Each month, companies grapple with finding Ethereum developers who are phenomenally qualified and cheap. Most companies end up finding this a contradiction in terms.

The following explains why.


Say you’re an entrepreneur looking for an Ethereum developer, here’s four places from which you can hire.

  1. Cheap Freelance Ethereum Developers

Cheap freelancers, online contract sites, overseas sweatshops, and other on-demand developers promise to build your blockchain, improve your applications, or program smart contracts for shockingly low prices and in record time.

The good thing is they’re cheap and may have honest intentions. The bad thing is they’re paid low enough to distract them from giving you their all, and may cut corners to save themselves time and money.

Not all remote developers are like that, but many companies find that paying bottom dollar often results in bottom work. Cheap developers may drop your project at the drop of their shoelaces, and no amount of frenzied petitioning can summon them. Absences and delays mess up your shipping targets and goals. They can wreak real havoc with your ICO launch and demote your brand. So before you look for a cheap freelancer, make sure he or she is there for you. If not, you’re a goner.

  1. Cheap Ethereum Development Firms

Certain cheap development companies are a great way to cut costs. And some cheap development companies may provide an awful way to lose money. Development firms come in all shapes and sizes. Shady development factories are the modern day “sweatshops” of the college graduate-cum-professional who’s looking to garner a resume, portfolio, and some money on the side. “Some money” is the key word, because such Ethereum software engineers will be working around the clock for shifty barrel-low wages like $200-500 a month, or $5 an hour.

Do you think you’d find anyone who would build high quality blockchain software or program a perfect smart contract for that amount? Unlikely. Code quality, performance, security, and scalability get thrown out the window. Result? A crappy product that reflects your discounted price.

So, if you’re looking into hiring a stunningly smart developer from cheap development companies – research their wares well!

  1. Outsourcing

Think of hybrid agencies, brokerage firms, and middle-of-the-road blockchain development services. These are firms that outsource to freelancers and/or to shady development firms. Some can deceive you by advertising an impressive array of gurus or experts. Think again.

Shady development firms are worryingly common in the tech community, where their newly graduated outsourced freelancers are presented to you as experienced in-house Ethereum software engineers. You may run up against the same obstacles as listed before: disappearing coders, shoddy workmanship, missed deadlines, unreliable standards, and a host of other “lovely” scenarios. Many companies find that they may as well have hired any cheap freelancer, since they end up funding both the shady firm and the freelancers that firm employs.

It’s the same old story: Investigate the firms, the profiles of their workers, and whether or not they are in-house, so you don’t rue the day you hired them.

  1. Full-Service, Professional Software Development: Paying for Top Talent

Smart, experienced Ethereum developers are extremely rare. In his 2015 book entitled The Business Blockchain, William Mougayar estimates that there are “only about 5,000 developers dedicated to writing software for cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and blockchain in general.” He admits that “perhaps another 20,000 had dabbled with the technology, or have written front end applications that connect with the blockchain.” He stressed that it’s well worth paying for this rare individual. Why? Because they’re incredibly valuable and give you precisely what you want and more.

With a local qualified Ethereum software developer, you get the following:

  1. Someone who will run with your project and not let go until it’s finished – to your satisfaction.
  2. Someone who is there all the time for you. This person’s word is as good as a deed. Milestones are finished on time.
  3. The product is highly well-designed. It’s safe, bug-free, and smooth, Users trust the interface enough to download the app and spend money on it.
  4. The high price stays as it is. In a reverse situation, your cheap dev may hand you a ballooned price tag from endless change requests.
  5. Skilled Ethereum developers adjust the platform to increasing traffic, meaning they know how to make it scalable.
  6. You get a future-oriented ledger. Smart contracts are deftly coded and bugs thwarted. The result? A blockchain that endures 20 or so years into the future.
  7. High quality. Repeated testing. Performance and security protocols implemented. The result? Money flows into your pocket rather than into the pockets of hackers.

True, you’ll spend more money the first time, but you will have a permanent blockchain. In contrast, go the cheap route and you’re at risk of building a house with a cracked foundation and moldy beams that will need to be dismantled to build anew.

In Short

To hire a skilled Ethereum developer, you’ll want to spend top dollar. Your Ethereum solution is more than an app; it’s a business that’s going to make you rich or poor. Hire the right developer and you’ll get an addictive interface and famous company that may well make you rich. After all, why do companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Visa spend so much money on their teams? They know the value of a good Ethereum software engineer.

Take the time to research your freelancer, firm, or agency. Be generous with your money. It’s worthwhile.

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How to Find Ethereum Developers

Presumably, you won’t just want to merely find an Ethereum developer, you’ll want to find a GOOD one. Ethereum software engineers are very different from regular web programming developers. Knowing what their job entails helps you to sift through the marketplace of software engineers and find your uncommon,  top-notch Ethereum developer.

The Six Challenges of Being an Ethereum Software Engineer

Building an infrastructure on Ethereum comes with its own set of challenges:

The need to build future-proof architectures

Ethereum is made up of smart contracts. What this means is that once uploaded, code on Ethereum can’t be easily changed or removed unless it is especially written in the code itself. Because Ethereum is decentralized, there are also no backdoors, or defects in the system to encourage hackers, so mistakes in the code can mean your company losing a lot of money if these smart contracts deal with funds.

A skilled Ethereum developer is 20 years ahead. He or she not only knows his or her stuff inside out but also dabbles with cutting-edge languages. A mediocre Ethereum developer may know an outdated Solidity version that is more convenient in its similarity to Java and C. The skilled programmer, in contrast, takes time to master the intricacies of advanced Solidity because he or she wants to protect the employer’s enterprise.

The importance and challenges of testing

Code stays forever. One slight flaw in the system, and you’ve got a bug that hackers can easily exploit. Bugs in other systems can be easily fixed. Not so with Ethereum, where it would mean the steady drip-drop of the platform’s money to hackers. Or, it would mean dismantling your platform and rebuilding your smart contracts from scratch.

An Ethereum developer tests the code in three stages: Local testing with a simulated environment, testing on a live test network (called testnet), before finally uploading to the main Ethereum network. You’d want an excellent dev to recognize and plug-in weak spots, so that your funds stay where they are – on the platform, rather than in the pockets of hackers.

The need to multi-sync

Great Ethereum developers multi-sync. They have to, for various reasons, one of which is that Ethereum has a block gap of 15 seconds, which means that the payment may be in limbo for 15 seconds while the deal is processed, verified, and accepted by the recipient. Ethereum developers have to write a lot of asynchronous code, first for the front-end to first issue the transaction, and then to update the front-end when the asynchronous response returns.

Flexibility, confidence and perseverance

Smart contracts can only store consensus-critical data, i.e., data that is connected to the transaction. Additionally, it is more difficult to get that information out of the smart contract if you want to use it for other purposes. As an example in point, Ujo is an open, global, machine-readable database of music usage rights. When the company first started, its Ethereum developers wondered how to program artist names and song titles into Ethereum, a project that would mean replicating thousands of names and billions of songs across each of the Ethereum nodes — a laborious and costly job. The team played around with systems for months, until they found a network that worked.

Skilled developers have to enjoy these technical challenges, have to have the patience to work through difficulties, and have to believe they can overcome them.

Tradeoffs between flexibility and safety

Ethereum programmers use Solidity. Initially, Solidity was designed to look like Javascript, but over time, has changed to meet new challenges. Many developers are attracted to the blockchain not only because of the big bucks but also because they mistakenly think that Solidity is an easy language, similar to Javascript and C. Few developers know the tools put into place to tighten smart contracts. Only the most alert ethereum developers follow cautionary protocols that include security philosophies; bug bounty program guidelines; and documentation and procedures. Such knowledge makes all the difference between a blockchain that functions for 20 or so years after you’ve built it — to one that leaks your funds.

Bottom line

Our essay to this point has described the qualities of a skilled Ethereum developer. Once you know those qualities, the rest is easy. Find Ethereum developers on platforms that include the following:

You may also want to advertise on AngelList and StackOverflow, or browse online blockchain-related forums like Bitcointalk, relevant Reddit subgroups, Gitter, or crypto channels like Slack or Discord. Many Ethereum software engineers work on real-world projects through platforms like HackerRank or GitHub. Additionally, you may want to visit blockchain meetups and developer conferences like Ethereum Devcon (i.e., Ethereum Foundation Developers Conference).

We here at Blockchain Developers, Inc. are world-class at helping you find and hire the talented Blockchain developers you need to grow. Just fill out our contact form, and we’ll be happy to see if we can help!