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what skills tolook for when posting a new job

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sid m Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
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I need a website building for a new business, a simple boarding cattery site, no online bookjng facility, more a glossy brochure illustrating the business and its unique pojnts etc etc.

 

I want the freelancer to take a brief and design and conctruct the site, I  the past I tend to find I design it all and they script it, this has been fine but I want someone who has better ideas than me and can jndertake the whole project from concept to publish with basic input from me during the process.

 

What woukd I need to look for in a freelancer for this, I do not really understand all the jargon and skills everyone advertises thay have.

 

All help appreciated.

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Evelina H Member Since: Jan 29, 2015
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I think that's called web design. Skills: HTML, CSS, JS, web design... maybe some web development?

 

 

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Pablo V Member Since: Dec 16, 2014
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Web design

 

Take in mind that everybody can master html in a few hours, but nobody writes a web page directly in plain html nowadays. They are better solutions, cheaper, faster and less error prone.

 

You can search instead for experts on: ruby on rails, java script, catalyst, dancer, django, mojolicious, clack or hunchentoot. Those are modern environments to make much easier to create scalable webs and solve many problems of the old fashioned cgi.

 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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You don't ACTUALLY need to know ANY specific terms, and you do not need to specify job skills.

 

Don't over-think this.

 

You can describe what it is you want done. Your job post will be seen by a variety of contractors.

 

To save money, I advise you to hire three different people to do the same task. Hire them on an hourly basis. Limit their time to two hours per week so that they can not do more work than that.

 

After each of them has worked for two hours, have them turn over everything they have done so you can carefully look at the results.

 

Choose the contractor whose work you like the best and who provides you the best value. Continue working with her, and close the contracts with the other two.

 

If you like elements of the work done by other two, then send those to the contractor you pick, and ask that she include those elements in the work going forward.

 

You should feel free to tell all the contractors that you are hiring them on a trial basis for just two hours, and that you will continue working with the contractor whose work you like the best.

 

You will save a lot of time and money if you hire multiple people and pick the best, rather than guessing wrong and picking somebody who charges you far more than one of the others would charge, while doing sub-par work.

 

Remember that most contractors on Upwork are great to work with, but many are incompetent and many are scammers. If you decide ahead of time that one-third of your hires will produce work you can't use, or won't actually do anything for you at all, then you can make adjustments in your hiring practices so that you hire enough people to actually do the job.

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sid m Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
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 Thank you, I like the sound of that.  I have done this before and ended up with not such great results from freelancers that claim to do it all but the end results look rather amateurish etc.    Im looking for a site that is easily updated with new pictures by oursleves due to the nature of the work we do.  

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Darrin O Member Since: Jan 20, 2015
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@sid m wrote:

What woukd I need to look for in a freelancer for this, I do not really understand all the jargon and skills everyone advertises thay have.


Then, really, what you need is a project manager that does understand everything involved so that they can work as your proxy in hiring other freelancers who are specialists.  Otherwise, if you're just looking for a single freelancer that claims to have all the skills to do everything well, you're likely to end up with a scammer.

 

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sid m Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
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Yes I believe we have experienced freelancers who have not been as good as they have promised.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Thank you, I like the sound of that.  I have done this before and ended up with not such great results from freelancers that claim to do it all but the end results look rather amateurish etc.    Im looking for a site that is easily updated with new pictures by oursleves due to the nature of the work we do. "

 


There are definitely ways to do this, and there are definitely Upwork contractors who can do this.

 

One rule of thumb is that you are unlikely to get great results from freelancers who "claim to do it all."

 

You say their results "look rather amateurish."


By definition, somebody who can "do it all" IS an amateur.

So if you hire somebody who claims to do it all, you should expect to get amateurish results.

 

If you want a higher-quailty website built for you and your company, you will probably need to hire specialists, not people who can "do it all." And you will probably need to hire contrators who are more experienced and more professional than the people you have hired in the past and been disappointed by.

 

You may have been hiring contractors and paying them $X dollars per hour. They disappointed you and did not produce the results you were looking for. If you hired the right people at $X * 4 dollars per hour, you would have been paying much mor per hour, but you could have achieved the results you wanted. And the total amount spent would have been less, because you only needed one successful contractor, who would have accomplished more in fewer hours. And you would not have had to hire successive failures or successive mediocrity.

 

I can say this from personal experience, because I am one of those more highly-paid contractors who delivers successful results for solving complex problems for clients. So I know those kinds of contractors are out there. I'm not available for your project, because I don't solicit work in the Community Forum. But I know many contractors are out there who can create exactly the kind of website you want.

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