When hiring a Freelance PHP programmer, you can easily be inundated with choices on sites like Elance / ODesk and Freelancer. So if you need some help narrowing down the choices consider the following points:
- Price, do you really want the cheapest PHP programmer in the world? What value will that give you? Consider paying more for better quality work that is done right first time around and done in a timely manner.
- Experience / Portfolio / Ratings, do they have the right experience you are looking for with a portfolio to match and how are they rated online?
- Language, if you are both fluent in the same language, it will make communication so much easier
- Time Zone, consider how important it is that someone is available during your working hours, do you need to be able to easily get hold of them, when it’s convenient for you.
- Location and currency, makes it easy not having to deal with exchange rates and everyone will understand their tax obligations.
- Availability, linked to the time zone and other commitments, will this freelancer be working on your project 100% and will they be able to respond when you need them and will they will be available for support in the future if needed?
- Start small, test a new freelancer with a small project, to see how they complete it, if they are good you can always hire them again, this way you minimize your risks for a small investment.
- References, do they have references you can check with previous clients? A quick phone call now can reassure you and may save you a lot of potential headaches later.