If something feels off, then it probably is.

9. Don’t hire someone you can’t afford to lose. Assume they do not deliver the project. Can you afford to lose the amount you’re paying them? If yes, then hire them. If not, hire someone at a lower budget that you can afford losing.

2. Toptal

It’s the place for Geeks! If you want to build a really complex software or webpage, then that’s the place to be. However, prices here can be really expensive. You will get a quality product, but for the price to be right, it’s preferable you hire someone from this platform for a very particular task instead of the whole project.

3. FreeeUp

This platform helps you skip the process of filtering applications and choosing candidates. FreeeUp directly presents you with the suitable candidates. The problem here is that you don’t necessarily find the skills you are looking for. Therefore, it’s better to use this platform if you’re looking for creative skills like video editors, graphic designers, virtual assistants, whose work is usually repetitive.

Why It’s Important To Hire the Right People?

You might have the greatest business idea out there! However, if it gets poorly executed, it loses its worth. When Elon Musk launched his start-up project to go to Mars, stocks skyrocketed even before he presented the mere possibility of taking people to Mars. That is simply because people simply trusted him as a successful entrepreneur. Same goes to your team or the professionals working on your project. The team you surround yourself with can make or break your business. Having the right developers is crucial. Whether you are building a website or a creating software, no matter your marketing strategies, the lined-up investors, the hype you have on media platforms, if your software does not function properly, you’ll get nothing out of it.

Now that you hired the web developer you need, let me give you suggestions on how to be efficient with your developer:

How To Deal With The Developer You Hire

1- Be So Specific To Leave No Room For Interpretation

“I want to create an invoicing system for my company’s website”.

“Very well, but what exactly do you need to include in this payment system?”

Does this dialogue sound familiar? If that’s the context in which you’re requesting a task from your developer, then you’re doing it the wrong way. Web developers use code to turn a web design created by a client or designer into a website. This takes certain specialization, expertise and time. Therefore, you should be specific and leave no room for interpretation:

• Describe the goal of your project. It will give the developer an idea of what you want to achieve and will enable them to suggest specific solutions.

• Give them very specific feature requests.

• Describe the content structure or site map you imagine. Tell them exactly what you want to include.

• Functionality of your website/app. Explain how you want some parts of your project to function.

• If for instance you want a payment system that helps you build your clients database, you have to keep in mind that web developers are not accountants and have never worked with invoicing systems.

• Take your developer through the steps you want to see on your website’s payment page: If you’re asking them for an invoicing system for your company’s website, here’s what you need to say:

“I want to create an invoicing system for my company’s website where I’ll be able to create new entries, which include information like clients’ name, price, and purchase. I want clients to be able to send it via email, and once online, they should be able to pay through PayPal or Stripe.”

Notice how you identified what you really want?

2- Hire A Designer

Even better, do you know what would really facilitate a developer’s job?

Hire a designer!

Let them be in charge of designing the page properly so that the developer does his job coding the design with no need for interpretation. Design comes first because it lays out the foundation of what a developer needs to do and gives them direction. For more complex projects, even a design is not enough.

You need to provide your developer with a clear technical specifications document, which explains in thorough detail the exact requirements of the software. This can be written by either the client or developer. I know you are probably unfamiliar with development techniques but that’s exactly the point! It’s important you do your research and understand what you specifically need so you can explain to your developer your technical requirements as mentioned in the previous point.

3- Do Your Research

As a client, it’s better you do research beforehand on the requirements of the project. That way, you can approach the developer with a more informed angle, helping him pick the right tool for the project. Saying “I want to make an app using Flutter” is much more helpful than “I want to make a mobile app for Android and IOS”. You will avoid spending on solutions such as developing using native code or on a non-expandable architecture that might not perfectly fit the project requirements on the long run.

Being knowledgeable about the tools your developer will use will also save you time and money in the future because if you want a complex website and they use the wrong code, it might not be able to handle the business expandability in the future, such as 10,000 concurrent users for example. Then they’ll have to write the code all over again and you’ll have to pay twice!

Meanwhile, you will lose the first mover advantage and competitors might even snatch up your niche. This can easily be prevented if you do a proper research before addressing developers.

4-Trust Your Developer’s Expertise 

Assuming You Hired The Right One

“A lot of people I know used

WordPress for their websites, so I’d rather use it too.”

Some clients insist on using WordPress because it sounds easy and common. Although it is indeed a common platform to create websites, the choice of platforms depends on the complexity of the website. High traffic websites need more advanced platforms like Laravel for web apps. PHP is common among developers so you can easily find a lot of experts. While Python or other languages are always available, there are less experts in the field, so they eventually get to charge more. Keep in mind that once you start with WordPress, it’s very hard to change the website’s platform. So, trust that your developer knows which platform to use based on the complexity of your website requirements.

It also usually all depends on your budget. If you are on a tight budget, your developer will suggest WordPress and work accordingly. However, if you allocated a good budget for the project, did your market research and are confident your idea works, then spending a few thousand bucks on building an app pays off in the long run. Just be sure to hire a professional!

To sum things up, get your technical infrastructure in place, hire the right people, know exactly how to approach them, and you’ll get the product you worked hard for. A digital project is a long-term investment and it’s worth spending the time and effort in the now, for its success in the future.