5+ Strategies to Find Developers in 2021

May.26.2021

You've decided it: that crazy app idea you had in mind, you're going to turn it into a reality! The only problem is you don't quite know any programming language. So what are you going to do? Well, the only solution left is to find developers and give them the technical work. 

 

But hiring a developer can get messed up, especially if you're doing it for the first time. That is why we have created a guide of strategies to assist you in finding developers and choosing the best one of them. 

 

That said, without further adieu, let's jump into: 

 

How to Find Developers in 2021 

 

There are many ways you can find developers nowadays. In recent years, the IT-sphere became very popular, and many young people started doing their degrees in Computer Science or similar programs. Anyways, your developer might even not have a BA in that sphere as it is very easy to learn programming languages today. There are millions of online courses that give you the basic knowledge absolutely for free, and you can later dive deeper into it with seminars, offline courses, events, and so on. 

 

So the chances are that even some of your friends might do freelance development on the side, without you knowing it. But the question remains: how can you find a software developer? Now some of the most popular places to look for them are: 

 

Freelance developer platforms

 

The freelancing platforms have all types of professionals offering you their freelance services. So it is a place to check out. Here's a list of most-advised freelance developer platforms. 

 

 

Toptal is one of the most famous freelancing platforms. It has more than $200 million annual revenue, and it is growing by each year. Toptal is known for its highly professional freelancers. In fact, 90% of clients hire the first freelancer that Toptal introduced to them. To be short, you can get the best experts on this platform. The only thing to be aware of is that it might be a little pricier than you expected. 

 

If you ever heard about freelancing platforms, you should have heard about Upwork too. Upwork is the largest freelancing platform out there, and almost all freelancers have tried Upwork at least at one point in their career. Yes, there are many good freelancers on this platform, but beware: you might also come across some scam accounts. So, analyze the profiles and reviews before trusting your project to the freelancer. 

 

 

Finally, our last platform on the list is Ithire. You might not have heard about them as they are relatively new to the market, but we promise they are worth trying. The cool thing about Ithire is that it gathers only the best professionals and is focused on the IT sector only. It means you can get true specialists here.

 

 The other advantage of Ithire over the other platforms is that the prices here are pretty affordable. Plus, they have a project manager aligned with each freelancer to help you control the workflow easier. 



Developer Communities & Forums 

 

Another way to find a developer is by skimming through the places they gather: a.k.a. developer communities and forums. 

 

  • Stack Overflow 

 

If you want to find developers online, Stack Overflow is the best platform to do so. It is a website where programmers give questions and get answers regarding different aspects of their job. Although this is a place where people come to learn, you can use it for your purposes. 

 

  • GitHub 

 

GitHub is the largest development platform in the world. So there is no chance that a good developer is not a part of their community. What does this mean? You should check them 

out! 

 

  • Quora 

 

Finally, another place where developers come to solve their issues is Quora. You can look at some popular question threads and find a developer from there. Another thing you can do is to use Quora itself as a medium. Ask the community to help you to find a good developer, and you'll get a bunch of offers in an instant. 



Social Media 

 

Now, who does not use social media these days? It would be unfair not to mention some of the social media platforms in this list. So let's start with the most professional one: 

 

  • LinkedIn 

Yes, you guessed it, LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional platform where people mainly visit to update their professional portfolio or find new jobs. You can post a job offer on LinkedIn, briefly introducing your requirements and expectations from the potential developer. In a few days, you'll have pretty good CV-s sent to your inbox.

 

  • Facebook Groups 

 

Here you can find a large pool of developers for hire. Search for Facebook groups named "Freelance developers" or "All about developing" and request them to join the group. Once you're in, you can post a status saying you look for a good developer. Again, your inbox will be flooded with resumes. 

 

  • Twitter 

 

And the last social media platform you can use is Twitter. Shout out to the world that you need a good developer, and don't forget to use hashtags. Today almost everyone has a Twitter account, so the chances are high that this method will work. 

Developer Blogs 

 

You can use developer blogs to contact the writers and offer them your position. Here are some of the blogs that will come in handy: 

 

  • Medium 

 

Medium is a famous American publishing platform where you can find articles on almost all topics. You can search for development-related posts and contact the writer of the most acclaimed article. 

 

  • Free Code Camp 

 

This one is more of a learning platform. However, it also has a large community around it who constantly engage through online publications, forums, and chat rooms. 

 

  • Better Programming 

 

And finally, the last one on our blog list is Better Programming. Again it is used by programmers for learning purposes. However, you can bend the platform to match your needs and contact the writers who write the "how-to" articles. 

 

Referrals 

 

Old but gold referrals will never come out of fashion. You can find some of the best professionals simply with the help of your acquaintances and friends. Ask them whom they would advise, and you'll get to know various good professionals who can be trusted. 

 

So if you know that in your personal network, there might be people who have worked with awesome developers, ask them who they were. Most of the time, Referrals are the simplest and most affordable solution. 



Other Ways to Find Developers 

 

You can also go with the hard path and try to find developers with paid advertisements. However, it is pointless as there are so many free ways to get your job offer out there that paying for it is merely a waste of resources. 

 

However, almost all the strategies mentioned above were online. An offline way to do the same thing is to contact your local agencies and ask for face-to-face interviews. If you love the old manner of doing stuff, then this might work perfectly for you. 



Wrap Up

 

There are many ways to find developers, but the easiest one is to hire them through freelancing platforms. You can also skim through their communities and forums, check out their blogs, or find them through social media platforms. More conventional manners include referrals and offline meetings with local agencies. 

 

Whichever strategy you choose, make sure you conduct a meticulous interview to choose only the best of the best. All we're left to say is good luck!