I need to outsource the development of my website. Need it good quality (clean code) on a small budget.
I consult with clients who are looking for the right outsourcing situation all the time, and the best way to get started is to figure out what kind of outsourcing partner will be the best 'fit' for your needs. After that, it's easy to find out where that type of outsourcing partner/contractor/freelance hangs out and pick a winner.
Try writing up some notes about things like:
1) You mentioned you had a small budget - how small? If your budget is $1500 your options are going to be very different than if it's $25,000. Both of those could be considered 'small budgets' in the right context, so try to put a number out there.
2) You also mentioned that you wanted 'good quality, clean code'. What does this mean and are you willing to pay for that? If you are building an MVP and are really short on funds, you might have to use a less senior developer/team and take the risk of getting sloppier code - but sometimes with an MVP that's ok! If you are building a production app, that's a different story.
3) What is your technical and management expertise? Can you create specifications and manage a developer on your own (not easy to do)? If so, you can save money by using a freelancer, etc. If you are very non-technical and will need PM support, you might consider a small group or agency.
4) What does 'website development' involve, in your vision? Design? Copywriting? QA? Server migration and admin? ui/ux?
5) What is your tolerance for going offshore? You will hear lots of people saying that offshore teams all suck, and lots of people saying that they did it and it went fine. Like most software projects, there is a high failure rate but lots of success with offshore. You can save a ton of money, but you can also take a bath so you need to consider whether you are up to the challenge or not - going offshore takes much more patience, attention, documentation, etc. but it can work.
6) What are the skills/tech that you will need? It's best to get a team that is great at the skills you need. If you want a ruby site, hire a ruby shop. If you want a augmented reality site, find a team that is great at that. Watch out for the generalists :)
By thinking through questions like the above, you can change your statement from "Where do you go for outsourcing website development" to something like this:
"I am looking for an outsourcing partner who would be interested in a 15k-20k project that will be build in python. This application will be evolved into our production app so the quality must be good. I am a good project manager and will work with the developer on the requirements/spec side, and help test. We will need application/db design and development, server administration, and technical support but all design, content, copy, ui/ux will be provided. We will consider offshore teams but you must have excellent spoken english."
When you expand your 'what we're looking for' paragraph, the whole search for outsourcing partner gets much easier! If you like, feel free to give me a call and share your 'vendor profile' with me and I can help point you in the right direction.
I have used two very reliable websites: http://Guru.com and http://www.freelancer.com
You asked what to look for? Both websites offer reviews on all hired companies, so you can read the reviews and feedback.
Also, very important: Look for a company who actually answers your request and responds "personally" to your project. What I mean by that statement is that some people paste a canned response which they use for all responses. That does not tell me that they can do the job. Make people tell you how they will accomplish YOUR project and not just anyone's.
I also have used other sites, but these two were the best to me.
Website dev? or Web Application?
If web site you can build it yourself or see your local Craig/Kijiji list to find a person/company. As well as using oDesk.
As for WebApp.. well this is a whole other story. This typically take a lot of planning and logic to be figured out and setting end goal results and milestones.
I have used companies from Odesk Freelancer as well as local. I had problems with all.
If you can find local you will be more happy as timezone does play an important roll. Just because you think you can get it build for $6k in India will not mean that it is what you want and good code.
You have to find a reputable company and that is done by research or trial and error which cost time and money.
The other advice is spot-on.
I have been partnered with an offshore development center in India for four years on behalf of a couple clients. I have also used elance and managed development projects with developers from Pakistan, Guatemala, Romania, and China. I would not use any of them again except the ODC in India.
They provide outsource, offshore developers that work directly with you or your onshore team leader while you work directly with me to make the arrangements and make sure the relationship and work runs smoothly.
If you are looking for development on a budget, give me a free call using the link below.