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Guide to hiring a freelance developer for your business

By Vishnu M S

The global online market is becoming more competitive, which makes it more vital for businesses to stand out from the crowd. 75 per cent of individuals believe that they evaluate the authenticity of any business through its website. This implies that if you run a business and doesn’t have online platform or a website, you should consider to build a website for your business.

The website provides the online presence your business needs in a world that is primarily focused on digital media, and it is much cost-efficient than several other conventional means of marketing. Having a digital presence gives exposure to your brand and offers an amazing number of possibilities for growth. We shall go through all key points that you need to know when hiring a professional web developer for your business.

1. Freelance Web Developer

A freelance web developer is a professional programmer who creates, assembles, and codes a website or  offers various other technical services and maintains it. Developing on client-side platform using programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, JQuery, and others, as well as server-side using languages like ASP.NET, Java and Python, are few among the technical responsibilities that web developers can perform.

2. To Find a Good Freelance Developer 

Before you start looking for a freelance web developer to work with, you should have a clear idea of what you want to build on the business website.  

You need to ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Do you need a whole new website?  
  • Is there a problem with the analytics?  
  • Is it required to use a new tool? 

The answers to these questions will influence on how to begin your search. If you need a whole website created, it’s better to have a rough idea of how you want it to be displayed. It's alright if you can't think of all the specifics. However, having an initial draft of ideas will greatly assist the web developer and will save you a lot of time. Remember that if you don't have precise idea on how you want the website to appear, the website designer can always provide ideas.

3. Check for Good Technical Skills

You must check the skills your developer must have, some of the essential coding skills for every competent freelance web developer, particularly in terms of front-end development: 

  • HTML/HTML5 
  • CSS/CSS3 
  • JavaScript  
  • CSS/JS libraries: jQuery, Bootstrap 

It’s also essential for the freelance web developer to have command over one of the frameworks listed below: 

  • React 
  • Angular 
  • Vue.js 

For back-end:  

  • Python (Flask/Django) 
  • Ruby (Ruby on Rails) 
  • PHP (Laravel/Symfony) 
  • JavaScript (Node.js / Express) 

You will need at least some technical knowledge of what you want to be created, as well as a clear vision of the features you want in your website or the online platform.  

4. Soft Skills 

While technical skills are vital, soft skills are important are also very essential. Making a list of qualities for a suitable freelance web developer is a smart approach to narrow down your search for the ideal freelancer for your project. 

Qualities to identify in a freelance web developer include: 

  • Capacity to work to a brief- Being able to work to a brief and autonomously without supervision is reproving. 
  • Awareness of the emerging online technologies- It’s ideal to hire a freelance web developer that is passionate about the current online trends as it is reassuring. 
  • SEO- The freelance web developer should be an SEO king and have a strong mark on SEO in web creation. 

5. Where to Find Freelancer Web Developers 

The best way to find a freelance web developer are to use freelance marketplaces like TaskShift, UpWork, Toptal, and several other marketspaces, or to hire a digital firm. You can also hire a web developer from unreliable solutions like social media and local websites at your risk. 

This suggests you to determine what modifications need to be made on your website and to create a prototype as it will help in future while explaining your ideals to the developer. By hiring a freelance developer your business can save a lot of money as well as it will help your business grow further.

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