There must be a better way to do this. I’m not interested in going down the oDesk route as with our freelancers I like to build a relationship with someone. This has worked really well for designers, we have three designers who do different things for us at Perch (UI/illustration and web) all of who are great, reliable and we can rely on them to do what they have said they will do, when they said they will do it. In return we don’t quibble over money, pay invoices by return and try not to delay things from our end by being disorganised.
PHP developers are a different matter entirely. Even getting people to reply to an initial “are you available?” email is difficult. Are all developers so awash with work at the moment that they don’t need to be professional in their communications with prospective clients?
It’s frustrating as we are happy to pay market rates, don’t try and drive down prices and - as developers ourselves - are able to communicate accurately what we need doing. It should be pretty easy for someone to look over an email and think “yes I have time/interest for this” or “nope - no time/not my thing” and send back a quick email.
If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them as my life at the moment seems to be a series of “did you get my email?” “could I have a status report?” communications.