Where to Find Freelance Web Developers
You can hire freelance web developers to build new websites or make changes to websites already built. Once you have a website built, you eventually need website maintenance and possibly more website development.
Some web development companies may deliver a new website, and that’s it. They don’t provide ongoing support and or maintenance. Maybe you weren’t thrilled with their work and its time to move on to find someone new for web development services. Often I hear where a client’s web developer simply “disappeared” and left them hanging.
Finding a web developer to take over a project can be a challenge. Where do you start?
Web Development Company or Freelancer?
Hiring a web development company or an independent freelance web developer depends on your budget, project requirements, and if you want to work with someone locally or remotely.
If meeting face to face with whom you hire is a requirement, you will want to find a local web development company. Start searching local directories like Yelp, or include your city name in a Google search.
Hiring an independent website developer is a good option for ongoing “piecemeal” work on your website once its built. But where do you find one?
Freelance Job Boards
There are many freelance job boards out there with tens of thousands of “wanna be” and experienced web developers waiting to be hired. Taking the time to sort through all the bids on these boards can be time consuming. My experience these days with boards like Freelancer.com are they are inundated with auto posting spam bids that make it impossible to find a qualified freelancer to do the work. Within a minute of posting a job you may have a hundred bids, all claiming they understand the project requirements are the best web developer to hire for the job.
Another options is to simply Google what you are looking for.
Most likely you came to this page by searching Google on where to find a web developer online.
If you are developing a small to mid size website, or need new website development on an existing website or simply ongoing maintenance or website support, I may be the perfect solution for you.
Projects of this size do not require a full time in house web developer. I am available to do web programming on an as needed basis. Once the project is complete you may need website maintenance or SEO services, but these tasks only require part time dedication on smaller websites.
Consider the following when trying to find a web developer to work on your website.
The Size and Timeline of your Website Project
The size of your website will determine if you should be looking for a web development company with a team of developers, or if a individual or freelance web developer will be sufficient. If a larger project and timeline is an issue, then working with a team of web developers may make more sense.
Your Website Budget
Your budget will play a role in what type of web developer you are looking for. Most likely a web development company is going to charge higher fees than a web developer hired as a contractor. Hiring overseas will most likely cost significantly less. Companies tend to charge a minimum hour per month commitment, where freelancers tend to charge per project.
Do you feel most comfortable meeting in person, speaking on the phone or corresponding over email about your project? Geographic location of your web developer will play a factor if you must meet face to face. Timezone differences and language barriers need be considered if you hire overseas.
Use Available Technology
The website development industry is still relatively new and a specialized market. This makes typical ways of finding a professional resource like recognizing a brand name, or asking people for referrals a challenge.
Search engines are great starting point if you want to find an individual’s freelance web site for someone local, or have them work remotely from anywhere for you.
There are numerous directories to start your search like, Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yelp and social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.
There are numerous online job board website that cater to companies and freelancers world wide. (Wading through these can be a time consuming effort though. Comparing it to posting a job in the news paper and getting 100 resumes in 5 minutes. Most of this is automated junk. The provider has not even read your job description. )
Simply Googling “freelance web programmer” and you will find a experienced web developer that offers professional web development services. I can also help you get found at the top of search engine results too . : )
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