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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
- 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:
- Someone who will run with your project and not let go until it’s finished – to your satisfaction.
- Someone who is there all the time for you. This person’s word is as good as a deed. Milestones are finished on time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Skilled Ethereum developers adjust the platform to increasing traffic, meaning they know how to make it scalable.
- 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.
- 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.
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.