Web Programmer For Hire – Am I Talking About YOU?
Good web programmers are and have always been difficult to come across. I’ve encountered a number of programmers in the past 18 years of web development and I can honestly say that not one has really met the standards I aspire to.
Today I’m at a crossroads. Do I continue as a freelance web programmer and forgo the benefits of sunlight for the foreseeable future, or do I place my trust in others and search for like minded individuals to complete the never ending list of jobs I seem to have?
It’s a no brainer really. It’s time to hire a web programmer or two to share the workload.
Today I develop most of my websites using a combination of PHP/MySQL, using a WordPress backend to perform routine CMS functions and I’m looking for programmers who can not only utilise these three elements, but someone who can completely transform the way a site operates when using them.
I need people who can not only complete simple tasks such as theming and creating custom post types, but who also have the ability to modify the WordPress Dashboard to the point where it’s unrecognisable from the default Dashboard. I need people who know WordPress inside out and don’t leave a legacy mess when future WordPress updates arrive.
Do this sound like you? If so, here are just a few of the things I’ll be asking when considering you as my web programmer based upon expectations I’d place on myself.
1. Are you an experienced web programmer?
If you’re an experienced programmer you should have a portfolio of quality work to support this and testimonials to match. You shouldn’t be afraid of being tested in every area you claim to excel in (PHP/MySQL/WordPress).
2. Do you work well as part of a team? Are you accountable for your programming work?
You’ll be working alongside me, but also off your own initiative with quite a bit of responsibility attached. You’ll need to work well with others and be able to understand concise instructions to deliver the best possible results to clients. My company has developed a quality relationship with over 250 clients and I don’t intend to make life difficult for any of them.
3. Can you communicate well? Are your contact lines always open when possible?
I need a programmer who speaks fluent English, but more importantly they need to be available and contactable as easily as possible via email, SMS, telephone or other methods such as Skype. Response time is often critical with so many clients, so lines of communication need to be open whenever possible.
4. Can you develop your own solutions rather than relying on pre-existing ones?
I truly believe that the key to a successful programmer is the ability to look outside of the commonly accepted best practices in the industry. Simplification and improvement should always be paramount and I’m always looking for ways to make the very best better.
If you can answer YES to all of those questions, I’m already interested in hiring you as a web programmer. If you’re interested in a steady stream of programming jobs, please visit my contact page and provide the following information in the message box:
1. Your location and typical days/hours available each week.
2. Your hourly rate in US Dollars or English Pounds.
3. Your experience level and examples of past websites or work (including your own site if you have one)
4. Additional contact details: Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Skype or any other methods you utilise.
5. Anything else that you think is important and will give you the edge over others. At the end of the day all I really need to know is the answer to one question.
Why should I choose you as my web programmer?
Let me know, and hopefully we’ll have a long standing and fruitful relationship together. Thank you for your interest.