Making Your Project a Success at Rent A Coder
By Michael Sharp
Rent a Coder Top 10 Coder
Rent A Coder offers an exceptionally diverse pool of talent for you to choose
from – coders from every walk of life, working in virtually every programming
language and platform are available to work closely with you on your project.
Combine that with RAC’s secure, escrow based transactions and project management
tools and you have a formula for success that’s second to none!
Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran at Rent A Coder, I would like to
share some tips and strategies with you to help you make your new project a
Preparing Your Bid Request
Your bid request is the single most important step you’ll take here at RAC.
While preparing it, always keep in mind that the successful bidder you choose is
bidding on what he or she reads here.
State your project’s objective clearly and in plain language. If you’re unsure
of the terminology, don’t worry – the coders will most likely understand the
gist of it and ask for clarification where needed. Also remember that not
everyone is a native speaker of English, so try to avoid using obscure phrases
or slang that might be misunderstood or misinterpreted by a coder.
It’s easy to include attachments, so if you have a sketch of what the final
interface should look like or other related project files – upload them with
your bid. This helps expedite the bid process and saves you the effort of
sending them individually to every bidder.
It’s also helpful to prepare more detailed specifications beforehand. Usually,
if this is done is done in MS Word and attached to the bid request, you can
avoid having to answer a lot of redundant questions about your project.
Next, state your deliverables as clearly as possible – these are what you expect
to receive from the successful bidder. For example, if you need a setup program,
then this is the place to mention it.
Choose a realistic project completion date – in many cases buyers are in a hurry
to get their project finished, but you may want to consider this - “am I rushing
the project unnecessarily?” Quite honestly, a coder can only deliver top quality
work if you give him or her the time to do it. The deadline can also affect the
cost of the project – if you need it in the next 24 hours, it may cost more for
the extra effort.
If you have any special conditions be sure to list them clearly. For example, if
you need a Non-Disclosure Agreement signed, then tell the coders now.
Be sure to set a maximum price for your project. This tells coders exactly what
your upper limit is and avoids a lot of misunderstandings later on.
One last thought on bid preparation – depending on your project you may want to
consider breaking up into smaller pieces and hiring several different coders.
For instance, if you want a website built in ASP with high end graphics, you may
want to post one bid request for the ASP work and one for the graphics. Not
every coder can deliver high-end graphics, just as not every graphics artist can
deliver top quality ASP work – although this may take slightly more work on your
part, it allows you to obtain the best of both worlds!
Selecting a Coder
Now that your bid has been posted, you’re no doubt being inundated with bids
from all over the world. How you choose a coder is of course entirely up to you,
but before making a coder selection, it’s time to do a little background
research on the bids you’re considering.
Use the tools at RAC to help you make your final decision. For example, RAC
offers an online chat area for every bid request. Here’s your chance to meet
prospective coders and discuss your project in greater detail. It’s also an
opportunity to “get a feel” for who you’ll be working with.
While reviewing the replies to your bid request, take the time necessary to
review the coder’s profile. RAC provides an excellent system of coder profiles
and performance appraisals to help you make your decision. Past clients rate
coders, so you’ll have an opportunity to review their projects, performance
(including how long a project took) as well as a variety of other factors.
Don’t automatically reject a coder who doesn’t have a rating. This only means
that the coder is new to RAC and hasn’t started/completed a project yet. If an
un-rated coder is in your price range, you can bet that he or she is anxious to
do the best possible job in the hopes of getting that first rating from you!
Occasionally, I’ll see a bid request that restricts bids to coders from a
certain region. Consider this carefully – are you missing out on better quality
or price for the project because you restricted the work geographically? Thanks
to the Internet, this has never been a problem for me. Although I reside in
Greece, I’ve had clients all over the world and have never had difficulty
communicating with them despite the time differences. In most cases, it actually
pretty interesting to make friends from different cultures – makes for some
Still undecided? If all else fails, you can turn to a Rent A Coder Facilitator
for help in selecting a coder. They will help you make a decision on a coder
with a proven track record.
I’ve Awarded the Bid – Now What?
Once you’ve awarded the bid to a coder, you will have access to the coder’s
email address and vice-versa. Hopefully, the coder will contact you with in 24
hours to discuss the project, but just in case, feel free to contact the coder
Depending on the size of the project, it may be completed in an hour or take
several months. As your project progresses keep communications open with the
coder. I prefer to email my clients at least daily with progress reports. I also
like to hear from my clients with their feedback as it helps the project move
forward smoothly. In any case, this is your project, so you should decide how
you want to proceed and communicate this to the coder.
At this point about the only crucial issue that may come up are changes to the
scope of work. In my experience most coders are pretty flexible and
accommodating – but, if you need a major change to the original project, you may
need to renegotiate the price. This is why preparing the bid request is so
This Isn’t Working Out – What can I do?
Most coders will work diligently to complete your project as rapidly as
possibly, but unfortunately sometimes things just don’t work out the way a buyer
or coder thought they would.
Remember the RAC tools I mentioned earlier? Another tool to use is the private
messaging system. Make every effort to communicate the problems or your concerns
to the coder through the original bid request “private message” area. This
documents your efforts to resolve the difficulty before turning to RAC for
If you feel that the coder is not being responsive or meeting the project’s
objectives, you can involve the RAC facilitators to step in and arbitrate a
solution to the problem. The RAC Facilitators will make a conscientious,
unbiased effort to resolve the problem to everyone’s satisfaction.
They can be reached at
The Project’s Finished – Where do we go from here?
Terrific – if you’re like any of the thousands of satisfied buyers at RAC,
you’re no doubt thrilled with the finished project!
The last couple of things to do are easy – you need to return to RAC and accept
the project as completed. The coder can’t get paid until you do, so please
attend to this promptly – you’ll have a very happy coder on your hands!
Don’t forget to rate the coder on his or her performance on your project. This
is very, very, important to the coder because it affects the future projects
they receive. A few kind words here will really make the coder’s day!
Did the coder exceed your expectations on the project? One great way to reward
coders for exceptional work is to send them a bonus – you can do this from the
coder’s profile page.
I’ve Got Another Project – Can I use the same coder?
If you’ve established a good working relationship with a coder, you can set up a
private project for him or her through their profile page. If the coder isn’t
available, you can always set up another public bid on your project.
One last tip –To protect your own interests, it’s always a good idea to let RAC
handle the transaction in escrow. Although you may be tempted to work directly
with the coder, you’ll have no recourse if something goes wrong! With RAC’s
secure, escrow-based transactions, you can proceed with your project
comfortably, knowing that your project fee is safe in escrow until you decide
the project is completed.
I hope you find these tips helpful for creating your own bid requests and I want
to wish you the very best of luck on your own project!
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