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Re: [newtech-1] oDesk coding project advice?

From: Victor S.
Sent on: Monday, February 25, 2013 12:49 PM
"Bottom line is my apps will be impressive, even if I have to pay someone else to do it. :-)"


On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Michael Mellinger <[address removed]> wrote:
Thanks.  and yes the market has gotten extremely competitive is the 3 years since I started doing mobile. That's why I'm picking up the pace and hiring a little help. I'll have audio in a couple weeks.  Might see if I can get my Android apps cleaned up too. Between iOS and Android that's over 90% of the market. 

Bottom line is my apps will be impressive, even if I have to pay someone else to do it. :-)

On Feb 24, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Philippe Cohen <[address removed]> wrote:


A bit more based on my extensive Odesk experience:

1. No less than 4.5 stars ratings; be aware that some/many contractors are sharing / using several accounts, so ratings may not always mean much.
2. Hire individuals, no agencies (very often, they switch contractor, depending on whomever is available). 
3. At least 4/5 English speaking abilities ratings.
4. Ask for portfolio in bid, question them on the code through Skype; will take time but avoid disasters in the end.
5. Don't hire people you have a bad feeling about.
6. Request a keyword to be included in their bid (like "Mellinger"); if they don't write it, avoid them at all cost (shows attention to details/taking directions); also, only hire people whose bid makes sense and shows some kind of logic/intelligence..
7. Best candidates often found by searching for candidates that meet your requirements, then filter out (by language, scores, experience, rate, etc.) - but they are also the more 
8. Be aware that Odesk technical skill "tests" don't mean much either (can be taken week after week until getting a perfect score; look at the time it took the contractor to complete the test).

Hope that helps.

By the way, just saw h4labs - you should check out duolingo app if you haven't, it's pretty amazing.


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