Help me find a freelance coder
May 16, 2012 12:22 PM Subscribe
Where can I hire reliable coders to do piecemeal coding for me?
posted by special-k to computers & internet (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a scientist who also does a good bit of scientific programming and development. I've got the skills to do most of what I need to get done but don't have the time (my projects plate is constantly overflowing). Often times I need to do something soonish and I'll put a note on my todo list that I need to set aside a few hours, and weeks later it would still remain unfinished.
The smart thing for me to do would be to pay someone who has the skills and the time (I'm thinking a young freelancer) a fair hourly rate to get it done soon (so I can stop stressing and work on things that require my concentration). I'm an academic and fund many new side projects out of pocket so I cannot afford to shell out for a real professional (so to speak) but can easily pay 35-50 an hour for someone to get the job done (in the grand scheme of things, my time is more valuable than that). Where do I look for such people?
I can't post jobs on Stackoverflow, can I? It is kosher to write to someone and say "hey can you do this for me? Give me a hourly rate and an estimate." Googling coders for hire brings up sketchy websites where people bid on projects and bidders seem to be responding with boiler plate answers.
My goal is not to get some significant chunk of work done on the cheap, but more that my time is valuable and the rate I can afford might be easy money for a smart CS college student. Thoughts on where to look?