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How to approach developers and get the best people for your project

The final part of our ‘How to find the right developer for you’ tells you exactly how to approach developers, making sure you get the best people for your project.

Not sure who to approach; agency or developer? Check out the first in our series, Agency vs. Freelancer: How to find the right developer for you

How to approach your developer

Approaching your developer, like any other agency or freelancer, starts with a simple brief. Make sure you know exactly what you need, for example, a new booking system or the integration of data capturing forms that feed through to your CRM system.

Your developer of choice might reach out with some additional questions, so it’s worth adding these points into your initial email:

  • Aim of the project: What do you want to achieve, or what are you looking for the developer to do?
  • Current CMS: What is your current CMS? This is one of the first things your developer is going to ask, so it’s worth mentioning this straight away.
  • Budget: It’s important to have even a rough idea of what your budget will be because, if it’s not enough to cover the cost of everything you want to do, you might need to reconsider your budget or scale your project back.

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  • Deadline: Freelancers in particular will need to take deadlines into consideration before quoting for you. Due to other commitments, they’ll need to know if they can fit your work in ahead of your deadline. 
  • When was the last time a developer looked at your site: Now, this may sound like a non-essential mention, but it’ll give a potential project developer a good idea of what to expect. During the months or years your website has been developer-free, there might have been some important updates to your plugin and any core update that are required to ensure your changes are successful. Your developer will want to take these into consideration ahead of quoting their time for your project.

How much should you budget?

A bit like hiring a designer or business consultant, you really do get what you pay for. You can always find a developer for your budget, but depending on your needs, it could cost you anywhere from a couple of thousand pounds or dollars, to a lot more. 

One thing we can guarantee is that, with the right developer for you, your money will be well spent. 

You’re all set

We hope you found this eGuide helpful in your quest to find the right developer for you. From understanding what different types of developers do, to how to get the most out of your money, you’ll now have all the knowledge you need to find the right developer for you. 

Looking for an agency? Maybe we can help. We’re Powered by Coffee and we’re WordPress specialists. We tend to work with clients who need help managing lots of content, monetizing their audience, and building innovative code integrations. 

If we’re not what you’re looking for, we could introduce you to some of our friends. We’re a silver WordPress VIP Partner, meaning we’re part of a worldwide partnership network of agencies who offer a whole host of skills and experience. We have no doubt that one of them could help you with your project. Why not get in touch?

Looking For An Agency? Maybe We Can Help.

We’re Powered by Coffee and we’re WordPress specialists. We tend to work with clients who need help managing lots of content, monetizing their audience, and building innovative code integrations. 

If we’re not what you’re looking for, we could introduce you to some of our friends. We’re a silver WordPress VIP Partner, meaning we’re part of a worldwide partner network of agencies who offer a whole host of skills and experience. We have no doubt that one of them could help you with your project. Why not get in touch?

Coral Wood

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