Where can I find good website designers/developers?
by Naomi Kokubo, Cofounder of Founders Space
This is a question we get all the time. Find a great designer and/or developer for Web 2.0 sites isn’t easy. There are lots of good people out there, but they tend to be either too expensive or already employed. And if you want someone to work for equity or on the cheap, it can be difficult.
Most designers and engineers want to be paid, and if they’re any good, they usually don’t have trouble finding work. So you either have to pay them the market rate or risk having them start a job and then leave in the middle because they get a much better offer. This can be very disruptive.
So what can you do? Overseas designers and engineers are less expensive, but there are a number of risks you run, such as communication, control over the product, and quality of work. It’s really hard to manage an overseas team, and we’ve heard countless stories of woe and misery from founders who got burned.
Let’s start with the designer. It’s best to have your designer local. It’s hard enough to design a product, but if you can’t sit down with someone and talk it through, it can be extremely frustrating to get your vision communicated clearly. It may cost more, but finding a designer you can sit in the same room with and who understands your vision is worth every penny.
If you’re an experienced project manager, then you may be able to get away with overseas engineers. But you have to be careful and you have to check references. I’d start with a small project first, and see if the guys you hire can deliver, and then expand the project if they communicate well with you and can meet the milestones.
Here’s a quick list of places you can look to find your team:
This should give you a good start. I hope this helps!