I know there are a ton of job boards, and there is even Craigslist, but for anyone that’s ever tried to find someone great it’s so hard to do. Place an ad on Craigslist, outline specific requirements and all you get is emails from everyone else.
I am a local WordPress developer who runs a very small development team. There are currently three of us. I have built several long term relationships with design and development agencies who send me work.
What I am seeking is an intermediate WordPress developer. Someone who can be part of a team. My workflow would involve handing over a PSD and project specs, and expecting to return a WordPress theme that looks “exactly” like the PSD.
I’m looking for someone who may not know it all but would like to learn. Someone who would enjoy marking up the theme, and then handing it over to myself or one of my senior developers to finish it off as needed (integrating any advanced functionality)
If you can do it all, I am also very open to speaking with you as well, but from experience you just don’t find those people as they already have all the work they can handle.
I pay flat rate typically from $300-$500 per site. Which I think is more than fair based on the amount of work being completed.
If you’re interested, or know someone awesome please give me a shout.
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I have to agree with @chrisburton. For $500 (the upper limit of your pay), you’d get about half a days of work out of me, so 4 hours. Trust me, a good theme that is looking as close to exactly to your PSD will take a lot more than 4 hours, especially since you should consider that it also needs to be crossbrowser.
Outside of just pure PSD-to-markup/CSS, there’s also the purely WordPress/PHP parts of a theme. Functionality, and such.
If you’re only paying that much for the development, you’re either cheating the developer (if you get paid a lot more), or you’re cheating both yourself and your developer.