I agree with this statement. All of us developers had access to the code, we could have done whatever we wanted, but we didn't. We were there to do something we enjoy, programming.
How should a guy like me find developers like yourself and your co-workers? LinkedIn maybe? eLance and hope for the best?
In 2009 I started my own e-commerce web site selling products. I have worked on many e-commerce web sites and decided I would create my own and sell products. I'm very familiar with our dedicated server, code, source control, database, etc..etc.. since I'm the one who set it all up.
This is one of the things that concerns me. Any of my developers could decide they'd like to become my competitor. It wouldn't be legal for them to use my code, but what's really stopping them?
If I were to start handing over some of the IT work that was involved with the web site, I would look for a 1099 contractor that would be able to dedicate the needed time to my web site.
I would start the contractor off on a small project and see how he/she does. I would go over the framework of the web site and show them the ropes.
After they have completed their first project, they would check in their code, I could review it etc..etc..
You would give the new developer full access to your code from the beginning?
[edited by: Tonearm at 9:07 am (utc) on Apr 3, 2012]