View Full Version : Hiring a coder

10-10-2007, 10:56 PM
Can someone recommend me a good place to pay to get my project coded.I had a look at rentacoder.com , maybe someone knows an alternative / better place . Thanks.

Mario F.
10-11-2007, 06:36 AM
I definitely don't recommend rentacoder. The bid thing is ludicrous, almost pathetic and it would be laughable if not for the fact real money is in the center of it. If you need a coder, hire one, don't bid for one.

Sites like rentacoder offer little to no guarantees your money will be well applied on someone who actually knows how to program or someone who is actually interested in working instead of milking you.

On this CBoard, the Projects and Job Recruitment board is a good place for you to advertise your need for a coder. Like this board, there are many others out there where you can do the same. When you get someone to reply, interview them over email or MSN and demand nothing less than them be willing to be interviewed.

Some websites are already offering coders for hire. I've seen prices anywhere from maybe 300 USD to 1500 USD mo. Search google for "hire coder". Send emails to the support or sales team. Ask about their business. Never pay upfront for anything.

Also, publish ads on local/country-wide newspapers if you must. In the end, the web is the last place you want to be looking to hire a programmer. Sad, but true.

10-11-2007, 06:46 AM
I doubt this is for school, but just in case I've had a couple of professors who told stories of how rent-a-coder programmers tip off teachers (how I don't know) but I had a teacher who was tipped off of a student asking for a project by a programming teacher in England.

10-11-2007, 12:49 PM
From what I've seen school 'projects' if you call them that look so simple I cannot imagine why anyone would need to rent someone to code it.

10-11-2007, 02:34 PM
Ive used rentacoder a few times. The thing you have to realize is that most of the coders on there are doing it in their spare time to make a few extra bucks. You shouldnt expect 'here write this application and have it ready to shrink wrap by tuesday' type results, but for small subsections of a project Ive had a fair amount of success. Try to keep the part you subcontract to a small focused goal with little room for interpretation. For example,

Write a simple system service skeleton that executes a user defined function foo(), compiles under Visual Studio 6.0 and does not use MFC.

Simple, straight forward, no imagination required. Something I could easily do myself if I wanted to commit suicide by boredom. I got a guy to do it for $50 and used the skeleton to build several major applications for my company. Subcontracting that part out let me focus on the more comlex parts of the application that actually required me to have proprietary knowledge that we couldnt subcontract.