Beware of Simon Zajdela (email@example.com)
Ever pay a coder to do a job and then in a flash, they go missing? Yeah it happens and when it does it sucks. If you found this post it’s most likely you’re doing a quick google background check on Simon Zajdela. Don’t you love Google
Be warned, Simon Zajdela seemed pretty awesome at first and did some quick work for us but things got bad after that. After paying approx $300 for work on the second project he simply vanished without a trace with absolutely no communication. Vanished from Skype for weeks until one day…
There he was online, so I messaged him what’s up giving him a chance to explain himself…*crickets*Asked for a refund and gave him a chance for an explanations again..*the sound of crickets*.
So what’s the purpose of this post? It’s pretty simple, I don’t want you to fall into the same trap as me. Save your money for someone that won’t leave you high and dry. I lost $300 with Simon Zajdela but it could of been much worse. The total job price was $1300, imagine if I were to pay half that?
So how do you find the right developer?
I found that hiring offshore is risky business, yes it cheaper but at what price? My advise is to find a coder you can actually call and spend some time talking with your coder on the phone. You may pay a little more with someone in the states but you get communication and reliability in return. This extra little work will pay off in the end.
Other helpful hints
- Find people with a high number of positive feedback
- pay little up front and have them prove they can do the work
- give them a simple task first before having them do a bigger task
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