Been there, done that! One guy tried to pull off 20 hours of work @20somthing an hour. It was pair programming and I wasn't there. All the screen shots were of the code in the documentation folder, which why spend 20 hours editing the documentation? Also, I never gave him access to the database and it was necessary for the work. It was basically just random screen shots. I asked him about it and he said he did the work but then I asked him to produce 1 line of code.
I left a 1 page 1 star review for the guy. I got my $500 back because he refunded after I started to go into dispute.
I also ran into someone who I paid for a week, and he said it took him all week to learn then I fired him. Never got my money back there.
Many people that have stretched a 1 hour job to 10 hours.
Weeee!!! Such a fun ride! I feel for you. Luckily I have learned to avoid these Jokers!
$20+ an hour is not what I would call getting what you pay for; especially when you get nothing and it's 20 hours of "work". It really set me back because that was my budget and I ended up giving up on the project waiting for the refund.
@Preston H wrote:
When I hire low cost contractors, I typically hire about four or five simultaneously to do the same work. Because that is what I find it takes to get the results I'm looking for. I end up either mixing and matching from their submissions to compile a final result the I like, or I end up keeping the work of only one of them and throwing away the rest. (I don't tell them this, though. I don't want them to feel bad.)
I have done this multiple times. Of course the contractors are all paid for their time.
I simply don't believe that hiring a single, unknown, low-cost contractor is a very effective practice if you have a deadline.
Good tips Preston! The ol' hire 5 fire 4 technique. I've done the same thing because you really have to make an investment to find the right people.