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DanGleibitz
4th June 2010, 12:54 PM
Suppose a person had designed an app but didn't have the time or inclination to learn Cocoa Touch. How would this person go about getting the app built? Are there companies that specialise in providing programming services, or some networking site where people free-lance?

iTy
4th June 2010, 12:56 PM
oDesk or eLance but be wary and be diligent in how you choose your provider.

Once you find a good one, don't let them go.

DanGleibitz
4th June 2010, 01:30 PM
Thanks, I'll check them out. I'm surprised to see so many people working for such cheap rates (<$40/hr)...

BoxDog
4th June 2010, 01:31 PM
I guess that's just the simple economics of supply and demand at force. It kinda makes me glad I didn't put the effort into learning Cocoa Touch if there's 1000 outsourcers out there who'd do the heavy lifting for me!

grep
4th June 2010, 08:48 PM
Thanks, I'll check them out. I'm surprised to see so many people working for such cheap rates (<$40/hr)...

That's also the global economy at work.

You do need to be careful in terms of selecting suppliers. I lived with a freelancer for several years who both derived income from freelancing and engaged freelancers for various services complimentary to their business. The stories of woeful providers and poor service were often pointed out to me. Some providers can seem to be great value for money but you do get what you pay for. It's very important that you carefully check profiles, portfolio and feedback. Some providers can quite bad in terms of communication or missing timescales.

It's also important to point out that some buyers can be particularly unprofessional in the way they work with freelancers ... to the point of expecting way too much, rude attitude or general abusiveness.

iTy
4th June 2010, 11:19 PM
I guess that's just the simple economics of supply and demand at force. It kinda makes me glad I didn't put the effort into learning Cocoa Touch if there's 1000 outsourcers out there who'd do the heavy lifting for me!

I would at least try to get a good handle on the high level concepts. If you have absolutely no clue, then you will find it difficult to choose from all suppliers who bid for your project.