If you are just starting out building your iPhone game, one of the most difficult tasks you will likely undertake is hiring a designer and a programer.
This part alone might send less “driven” people off to another venture. It is very intimidating and you should do your homework before you just jump in and spend a couple thousand dollars with someone you don’t know much about.
There are several large websites that you can post your job on and get quite a few people bidding on them. But there are several that I have had better luck with and I will mention them first.
The first site that I hire most of my designers and programers from is oDesk.
I have had the best luck with them for several reasons.
First, they have a good review/ feedback system.
Second, they have a lot of programers and designers on their site so the chance are you will have many to choose from.
Third, you can watch their progress as oDesk takes a random screen shot of their work every ten minutes. This is a great feature to keep people honest about the work they are billing you for.
Once you have a general idea what your game will cost I suggest listing it as a “Fixed” price rather than a hourly rate. I would typically list a higher rate to encourage more bids as most contractors will bid under what you have listed.
This way if you will attract the good talent and you can choose and negotiate from there. If you post a cheap fixed dollar amount all you will get is contractors with no feedback or no hours.
You have a much better chance hiring a good programer or designer going high first and working down from there.
While I am on the subject. If you end up with a lot of bids (which I hope you do) then the best way to go through the list to reduce it to a few people you would like to interview via Skype is by hiding (never delete people, you never know when you might have to go back through the list again) the applicants that have less than a 4.0 feedback rating.
Those are the first to be hidden. While you are at it, anyone that has a 4.5 rating or above, mark them on the “shortlist”.
Next, go through the amount of oDesk hours they have worked. anyone with little or no hours should be hidden and anyone with 100 + hours should go on the “shortlist”. This should give you a good foundation to begin interviewing them via Skype.
You will want to interact with them on Skype daily. If they are not available on Skype for daily reviews, do not hire them. Most contractors are used to this so make sure you make this a prerequisite to hiring.
The next site I have had good luck with is Elance.
Elance is very easy to use and they have a lot of designers and programers to choose from. One of my current programing teams is through Elance and they are doing good work.
How you write your ad will make a big difference in the amount of people who apply for your job. I will go into that subject in a later post.
Here is a list of the two sites I mentioned above and other sites that I have posted jobs on but have only used them in a limited capacity.
1) oDesk – I hire from this site frequently.
2) Elance – I hire from this site sometimes.
3) Guru – I hire from this site sometimes.
4) ScriptLance – I hire from this site on occasion.
5) FreeLancer – I have posted several jobs to this site.
6) FreeLance – I have posted several jobs to this site and hired from this site once.
7) iFreeLance – I have posted several jobs to this site.
8) PeoplePerHour – I have posted a job here.
9) vWorker – I have posted a job here.
10) GetACoder – I have posted a job here.
11) TopCoder – I have posted a job here.
12) SuperLancers – I have posted a job here.
13) RentACoder – Changed name to vWorker
14) EasyOutSource – I have posted a job and hired from here.
15) BestJobs.ph – - I have posted a job and hired from here.
I have used some “alternative” methods to recruit good workers from these sites and others.
Take a look at that article too if you need some new ideas or are having a difficult time finding the right person for the job.