Technically, hiring freelance developers has never been easier, but don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. The number of freelance platforms and skilled developers on the market is going up, but so are the challenges associated with finding, testing and selecting a truly great candidate.
It's astounding how few business owners properly account for the real cost of their labor. This article presents tried and true methods -- including an online calculator -- for calculating the real cost of your employees and consultants, enabling you to perform a sound financial analysis when faced with the "employee vs. consultant" dilemma.
Effective interviewing and hiring is as much of an art as it is a science. Nonetheless, approaches and methodologies do exist for evaluating the more subtle dimensions of a software developer’s skills and abilities. When used collectively, these techniques yield a highly effective screening process with a proven track record of success. That process is what this post is all about.