How To Find A Developer

The question everyone is wondering.  Below is my email response that I sent to someone about a year ago.  Although, the email is dated– the advice is solid and I would like to share it with you.

 

Question:

(1) Where exactly can I find a reliable developer? I have been looking online and I have found some larger development firms that I can get into contact with, but they are charging anywhere from $50-$100 per hour and I think that might be out of our price range.  And, some of the listings for individual developers I’m not sure I could trust.  I’m having a hard time figuring out what kind of situation is normal here.

 

Ian,

The only way to find a reliable developer is to hustle and network.  Pitch your idea in an engaging and exciting way so that others want to join your team and feed off your energy.  If a developer believes in what you are doing, they will join your team.
Two primary reasons: 1. Money 2. Belief in your vision
Since you don’t have money, you will need to sell them on your idea.  It’s not good enough just to find someone who knows how to code.  You need to find someone who is excited about what you are building.
As I mentioned in the email prior, give equity.  If there are 2 of you now, and you are looking for a developer (ie. a 3rd person), then split the company equally 3 ways.  33% 33% 33% (and some decimals).
Remember, although this equity strategy is a route you can take– It will not be successful if you don’t sell the idea properly.  There are 1 million other people out there trying the exact same thing as you.
So find your x factor and make it happen.
Best,
Mike

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