Where can I find good website designers/developers?

QUESTION:

Where can I find good website designers/developers?

ANSWER:

Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo

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:

  1. First, start by asking people you know for recommendations.  Nothing beats getting a referral from someone you trust.
  2. Next, get out of your house and begin networking.  There are dozens of events you can attend, and at each one you’ll meet new people you can potentially work with.
  3. Put out the word on Facebook — your friends may know someone
  4. Put out the word on LinkedIn — also join the various groups for engineers, designers and developers
  5. Craigslist — for local hires this is a great place to advertise
  6. eLance.com — is a good place for hiring freelancers both domestically and overseas
  7. Founder Dating — this is a great site if you want to find another founder who can join your team as a designer or engineer
  8. Meetup.com — is a fantastic resource.  There are meetup groups for practically everything.  For instance, I found a great Ruby on Rails Meetup at http://ruby.meetup.com/81/ — which would connect me with hundreds of Ruby developers
  9. SDForum — is another great resource.  It has special interest groups (SIGs) on a whole range of topics, and these are perfect places to meet designers and developers
  10. Rent a Coder — a site for finding engineers
  11. Guru — a site for finding freelancers, including designers and engineers
  12. Freelancer.com — a site for finding freelancers, including designers and engineers
  13. Scriptlance — a site for finding coders
  14. oDesk — a site for hiring and managing a team
  15. Dice — a jobs site for techies

This should give you a good start.  I hope this helps!

Comments & Advice:
  1. Soumit Kumar says:

    You can check local web designers. But if your budget is low you can check freelance market places like Upwork, Fiverr etc. I think upwork is the best choice but fiverr https://goo.gl/VVN9JD is not bad at all !

    Good Luck!!

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  3. Thomas says:

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  4. Ben William says:

    Hello Naomi,
    Thanks for your blog post.
    I am local business owner . It is really frustrating to find efficient website designer and SEO expert. I consultant with different onshore and offshore companies before making my business website . After dealing with different digital agency and freelance website designer , i realized, if you want to run long term business , you might select local website design agency. I would like to point our few point:
    If you have local website designer :
    1. you will not face any communication problem (Language)
    2. Local agency might have sound idea for your industry ,
    3. If anything run wrong, you may visit his or her office or place .
    4. Same time zone to work.
    5. Long term relationship.
    I would like to recommend one of best digital agency in Auckland (http://dynamicwebs.co.nz/web-design-auckland/). i have excellent experience to work with this agency.
    Cheers
    Ben

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  6. Check out X-Team, lots of great developers from all over the world with a great vetting process that takes into account far more than just coding skills: http://x-team.com

  7. We are not an established one but we have greatest ideas and knows the trends. http://klivolks.com is basically a web developing company how ever our products include ivacloud and serverorbits.

  8. Adam says:

    Thanks for a good article Naomi.
    I’m a web developer with 10+ years of experience. Have a look at my skill set and portfolio: http://www.phpdeveloperlondon.co.uk/

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  10. Spartan says:

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  11. AMG says:

    you happen to leave out fiverr from the list!
    That is the arh=gest market where you can hire a web designer as low as $5!
    check out these gigs
    https://www.fiverr.com/s/6hrbni

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