10 Things To Know BEFORE Hiring A Freelance Programmer - Then I take...
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Then I take a look at the script and it looks like about $6 worth of work to me.
There is no reason to go ultra-cheap on the money you put into creating your software product. Your only expense is the cost of having it developed, everything after that is pure profit.
A (print) book publisher will pay an ex-President millions of dollars for a ghostwriter to produce an autobiography, because once the actual text is written, the publishing company can start manufacturing books for a dollar or two and sell it at $29.95. It's the same idea here, most of the expenses will come now instead of later.
Law 3: Most programmers know "diddly" about marketing.
Sorry. It's just a fact. Most of these guys have been creating the exact same script over and over... usually bad ones like a traffic exchange or dating script. Be patient and explain split-testing, double opt-in or whatever needs to be explained and if the programmer can't understand those concepts just go with someone else.
Law 4: The code needs to be well documented (comments in the code), that way you can come back to it.
If you find a problem with your program a year from now, even the original programmer will be clueless UNLESS there are comments within the source code explaining very clearly what every function and block of code is supposed to do.
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