Red Flags

2 Red Flags Not to Say to a Web Developer

I’ll admit I’m very picky-choosy about freelance web development tasks/jobs/projects that I end up estimating and working on. Just one bad job can lead to me being unproductive for days or weeks. This unproductiveness isn’t because I get too busy from taking on a small job that turns out to take a ton of time but instead from a mental block caused by a let down in humanity. Over the years I’ve learned to spot ‘red-flags’ in client briefs that very often lead to me saying ‘no’ and turning down opportunities for potential development work. Lately, I have seen two particular statements that always rub me the wrong way and result in me declining to work on the task. These two statements come from the client with good intention but unfortunately for a developer are major red flags.

Red Flags

“This task should be easy/not take very much time. -Client”

The clients intention with this comment is to let the developer know that it should be a quick fix. They are trying to tell the developer that it won’t require much time/effort on the part of the developer in hopes that they can help solve the problem quickly and for not that much money.

The way the developer interprets this is that the client is under valuing the skills/experience that the developer has, that the client does not have, in order to solve the problem/task at hand. It’s borderline insulting for the developer. As a developer myself I hear this one all the time and here is how I want to respond every time: “If the task is so easy why don’t you do it yourself? Or hire a 5 year old to do it for you? You don’t have the time? But you said it should be a quick one I thought?” Look just because you think the task is quick/easy for a developer that has nothing to do with the value of the developer solving the problem at hand for you. You’re basically implying that if the developer charges you more than X for this job they are over-charging to solve your problem. A professional developer is a person and a professional and it’s never their intention to over-charge you for a job. But clients rarely realize that what is fair for them is not always fair for the developer. The reason the task might be quick and/or easy for the developer is because of that developers education and experience solving problems exactly like the one you are seeking help for. So just because it may be quick or easy it’s best to leave that up to the developer to determine for you rather than suggesting to them they shouldn’t charge you very much because it’s “easy” for them.

Dangle Carrot

“If this task goes well I will have much more work in the future for you. -Client”

There is no shortage of development work out there. Developers are in very high demand these days, especially the good ones. So dangling the carrot is not a good strategy for landing a quality developer to help you with your immediate needs.

This statement is one that many young developers will not see as a red flag because they will believe it. Which is unfortunate because it’s statements like this that totally throw off the balance of respect between client and developer. It’s saying “prove to me you can do this job well and I’ll consider giving you more work.” but what about from the developers perspective? “Prove to me that you are a good client and I’ll consider doing more work for you.” Is that fair? How about instead both client and developer act like good people and give each other the benefit of the doubt that it will be a great relationship. Just because you are seeking to find and work with a new developer doesn’t mean that they are going to screw you like the last guy you underpaid for a ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ task that didn’t go so well.

Not everyone will agree with what I’ve wrote above. Even some of my best long-term clients have pulled the lines above on me and I had to pretend like I didn’t hear it. And there are exceptions of course to the two statements above. My tone above also probably comes off like a real a-hole but that is not my intention and I’m actually instead trying to help clients not say things that make developers look at them with an ignorant stare. Please consider the perspective of the developer who you are asking to solve your problem and let them help you determine the value of solving that problem for you.

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Sorry, No Calls for New Clients

My friends and associates have been laughing with (at) me about how I go about responding to new client leads who e-mail me or call my voicemail requesting me to give them a quick call. These people usually find me from my blog or through referral and decide they need to talk to me on the phone before they can tell me anything about their task, job or project they are seeking a skilled developer to help them complete. I am always very interested in hearing about new prospective work with new prospective clients and always keep a little availability to take on the right projects that come my way. The problem is when these prospects build their own barrier by requiring me to speak with them on the phone first as if they need to hear my voice for me to help them.

Please do not get me wrong or take offense to this as ‘initial phone calls’ are still very much happening for my industry just not for me personally. Also, it’s not that I think I’m too cool for school or that I demand we play by ‘my rules’ but instead out of necessity for myself in qualifying my own leads just as any smart business would do.

Reality being current clients rarely require to speak with me on the phone but I’d of course be willing and able. Outside of that it’s mostly that I’m just not a big fan of the medium of a phone call.

Let me explain why I do not schedule calls with prospective new clients seeking to hire me.

1. Phone calls give me anxiety.

Scheduling phone calls, or even more stressful are calls out of the blue, with prospective clients (strangers) is not how I want to spend my time. I’m not in sales and try to actually avoid it at all costs and instead take a more consultative approach to those I end up working with. I’m the kind of person who actually communicates great on the phone but what you don’t see on the other end is me pacing back and fourth sweating bullets for no good reason. Don’t get me wrong I love a good ‘hot-seat’ session but prefer in-person as I think so much is lost over the phone. It’s so bad for me that if I have a call scheduled with someone I’ve never spoke with before I will actually sweat it all day until the call then feel exhausted after. At my agency I operated for 3 years I loved that my business partner would do this heavy lifting for me and take most all our calls with prospective new clients.

2. Discovery calls quickly turn into consulting calls.

It’s never the blatant intention of the prospect to get free consulting out of these calls they are trying to have but almost always ends up being the case. I consider myself very helpful by nature. I was the kid on the block who everyone’s parents would call over for dinner when they had tech issues and I would help them in exchange for dinner or hanging out with their kids. So I’m not saying it’s the fault of the person trying to get me on the phone but instead that I will always try to leave that prospect with some value on the call no matter what or I will end up feeling worthless and that’s just a double edged sword of my helpful nature.

3. Phone people.

I have really good friends, my own age and older, who are “phone people” and by that I mean they will pick up the phone and call you or anyone without even second guessing themselves or your desire to speak on the phone with them. I am not one of those people. I prefer text message, e-mail, or online chat. So if someone e-mails me and says “I have this/that project that I need help with. Please call me.” I will likely send them a link to this very post right here on my blog. Alternatively if I get an e-mail from a prospective client who describes the details of their prospective job I’ll engage with them right away and either ask questions to help clarify the scope of the project or give them my resources to get the job done without me. Could be the exact same project in either case but my response to each is very different in terms of how much value I am able to bring the prospect.

4. You gain phone access.

I am available by phone. I even pick up and call back for my clients who I have relationships with. They’ve earned it by showing me respect, gratitude and by overall just being great clients. There is not much I wouldn’t do for clients who I have a mutually respective relationship with that have stood the test of time.

Also I have a voicemail for those clients who just want to stream of consciousness at me when they are feeling inspired which is totally acceptable. My cells phone alerts me and transcribes these voicemails for me right away. I also respond to these voicemails with great attention.

5. Phone calls are not the best way to discuss a project.

So much is lost when discussing projects over the phone. Phone calls depend on someone to take notes and report on everything that was discussed during the call to be followed up on by the appropriate parties. This task is nearly impossible to do completely and something always gets overlooked, misunderstood, or just plain left out.

The better alternative to discuss a project is by having the prospective client create a project brief that describes the end result they are seeking for the given project, job or task. The prospective client and developer can then work together to refine the brief into a clear set of deliverables and scope. If the prospective client is not willing to take the time to do this it’s a red flag for how the rest of the time working with the client will look. Instead, the client should be willing to work with the developer over chat or e-mail or document sharing to get the project fully defined before any work is started, this is something I’ll charge prospects to help them with before even starting their project to ensure a quality working relationship.

How do you operate then?

I’m currently working as a self-employed freelance WordPress developer. It’s just me. I have no sales person, secretary or junior developers and I like it that way. And as far as new leads of prospective clients coming my way I’d say it’s about 50/50 of those who want to “hop on a quick call to discuss” vs. the ones who just start the conversation via e-mail, chat or leave me a voicemail with details. The please call me people usually get a polite custom e-mail response from me right away asking for the details of their project which often go unresponded to unfortunately.  The other half get the opportunity to have me take a consultative approach to helping them complete their project myself or with my network of resources and guidance. Thankfully this gives me ‘enough’ work to live my life as comfortable as I need to.

Not always the case with new clients.

I recently completed a PSD to WordPress website development for a new client in the medical technology industry who initially left me a voicemail requesting me to call him back to discuss details before he hired me for the project. I listened to his voicemail and immediately called him back and the call went great. Why the exception for this guy? His tone and demeanor on the voicemail came off as very unintimidating and respectful to me. I could tell from listening to the voicemail that the client was of the type I was compatible to work with from years of experience working with different types of clients. My gut usually leads me in the right direction and in this case it ended up being a really great working relationship after that initial discovery call. What I should mention though is that since that initial call we haven’t once spoken on the phone again, because there has been absolutely no need.

My phone call alternative secret weapon.

I mentioned e-mail, chat, and voicemail as tools I prefer instead of call but should also mention my secret weapon. Screencast video recordings. I really enjoy laying down screencast video recordings where I have the client’s website on the screen and I am talking over the video going over something. I upload these videos and make them available to my clients to watch at their convenience over and over again if they wish/need. My clients love this and it saves loads and loads of time over scheduling a call. Think about if multiple people need to be scheduled on the call when instead they can all just be sent a pre-recorded video link with everything they need to know in a short custom video.

Thanks, but I can’t schedule a call right now sorry.

In conclusion, I am very complimented and grateful for the opportunities have a chance to work with any new client who reaches out to me. But different strokes for different folks and phone calls just are not my thing for the reasons described above. If I sent you a link to this post I hope I have not offended you and that you are able to constructively re-approach me or the next developer to help you with your needs. After all I consider all knowledge workers, like web developers, to be expert practitioners who deserve the respect that of a doctor who have their own requirements to how they take on new patients. So I simply request that you not expect me to be willing to ‘hop on a quick call’ just because you have a ton of potential work for me. If I’m willing to take on the work it’s not the work that will be difficult for me but instead the client management and this method of mine has proven to reduce the amount of days I dread a phone call.

I’m not the only one who feels this way either. Dharmesh Shah co-founder of HubSpot has the very same inclinations explained slightly differently in his article at SorryNoCalls.com.

Still not convinced? How about Rand Fishkin’s post about time recovery hacks the first item on his list being he hates the phone.

No Calls

Lastly here is an example of am e-mail I got in response to a voicemail I received at 3am from someone I never met asking me to call them back:

please call me

White Label WPCurve

How to White Label WPCurve

According to WPCurve themselves they do not offer a white label program and that much is true. My goal is not to mislead you with this post but to present creative solutions for meeting the needs of those who are looking to white label WPCurve’s awesome WordPress development services.

If you haven’t read WPCurve’s blog post 11 lessons learned from a white label failure, go ahead and find out for yourself the reasons why WPCurve has made the choice to not white label their services for marketers, developers, designers, and agencies who would love nothing more to have access to the skilled WordPress developers on the WPCurve team at such a great rate for their client’s multiple websites.

Which leads me to my big questions for you: When you say you want to ‘Whitelabel WPCurve services, even though they don’t allow it, are you simply looking to get insanely cheap WordPress development help or are you just seeking access to their hand selected team of very high quality WordPress developers?

Why White Label WPCurve?

I Need Cheap Quality WordPress Development Help for Small Tasks

If this is you then here are 2-ways how you should Whitelabel WPCurve’s service:

  1. Be transparent with your client and tell them to sign up for WPCurve on their own and tell them you will help them manage it by delegating small jobs there for them. This way WPCurve gets all the credit for the work and the client is paying for their own account so they see the value. This creates what I see as a win-win-win for the “white labeler”, the client, and WPCurve. Yes I know this isn’t true ‘white labeling’ but it is the right way to go about things according to what I took from the White Label Failure blog post.
  2. Tell your client you are an affiliate for WPCurve and have nothing but great things to say about them and have them sign up. I know, I know this would be considered being an affiliate of WPCurve not white labeling but it still solves the problem of needing affordable help from talented WordPress developers for the small stuff.

I Need a Trustworthy, Accountable and Talented WordPress Developer

I think a big majority of those who want to white label WPCurve are people who simply need to know where to find an accountable WordPress developer to help them from time to time as needed. They are looking to swoop in on the recruiting work WPCurve has done with stocking their team with WordPress allstars and get access to them for their needs large and small for multiple websites. These people would never admit they are trying to poach WPCurve’s developers but I know it’s true because I’ve seen it with my own eyes…

I’m one of the hand-selected expert WordPress developers at codeable.io have you heard of us? At codeable 989 of every 1000 completed projects are rated with 5 out of 5 stars and it is the #1 outsourcing service for WordPress. If you want to know more about how codeable works you can click that link and read my other post on it.

The reason I tell you this is because in the past 2 months I’ve have had 4 people who told me they discovered I was a codeable developer and asked me how they work with me outside of the codeable.io platform which charges fees on top of my estimates but for good reasons that benefit the client and developer. There is a policy at codeable that you are not allowed to work with codeable clients outside of codeable and I have to tell this to these people who are literally trying to capitalize on the hard work codeable has done hand-selecting, qualifying and monitoring their expert developers they allow to work on their platform.

Good news: codeable.io is for EVERYONE.

Designers, marketers, project managers, agencies, bloggers, and multi-site owners you name it are all welcome on codeable.io to have access to the expert WordPress developers through their platform. So if you are simply looking for a reliable WordPress developer and do not know where to find one for jobs small or large codeable is a must try for you.

There is no official whitelabel codeable.io program but you are allowed to post tasks/jobs on there on behalf of all your client’s sites and project manage them yourself so the client thinks it is your developers who are completing their work. As a codeable developer myself I’ve done many jobs for agencies and marketers who’s clients never know about me and I’m totally fine with that because I still get a positive review from the agency or marketer.

What about WPCurve then?

WPCurve is such an awesome service I recommend to everyone I talk to about it. I’ve been following co-founder/entrepreneur of WPCurve Dan Norris for a little bit now and think he is a very smart mate with a really amazing growing business with an awesomely disruptive business model at the low price point they offer. So much respect for what they’re doing and how it fills a huge need making the WordPress world a much better place.

Here is a quote from one of my clients on codeable:

“I’m really happy to hear your thoughts on Dan and WPCurve! I know they hate white labeling but I’m giving them a hard time on letting me post small projects on behalf of my friends and clients (that’s all I really help with websites – I am mostly in full time marketing). But I think it’s working because they’ve let me list a few with them thus far. I have yet to find a comparable solution.”

I totally agree with WPCurve’s founders on their position on white labeling and encourage them to stick with their simple focus.

Be Honest with Yourself and Your Clients

But let’s be honest if you are really going to outsource this WordPress development work on behalf of your clients then you need to make sure you’re charging you clients enough to hire the right help. WPCurve is for ‘small tasks that take less than 30 minutes’ they say and if you are expecting to be able to serve all your clients needs you’re gonna need to look elsewhere at some point anyway.

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Get Your Work Done with a StandStand Portable Standing Desk

As I’ve posted about before I recently started picking up WordPress development jobs at codeable.io and the other week I had a job come through to help out with the site https://www.standstand.com

Upon visiting the site to understand what this fellow, Luke, needed help with exactly I realized I had stumbled across a really cool product I’d never seen before.

Meet StandStand

Normally when development jobs are posted on codeable, we as the developers, ask questions and do background research to make sure we can complete the job before estimating. In Luke’s case though he just had a pretty simple question and seemed like a pretty resourceful guy so I just pointed him to some resources that I thought might solve the problem he was having. It turns out the links I provided him seemed to be exactly what he was looking for and he was stoked.

From here I’ve pulled some snippets from codeable so you can see what happened next:

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You can see another codeable.io developer was also stoked on the product. Maybe he’ll get a chance to help Luke soon and get his own StandStand as trade.

And only a few days later Luke came through for me and in the mail arrived my StandStand! So amped.

Thanks Luke! Very cool packaging although I was more excited to tear it open and set it up.

My friend had recently got one of those spendy ‘sleep number’ variable height desks at his office which he was stoked about because he had been plagued with back pain and stiffness from sitting at a computer all day. So he was a huge advocate for the standing desk and I personally had to agree with him the concept behind it made sense but I wasn’t about to drop that kind of cash on a new desk.

My desk though sits below a window that while seated I can barely see out of and I live at a beach so there is a lot of high quality people watching I’m missing. With the StandStand I can see out the window perfectly behind my screen which not only gives my posture a break but also allows me to rest my eyes by focusing on something farther away from my computer screen.

Two drawbacks to my setup with the StandStand are that 1. I lose my magic mouse and have to use my trackpad when the computer is up on the StandStand. And 2. My Dual Screen doesn’t get a lift also so I lose my ability to use that as effectively as well when the laptop is on the StandStand.

Update I heard this from Luke which is the exact solution to the problem above:

I’m currently working on StandStand Mouse and StandStand Desktop, which I hope to launch as a Kickstarter campaign in the fall. They won’t be as portable or as quick to assemble, but they would solve the mouse and the separate monitor issue. I look forward to seeing how people like them! -Luke

Annnd here is the kickstarter for the one with mouse:

Those drawbacks though are super minor and I think the positives outweigh the negatives in this case because the StandStand is not meant to be used all day but instead when you need a break from sitting hunched over looking down at your screen. It’s also great for when I am wandering around my studio and I need to just check back on my computer when it alerts me and such.. I can just walk up to it, type a response, and walk back over across my studio to my lunch or whatever else I was doing.

StandStand New View

As a developer I spend A TON of time hunched over on my laptop. I’m only 28 years old at time of writing this post but I have been told that when I turn 30 I will wake up sore and in pain everyday. I’m not sure if that’s because I do a lot of action sports and have been broken off many a times or in combination with how much time I spend sitting at a desk in front of my laptop. Already though I can see how the StandStand helps me break the habit of sitting all day. My first few 15 minutes sessions of standing I could already tell how my body appreciated the change of posture.

Here is a video of Luke showing you what the StandStand is all about:

Honestly I think the portability is rad but I wouldn’t just go setup like that in a public place and be the only one standing haha. But more power to you Luke!

Myself like many developers these days work remotely from my laptop. This is where the portability of the StandStand really comes into play. I’m kinda nomadic in that I try to spend winter in the mountains. Currently almost everything I own can fit inside my wagon if I need to move, sorta minimalist. That’s where it makes it OK for me to own the StandStand because it is so compact I can afford to carry it with me through my seasonal moves.

The friend I mentioned earlier in this post stopped by my studio yesterday to drop off a very nice gift for me (thanks @robbbailey) and as he was walking out the door stopped in his tracks when he saw my laptop on the StandStand and said “Whoa, what is that?!” I almost just gave it to him on the spot but I knew I had to write this blog post first. I think we’ve both caught the sickness and the only solution is MORE STANDING.

Thanks again Luke and I recommend you all go check out the StandStand:

Pro Tip: To make sure you get the right height stack some books on your desk and measure the proper height for your StandStand.

https://www.standstand.com/

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Considering Codeable.io? Developer Q&A with New Client

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How Codeable.io Works

Someone I had met at a networking event reached out to me and congratulated me on becoming a WordPress developer for Codeable.io recently. They wanted to reconnect and admitted they needed help with WordPress and wanted to chat about how Codeable works.

We connected on Skype and this is what I summarized the Codeable experience as for her from the perspective of a Codeable developer.

Codeable.io Basics

Trying Codeable is no obligation and no risk. You can create a task and the team of hand-selected expert WordPress developers will ask questions and estimate it for free. You only pay when you decide you would like to hire a developer only once they have estimated and told you when they could start and have the job completed by.

Developers are only allowed to estimate if they are 100% sure they can complete the job for you. This means that as the client you only have the opportunity to hire a developer who has fully reviewed the requirements of your task and knows for a fact they can delight you with their work completing it. The Codeable developer’s reputation depends on it. It’s appropriate to mention 98.9% of all jobs are rated 5 out of 5 stars. If you don’t believe me about that level of quality see the reviews for yourself: https://codeable.io/developers/

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How to try Codeable.io

Get Started Now on Codeable

It would be perfect to try if you have a ‘small’ job or couple tasks you’d pay $60 – $100 to just get done.  That would be an easy way to try it and about the minimum a task gets done for on Codeable. Or the minimum $50 consultation option is pretty cool because after chatting with them you get to select an expert developer to consult with you for an hour on your project/task. It’s sometime hard for a client to know what is a ‘small’ task and in that case I would just recommend posting on Codeable to get an estimate regardless. I believe currently the average task on Codeable is about $160-$180 or so… but there are many larger projects as well.

Developer’s estimates are averaged together and that is the number you see. Once/if you choose to hire a developer you will be prompted to securely transfer money into a no-worry escrow service where it remains safe (Codeable money back guarantee) until the task/project is completed. Once the task is funded, both you and your chosen expert will get directed to a private workroom where you can chat, share credentials and files, all private and secure. At which point you just hit the ‘mark complete’ button and it will ask for a quick review the developer. It goes both ways the developer is able to leave a review for you that other Codeable developers can see. Usually these exchanges are really positive on Codeable, which creates a win-win scenario.

After explaining that much about Codeable I asked what specific questions this person who was considering trying Codeable had and here is that dialogue:

With zero coding understanding, it’s hard to know what is a $60 – $100 job. My ideas may be off. How would Codeable compare to a service that offers a number of tasks, that all take 30 min. or less for a monthly fee of $100?

So yea a service like you mention is still a great fit for some people and extremely affordable for the value they provide some WordPress users. Services such as WPCurve.com I’m sure you’ve heard of maybe tried has a great reputation.

Codeable is a team of some of the best WordPress developers in the world so it’s more for people who want the job done right and don’t want to be told “we can’t do that” or “that’s beyond the scope of our services”.

I’ve seen some small theme design changes and fixes done for about $60 – $80 and then I’ve seen a website Photoshop (PSD) Design to theme project I would normally bid 10k+ to do that get done on codeable for only like $2500 in less than a week… So if you have website designs that need to be coded it would be smart to at least get an estimate through Codeable although you should provide your budget information accordingly.

Tip from the Top: If you have a large development project instead of creating one master job break it up into development phases or milestones and create multiple jobs. If you need help with this ask Codeable support or create a consultation job and you can select a Codeable developer who will help you scope out your jobs/milestones. That will give your project the best chance of being attractive to the right Codeable developers to finish the job quickly and efficiently.

 

Do you do graphics work along with WordPress stuff?

There are a handful of developers on Codeable who are very talented, some exceptional, in graphic design aside from WordPress development. I’ve reviewed the portfolio sites of many of my peer Codeable developers and have been impressed with some really professional design work showcased.

I have a mature blog that a guy locally is migrating to a genesis mobile theme. It’s been a long process and he is quite slow. What I’ll need are tweaks to make it do what I thought it would do. Also some design help. Seems like Codeable is worth a try, b/c I don’t want to piecemeal getting it right. The 2nd time.

I’ve read hundreds of the reviews left on Codeable developers and I have never seen the word ‘slow’ only ‘fast’ to describe their work. You have nothing to lose by posting your requirements on there and starting the conversation with the developers. From the sound of your project and what I’ve seen lots of developers would jump and the chance to play hero with that type of work. Also lots of genesis experts. Really doesn’t matter if you have a WordPress theme built from scratch or built on top of a theme using a layout builder or anything.

This helps…couldn’t find a complete explanation of how it worked on the site…

If you have lots of little changes you can group them in one job in Codeable or I still might actually recommend a service like WPCurve to try to knock out the little ones and then taking the bigger items to Codeable that WPCurve can’t/won’t do. But don’t think of Codeable as minimum $60 per task because often clients request a handful off little tasks as one job and the top-notch developers can knock them all out rather quickly often for under $100 too.

There is a new codeable app releasing soon I hear which is going to be even more amazing. The company has done very little marketing at all but has an insane word of mouth reputation so it’s gonna keep blowing up and getting even better.

It’s really magical how the Codeable.io CEO Per Esbensen hand-selects and looks after each developer like big brother status. Not to mention he has a very strong team behind him.

Are little tasks like this: clearing out 5k spam comments, getting spam plugin to work, making 404 errors go away–when new .jpegs aren’t coming up when they should?

Yes, those are all relatively small and you could group them into one task on Codeable and for that specifically I’d roughly guess the estimates would average out at around $100 or less for everything there but you could easily copy and paste that into Codeable and see for yourself too. No obligation.

Developers would jump on those tasks for you and the estimates will probably average out at about $70ish maybe because those types of tasks you mentioned are really attractive to us. Sometime though the estimate will increase as more developers chime in based on their perspective for what it will take.

Bigger types of tasks are like:

  1. Customize my woo commerce cart, checkout, product pages and backend.
  2. Need advanced custom fields setup and configured to work with my needs.
  3. Need to integrate with this third party app and have apps talk to each other and send specific strings back and fourth.

Do Codeable folks take on conversion optimization projects?

Doesn’t hurt to post the task and ask… no obligation to hire a developer. Many of the developers inherently have marketing backgrounds too and experience with UI/UX design so I would think someone would be able to help you out.

For that request I’d say it would be best for you to lay out some more details goals for the conversion optimization… trouble areas… maybe break it up into a couple smaller jobs that each focus on a few individual areas where conversion optimization could be improved. You could also post a ‘consultation task’ where for about $60 a Codeable developer might offer to help you outline what sorts of conversion optimization tasks/areas to focus on.

Is it possible to hire you outright for future projects or is it luck of the draw? Such as 99designs has 1-1 projects or something like that?

Yep. Through Codeable it’s called a preferred task. When you are first typing in your brief there is an area for preferred contractors where you can type in my name. Or bookmark this: https://codeable.io/developers/raleigh-leslie/

I’ll say there are lots of really great and talented developers here but I can provide you value the way described above by helping you with your brief. So that if I’m too busy or something I can open up the task to all contractors for you after asking you questions to get the scope nice and clear for you/them.

If I’m too busy or the task isn’t right for me I can also reach out to support for you and have them tap the shoulder of some of the more senior devs here who kill it.

I have a need to go through our cpanel on our server and delete a bunch of files we no longer use anymore – i think there a bunch of WordPress installs that are causing us problems… I would need to go through the files with someone and say – yeah delete that, keep that etc… and my hesitance to do it solo is not knowing the impact of deleting certain files… So I’d love someone with some knowledge in this area to go through it with me and help me decide what to keep – does that sound like something you’d be interested in?

Absolutely. I’d recommend a solid backup first regardless though :) We can even do hourly instead of project based on here too. Whatever is best for the job.

Conclusion

It’s a huge honor to be apart of that team now so I’m invested in making sure people understand how it works. I’ll update this post as I get more questions related about what using Codeable is like for a new client.

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