Mar 23

Outsourcing, A Magical Unicorn…

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 in General Tips, Web Design

In today’s world when it comes to technology outsourcing is an inevitable option. At first I was a bit skeptical, I heard good things about outsourcing, but I also heard a lot more horrendous stories about how outsourced projects would only be 50% completed and the company or coders on the job was non responsive and not as competent as they led you to believe. I have a relative who recommended RentACoder.com (A place to post a job and company’s/coders will bid on your project) at first this was the last direction I wanted to take, but after having my back in a corner I posted my job just to see how the process works (no strings attached). After finding out that you can view the bidders work history and read reviews past clients have posted I began to drop my walls and thought, maybe this will work out. I immediately set some guidelines:

  1. The coder had to have a rating of at least 9 out of 10.
  2. The coder had to have at least worked for 30 clients.

After a few days passed I narrowed my bidders down to about 5 coders I was interested in (watch out for the, I’ll do it for dirt cheap no question asked guys). I went with the user ‘MOJO Coder’ also known as Josh over at ibot.tv. I went with Josh because he met my guidelines and had the most experience in my particular project. After locking all the funds in escrow (including Josh’s 20% down to insure his performance) work began and Josh was a dream come true. He was that magical unicorn galloping off in the distance coming my way to save me from the code monster…

Through the entire process Josh was EXTREMELY attentive and always there to answer questions, give great suggestions, and complete the work above and beyond reasonable expectations. If you are looking for PHP coding and more specifically WordPress back end customization look no further, Josh is you man (or white magical unicorn…) check out ibot.tv for more info.

So next time you need work done don’t hesitate to outsource, just make sure you do your research on who you are hiring.

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