1. Go to Rentacoder’s search page. Type in the specific skill you’re seeking in the site’s “Search for” field. If you need C++ skills, type in “C++”. If you need flash design skills, type in “flash design”. Then pre-filter the results with the following criteria:
* Coder rating. (We recommend “9” and above. Anything else indicates “emerging” skill and talent.)
* Completed job number. (Find coders who’ve completed at least 2 – 3 jobs a month. If you want a coder with 1 year of experience, enter 24 or 36. If you want a coder with 5 years experience, enter 120 or 180.)
* Last log in date. (Solicit coders who’ve checked into the website within the last month.)
* Top coder status. (Work with coders who are compelled to achieve recognition and keep it once they get it.)
* Expert Rating status. (Find coders who can prove adequate knowledge.)
* Country. (Eliminate language and syntax problems by working with native coders.)
* Time zone. (Avoid delays by soliciting coders in your own time zone.)
* City. (Optional — But a great option should there be a need to physically meet somewhere.)
2. Invite all the coders in the resulting search results to bid on your project.
3. Order the list of bid responses by the number of jobs in progress. Hide the coders that seem inundated with work.
4. Look at coder work histories and find a job that’s similar to your current bid request. Then evaluate the feedback for that job. If you don’t see any similar jobs, move on to the next coder.
5. Request and review sample work from the coders that have made the cut this far. Make sure the sample is something you’d buy for yourself.
6. If you’re not satisfied with what you’ve got – something may be wrong with your bid. Up the ante and offer more money, a longer deadline, and/or more creative freedom. These three characteristics **always** attract higher quality coders!
Nicole Miller is an ExpertRating certified outsourcing solutions provider for new and/or intermediate Internet-based B2B markets. Learn how to use Rentacoder like a pro http://www.outsource2documaker.com/2008/12/outsourcing-book.html
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