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How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen

How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen
Do you have an idea for a website, online business, or application, but need a programmer to turn that idea into reality? Many of my friends have been in the same position, so here's my best advice, below. But first, a quick request: If you are a programmer, please leave a reply below with YOUR best advice. Feel free to include your URL and email for anyone to contact you. I know my advice is not complete, (and you may totally disagree!), so any further advice is appreciated. 1. First read my short “Version Infinity” article. Dream the big dream of everything your site/service/company might be some day, and write it all down. But then think of the bare minimum that would make you happy, and people would find useful. Call this Version 1.0. A programmer is much more likely to say, “I can do that!” Your goal here is just to get Version 1.0 built. 2. Again, remember: only describe Version 1.0. Leave off all details that the programmer doesn't need to know. Be succinct. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  Virtual assistant

Why Fiverr Sucks for Freelancers If you do business online, you’ve probably heard of Fiverr, home of the $5 gig. Things you can have done on Fiverr range from graphic design, marketing and advertising, programming, and whole bunch of other (sometimes strange) things. The lure of Fiverr is that each “gig” is only $5. When a gig has reached a minimum number of sales, the gig provider can add “gig extras” to increase their offerings within that same gig and generate additional revenue. However, the base of the gig remains $5. With the luster of receiving such awesome services for only $5, it’s easy to see why Fiverr has a large customer base. Undervaluing Services $5 per gig is cheap. I will admit that if your gig involves very little time commitment to deliver, then $3.58 may not be something to complain about. Commissions When your gig sells, Fiverr takes $1 for every $5 you make, or 20%. Once Fiverr takes their cut, you will have to wait 2 weeks from the gig completion date to be able to withdraw your balance. Results

queadluun-rau « An Eye for Things Miriya’s red Queadluun-Rau from the Macross DYRL movie is one of the most memorable mechas. In Macross Frontier, the Zentradi Klan Klang pilots a red Queadluun-Rau! Klan Klang's Queadluun-Rau in Macross Frontier's Episode 4 Klan Klang's Queadluun-Rau in the Macross Quarter Bandai has a toy replica, which is 12.5cm tall (4.9 inches), as part of the Robot Damashii / Robot Spirits line! Box One sheet of instructions There is a pilot figure of Klan Klang inside! Close-up of Klan Klang pilot figure (she's not removable) Klan Klang in her pilot suit looks like she did in the Macross Frontier TV series. The missile pods on the shoulders have a cover that can open and close. Shoulder missile pod Two sets of leg missile pod covers The back of the Q-R looks pretty much the same as the back of the Q-R from DYRL, except Klan Klang’s Q-R has a big cannon and two red thingies on the shoulders. Rear view of the Queadluun-Rau Finally, how big is this Q-R relative to Yamato’s Q-R? Bandai’s is much shorter!

How to Hire Your First Employees - Small Business TipsConsider whether you can outsource tasks to consultants or free-lancers before hiring someone on staff.Referrals from friends, advisers and industry colleagues are often the most efficient way to find new employees.Look for candidates used to smaller organizations and don't focus on those with big-business credentials who may be accustomed to having a lot of rules to follow. Entrepreneurs preparing to hire their first employees should proceed with caution. It’s costly to commit to an employee’s salary and benefits. And what start-up can afford to have even one employee who isn’t working to full capacity? Firing an employee can mean not only severance pay (and sometimes litigation), but also time and resources devoted to finding a replacement. The first questions start-ups typically wrestle with are whom to hire, when and where to find good candidates. What position to fill first will differ for each company, depending on industry, location and the skills of the founders.

How to make Angry Birds – part 1 Hello and welcome back to my blog! This time I’m going to try something new. There are many tutorials for various techniques and tricks on the web, but what you don’t often see is one that takes you through the development of a game, step by step from start to finish. This is what I’m going to attempt here. I hope that it will provide some missing insight into the components that actually make up a working game and how to go about developing them. I’m going to assume the reader is familiar with the basics of game development and I’m going to concentrate on the art and programming. Angry Birds So, the game I’m going to be making is to be based on the extremely popular Angry Birds by Rovio, a AAA title which cost some $140k USD to make. Angry Birds Obviously, since its just me making this I will have to take a few short-cuts and will be concentrating on the core part of the game. Cloning Analysis Ok, lets have a look at the requirements for a bare-bones version of the game: Graphics Code Camera

Per Asteroid ad Astra | Geograffitico | - Wissen Mein Schreibtisch wird leider nicht leerer, und so wird’s auch heute bei einem englischsprachigen Lesehinweis bleiben (der hoffentlich nicht wieder an einer unerwartenen Paywall stecken bleibt, wie bei meinem letzten Eintrag. Heute geht es um die Raumfahrtpläne der Obama-Regierung, genauer gesagt, um den Anspruch, bis zum Jahr 2025 ein bemanntes Raumschiff zu einem Asteroiden zu schicken, dem die Zeitung USA Today heute ihre Coverstory gewidmet hat. Ist vielleicht nicht die profundeste Quelle, aber eine, die sicher genaug Anstoß zur Diskussion liefert, um eine Erwähnung auch hier zu rechtfertigen. “Bis zum Jahr 2025 rechnen wir mit neuen Raumschiffen, die für lange Reisen entwickelt wurden und uns erlauben werden, die ersten bemannten Missionen jenseits des Mondes in die Tiefen des Alls zu schicken. hatte der Präsident am 15 April versprochen. Die Frage schneidet der Artikel natürlich auch an, aber eine Antwort darauf kann man sich selbst nach der Lektüre nicht bilden.

untitled So you want to be a consultant...? Or: Why work 8 hours/day for someone else when you can work 16 hours/day for yourself? I've been a consultant of one form or another since 1985 when I started my old company, V-Systems, with a friend from college, and actually did bits and pieces of consulting as early as 1982. I have been asked often about the business, and I decided to write this up. Please note that I am providing observations from my own personal experience, but I am not providing tax or legal advice. You need to pay somebody for that, and I'm not qualified. Furthermore, I am not even attempting to make this a comprehensive guide for everything required by one in or contemplating the consulting business. These sections (except the last) aren't in any particular order. There are many ways of structuring a self-employed practice, and I'll touch on two that are at different ends of the spectrum. Contracting Consulting Consulting maxim: You must give the customer The Warm Fuzzy Feeling™ Anecdote: Have "customers", not "clients"

How can I keep someone from stealing my great app idea? | AppMuse If you have the next million-dollar app idea, it’s only natural to be concerned about telling someone what it is. Unless you’re a programmer and are planning to code your app yourself, the problem is it’s going to be pretty hard to find a mobile app developer to code your app if you won’t tell the developer your idea. So … how can you protect your idea when discussing its details with a developer or advisor? We get asked this question all the time. Here are some things to think about. Get a Non-Disclosure Agreement. With respect to protection of ideas, there’s a decent case to be made that “great” app ideas are a dime a dozen; it is the execution of your vision (design, coding, implementation, and marketing) that makes a successful project. If you have other thoughts about protecting mobile app ideas, leave a comment.

How Three Germans Are Cloning the Web A purple rooster sculpture made from recycled grape Fanta bottle labels. Clocks designed to hang in corners. Bauhaus posters from the 1920s. Hand-painted vintage typewriters. These are some of the carefully curated objects for sale on, the fast-growing flash-deal site for designer goods. Launched out of a loft in New York City’s Garment District last June, Fab had sales of $20 million in its first six months and is on track to earn $100 million in 2012. Six months after Fab launched, it was knocked off. Fab vs. Bamarang is the creation of Oliver, Marc, and Alexander Samwer, a trio of German brothers who have a wildly successful business model: Find a promising Internet business, in the U.S., and clone it internationally. The Samwers’ base of operations is a startup accelerator in Berlin called Rocket Internet. Groupon (GRPN) got cloned by the Samwers two years ago, and the results were expensive for the daily-deal site. EBay’s business model appealed to them from the start.

Mickey Mouse, amphetamine shill In the 1950s, speed was legally sold as "pep pills" to help improve your mood and vigor, and Mickey Mouse got in the act with a series of strips in which Mickey pimped amphetamine to kids and grownups who needed a little pick-me-up. Mickey Mouse on Speed (via IO9)

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