Tips to hire a web developer freelancer

For any business, large or small, it’s important to have an online presence in this day and age of internet superiority. Building that online presence starts with having a website. For many, though, building that website can be a challenge, especially for someone without the expertise to create a professional website. Hiring a web developer to build that website is usually the best idea, but that can also be a little costly. On the other hand, hiring a freelance web developer could be another option, and maybe be a little more cost-efficient. But how does one go about hiring a freelance web developer? Here a few tips on how to go about it.

1. Overview

First of all, figure out what you want to have done. Determine how long you think it will take: when you would want to see a first draft, how long you think internal feedback channels might take, and when you want the final product delivered.

Be specific about what you want. Define the details for the deliverable: file formats, how you want them delivered, size dimensions, etc. If you’re not sure, specify how you want to use the final product. Be reasonable in what you want done. Don’t ask for outlandish or difficult features.

Outline your budget parameters. Know what will be the most you want to spend and what it’s honestly going to get you in terms of resources.

Gather any existing assets already in house that can be used (logo designs, etc) to help the designer know what does and doesn’t work for your project.

2. Decide who you want to use

Screen your options for how well they fit you and your project. Request examples of their work based on the parameters of what you’re wanting done.

Consider location, as that can factor in to how well you’ll be able to communicate with each other.  Different time zones can be tricky to work with.

Know the difference between someone who moonlights doing freelance on the weekends because of a full-time day job, and someone who is a full-time freelancer.  Make sure you consider their working hours, to get a feel for when they are available and willing to work, and when they will be available for reviewing progress and giving feedback on how it is and any changes you want. You will want to make sure they’re willing to work collaboratively in real time. Real time feedback will save time and keep your budget low.  And after all, you’re the only one who can definitively say when the project is complete.

Then interview the possible choices.

Don’t choose someone who only has web talent in one area unless you’re sure that’s exactly what you need. Single-talent people like that usually work better as part of team, so unless you want to hire more than one person, find someone who knowledgeable in multiple areas and can see the whole picture and how all the pieces work together on one project.

3. Documentation

Always be sure to get in writing an agreement of your project, with all details spelled out, how communication will be made and how often, and the agreement on cost. This will protect you both in the event of any disputes that may arise.


If you want to avoid the hassle of searching, finding and managing freelancers for your project, consider working with Outalent. Our team is comprised of international talent that will be managed by our experienced Project Managers. This will let you sit back and relax while we take care of your project.

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