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Am I doing something wrong as a client? Why are my hires so bad?

claudiacezy
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Claudia Z Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
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@Jonathan L wrote:
Unfortunately, when you have these kinds of conversations with them, sometimes hours long, things still don't change. It's just a waste of time for both parties, which makes no sense.

 Are you billed for those hours?

jaliu
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Jonathan L Member Since: Oct 20, 2015
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No, this is fixed price. Though for hourly rate I see the person just surfing the web in the screenshots.

tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Jonathan, if you said what type of freelancers you're hiring, I didn't see it. In what field are you hiring?

jaliu
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Jonathan L Member Since: Oct 20, 2015
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Web development. I told him/her I was letting him/her go couple days ago and I saw that he/she closed the job today noting that I "failed to pay"! And he/she never even billed me for all this "work that they did"!!! The person kept pressing me to give them a job that I wasn't even hiring for at the time and then when I hired them they didn't do any work... I was able to do what it took them several days to do (while asking for the same directions over chat, failing  and making tons of mistakes in the process) in 10 minutes! And again, I am at a level of 1 or worse in expertise while he/she is at an 8/9.  Always had excuses and always asked to do things later that day which never happened of course.

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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This is unfortunate, but this is the kind of thing I expect to see when a client hires only one low-cost developer at a time for a web development project, rather than hiring multiple people. Should have hired 5 to 10, really, and continued with only 1 or 2.

jmeyn
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Joachim M Member Since: Mar 23, 2015
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@Jonathan L wrote:

Web development. I told him/her I was letting him/her go couple days ago and I saw that he/she closed the job today noting that I "failed to pay"! And he/she never even billed me for all this "work that they did"!!! The person kept pressing me to give them a job that I wasn't even hiring for at the time and then when I hired them they didn't do any work... I was able to do what it took them several days to do (while asking for the same directions over chat, failing  and making tons of mistakes in the process) in 10 minutes! And again, I am at a level of 1 or worse in expertise while he/she is at an 8/9.  Always had excuses and always asked to do things later that day which never happened of course.


Stop whining and hire professionals at professional rates. 

jaliu
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Jonathan L Member Since: Oct 20, 2015
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there is no definition of "professioal rate," though i do get how higher cost is correlated with better peformance. to be fair, i didn't intend on hiring this person but he/she pressured me like i said.

jmeyn
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Joachim M Member Since: Mar 23, 2015
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@Jonathan L wrote:

there is no definition of "professioal rate," though i do get how higher cost is correlated with better peformance. to be fair, i didn't intend on hiring this person but he/she pressured me like i said.


Well, there are two to the party, one pressing and one allowing himself to be pressed. Learn to say no. And, yes, there are professional rates. Look at what a professional in your country of residence would ask for. Naturally you can follow Preston's suggestion of hiring many people and take the best results - if you can afford the necessary overhead... 

versailles
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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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@Jonathan L wrote:

to be fair, i didn't intend on hiring this person but he/she pressured me like i said.


 

What exactly does that mean? What the **Edited for Community Guidelines** are you doing? Did you hire a beggar who ended up learning Wordpress or whatever job you throw on her?

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tlbp
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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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You must make future hiring decisions based on logic rather than emotion. There are some people who will perform well in response to kindness, but others who will simply take advantage. : (

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