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Hiring freelancers to develop website.but.
How exactly does hiring them work?

 4:13 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am thinking of hiring freelancers to develop my website.

I already have the website planned out: I know how the site should look like, what it should be able to do.
However, I do not know how you actually hire professionals to do this. Will I have to hire a designer to design the look of the website? Then hire a programmer to work on the functionality of the website? If this is so - how do put the two together? Will I have to delegate what the programmer is saying to the designer and vice versa? Or should they just work it out on their own?

I think I will be using elance.com to find my lancers...or is there a better place to go to?



 4:51 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

There are many options and it greatly depends upon how much of your business you want to protect. Outsources does, to an extent, rely heavy on trust in someone or a group of people you have never met. eLance is a good start, and there are many others that you can use. I went with a company overseas and hired an entire team ... programmer, content researcher, two SEOs, a designer, and they threw in a project manager. They all work in the same office and communication has been great. Look for a setup like that, as I am very happy with it.



 8:13 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Think you have to do a lot more research...

This is like saying, "I want to start a widget company. I know just what I want my widgets to do and what they should look like. Do I have to hire a crew of factory workers, foreman, salespeople, engineers, marketing people, and bookkeepers? How do I put all these people together? Or will it just work out?"

Starting by hiring freelancers to do the various parts that you imagine need to be done... is starting at the wrong end of the horse! ;)


 8:13 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

But that seems like it would cost a lot. This website is not going to be very large or represent anything large. It is merely for my own interest a small profit. So, to hire such a team would be disastrous to my small wallet. There is definitely not much to protect, only the idea of the website.

I was just thinking, do web developers also deal with the programming/graphics/design of the website? If not, I guess I must hire a group of web technicians to help.


 8:15 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Given your circumstances, and that (I'll trust you on this...) it is a small project, I think you should do it all yourself.

Even if you have little interest in many of the tasks involved, it will be helpful to know what is involved in each task. This will help you GREATLY in hiring people on future projects.


 2:22 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ahhh..I was afraid you were going to say that. Alright fine, I'll do it myself.

Thanks for all the replies.

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