Hello everyone and welcome to one of the most exciting editions of the
Hussey Coding blog that we have ever published!
Today we can finally reveal some details on the super-secret project our team of developers have been busy working on over the past few months.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you...
In this blog, we will look at
- What is Developer Connection?
- Why Developer Connection?
- The traditional market place - How it works
- What's different about Developer Connection?
What is it?
Developer Connection is a Magento specific marketplace for Magento developers and clients to connect, post projects, receive work and to create long-lasting, professional and meaningful relationships.
Why Developer Connection?
Yes, it's true, there are so many other marketplaces out there already, UpWork, PeoplePerHour, GoLance, TopTal, so why on earth are we starting something new?
We believe that we have a different take on matching quality clients with quality developers in a new and innovative way not found anywhere else in the market.
The traditional market place - How it works
As we've said, there are many other market places out there where you can post and acquire work. Though there are some subtle variations between how they do things, for the most part, they all operate the same way.
A client will create an account (usually free but sometimes not) and be asked to answer some questions before posting a project, things like what industry, project description, budget, project length, that sort of thing. Some times they may need to pay a fee to post and sometimes not.
Then a bidding war begins where developers will reply to a project post with offers of reduced cost or completion before the deadline to "win" the project. Of course, that all depends on what the client has posted in their project description! If that description lacks accuracy, then a proposal to finish the work in 3-4 weeks could become longer, potentially bringing about an unhealthy sometimes strained relationship between client and developer.
Some sites will limit the number of proposals a client will receive or will match clients with developers based on predetermined specifics. Ultimately, however, it is down to the client who gets the project.
The site will then encourage clients to stick with and work through their site using a range of different options. For example, direct messaging developers on the site, tracking developers work using the sites log system or being able to pay the developer through the site. Everything in one place where you can see it all and keep track of every little thing that's happening, that's amazing ... right? Maybe not.
Let's say a client needs some updates to their code, project length is 3-4 weeks. They post their project, find a developer they like after an hour or so of scrolling through offers and decide to give them the job.
Now let's say that the developer is paid £2,000 by the client who MUST use the sites payment method to send any and all payments. Then the site will take anywhere between 7% - 20% of that £2,000 as a cut for the privilege of working through them! Meaning that the developer either needs to charge the client more (£2,140 - £2,400) or take a pay cut (£1,860 - £1,600).
As a client, this is not something that you hear about that often, in fact, all but one of the websites that we looked at never mention this process happening at all. The one that did refer to it required quite a bit of digging to find the reference. So the question now is, why is this process never advertised? Simply because they are all geared to attracting clients and, all of them encourage clients to work through them. The other thing is that developers risk being banned from marketplace sites for attempting to or actually doing work outside of that site. As it stands those marketplaces are where a lot of developers find the work they need to live and so can't afford the risk, so what looks like a good deal for the clients actually ends up costing them more.
What's different about Developer Connection?
- Magento Specific
Developer Connection is specific to Magento. You don't need to be searching through a general marketplace for clients or developers for that perfect Magento match, they will all be in one, easy to find, place.
- Gathering information
The process of creating a profile is simple but more in-depth. This gives both client and developer all the relevant information they need right from the start. Clients can post detailed projects with relevant specifications using our simple project creation form while developers can create in-depth profiles showcasing the work they have done and, highlighting the skills they have.
- It's easy to use
For clients, all you need to do is join, create a project and be matched with developers.
For developers it's much the same, you join, create a profile, subscribe and get matched with clients right away.
We'll go into posting projects, creating profiles and how matching works over the coming weeks, but I promise you it's literally that quick and easy!
There is no need for Developers to write proposal after proposal after proposal any more! No need for clients to spend half a day scrolling through a multitude of offers! The reality is that even though traditionally it needs to be done, no one really has the time for it.
- We work with you
There is nothing worse for clients than having a developer with only one eye on the ball and for developers to be juggling too many clients. Developer Connection will help with that, as a developer all you need to do is enter the number of hours you are available to work in a week, then when you become involved in a project this will be automatically considered before matching you to any new projects. Meaning that for clients, you can be sure that all developers matched to your projects are actually available to work on them and for developers, you won't become snowed under with more work than you can handle.
- We just connect you
Developer Connection is there to match clients with developers ... that is all!
You do not need to work through us.
We take no a 0% cut of the work that is done.
You are free to communicate between yourselves independently of the DC service, no strings attached!
So let's take that example project from earlier and run it through the DC service to see how it compares.
We said that a client needs some updates to their code and the project length is 3-4 weeks. They post their project on DC and are matched with developers (more on that in another blog). They pick the developer they like and offer them the work.
Now let's say that the developer takes home £2,000 from the project, DC takes a 0% cut for the privilege of working through us meaning that the client pays £2,000 and the developer receives £2,000. It's that simple!
Click HERE to begin your Developer Connection journey today!
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