Here is an interesting message I got from a freelance programmer in India. Seems my articles on the Seven Mistakes people make when hiring a programmer struck a chord with him.
Always interesting to hear the other side of the story…
I appreciate your article “7 mistakes series”. I am a Freelancer and have faced all the problems you mentioned in the articles.
There are a lot of people on the net who have a couple of dollars and an idea. Most of these buyers post the project on freelancers sites in an anticipation that the project will go perfectly and they will get the program of their dreams despite a very restricted budget.
When hiring from India, perhaps they think, India is a poor and crowded country so whatever amount they decide is the right budget for all the features they want.
The final result is bad remarks on programmer’s skill while he did everything to satisfy his client given the restricted time and budget.
I feel very sorry about those Indian Freelancers who get trapped with buyers, who are good at describing a project’s requirements in 3 lines on a freelancer’s site and then turning it to 3 pages eventually.
Anyways, thats really a good effort from you. Keep writing.
Sounds like a smart programmer to me…check out his site at the link above.
Here are the permanent links to the articles “Seven mistakes people make when hiring a programmer”:
Mistake # 1 – Not Understanding The User’s Needs
Mistake # 2 – Unreasonable Expectations
Mistake # 3 – Underestimating the Size of the Project
Mistake # 4 – No Shared Vision with the Developer
Mistake # 5 – Rushing Through the Planning Stages
Mistake # 6 – Letting the Programmer Manage the Project
Mistake # 7 – Not Testing Early, Often, or Correctly