As we near the end of our series looking at the new Magento marketplace, Developer Connection, it's time to ask the big money question ... literally! Today we are looking at the what it costs to use Developer Connection as both a client and developer.
In this blog we will look at
- Traditional pricing
- Developer Connection - Simple pricing for clients
- Developer Connection - Simple pricing for developers
Most, but not all, will allow both clients and developers to sign up to their service for free, which is pretty much where all the free stuff stops.
A client will be enticed with the illusion of free tools to use, free payments to freelancers, free tracking of a freelancers progress etc. but in reality it's not free at all. For the privilege of being able to find and connect with all of the clients the site has encouraged to use their site a freelancer will either need to pay or have X% taken from the money sent to them through that sites payment plan from the client. This is the sites cut and the size of the cut depends on how much the job is worth, most sites state that the more you earn the less percent their cut will be, making it incredibly difficult for freelancers who are just starting out or who only have enough time for smaller jobs to make any money at all.
The freelancer now needs to decide if they will take a pay cut and only charge the client their normal fee, having the X% deducted from that, if they will up their fee so that the client pays the cut to the site or if they will up their fee enough so the client pays a portion of the cut but not all.
Please bare in mind that this is a typical example and not now each site works specifically. Some sites for example will charge the client the extra and not the freelancer.
In our research we saw that some sites will charge from 5% extra, depending on the cost of the project, and some will charge a staggering 20% extra, again, depending on the project. All of these figures are obviously available on their respective sites but they are not front and centre, in fact on one site we had to search through 5 pages of information to find these figures.
Here at Hussey Coding we think that this method causes distrust and uneasy relationships between clients and freelancers and so we are changing the game!
How much a project will cost to post will all depend on the options you chose, for example choosing a single developer for your project is free, hiring a team of say 20 developers will cost more however the total cost will be calculated for you before you click to create a project and as we said above it is a one off payment, once you click to create you are all paid up and ready to go!
Then all you need to do is sit back and wait while the service automatically matches you with the amount of developers you asked to be matched with, pick a developer and your project is underway.
Once you have subscribed and set up your profile you can be automatically matched to an unlimited amount of client projects based on your profile, you won't need to be writing new proposals over and over with Developer Connection as your profile is your proposal so it's very important to spend some time developing and perfecting it.
After connecting with a client and agreeing to work together then you are free to work independently of Developer Connection, you can communicate how you like, work how you like, track how you like and not have to conform to the rigidity of a big brother style freelancer site. What's more is that whatever you earn from a project you get to keep 100% of it! We take a 0% cut from your work, nothing, nada, zip, it's all yours!
BUT WAIT! There's more! If you head to www.DeveloperConnection.co.uk right now you can take advantage of our incredible 50% limited time discount for all clients and developers! So what are you waiting for?
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