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Yeah so I don't have the time to learn how to program at this point in time, but I need to get my app made.

I was wondering what kind of things you look for in a freelance programmer for IOS. and about how much they charge.

The app is going to have a server, so I imagine that will raise the price to work all that in there. The app isn't too complex. The user sends location data and other data to the server which then sends out that to other people with the app. Not going to tell you the idea exactly, but that's basically what it does. tongue.gif

So what I am worried about is, app developers on freelance or elance say "$20 an hour". Well how many hours can I expect you to work on this? How do I know you aren't just milking the money out of me by taking more time?

So if anyone could give me some help that would be great.

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well if I were you I would do something like this. Here is a 500 or a 1000 or whatever bucks. make me the app and goodbye. but make sure the app actually works before giving your money to someone else tongue.gif
    
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That's basically Google Latitiude confused.gif

That shouldn't be that hard to do (for freelancers), you'd need to use a few sockets, TCP, and some maps API. I'd guess about ~50-100 hours + extra bug fixes.
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That's basically Google Latitiude confused.gif

That shouldn't be that hard to do (for freelancers), you'd need to use a few sockets, TCP, and some maps API. I'd guess about ~50-100 hours + extra bug fixes.

No it's not like Google Latitude, thats just like basically what the app is doing. I don't want to tell you my idea, so I just summed up very vaguely what it does. tongue.gif
    
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Yeah so I don't have the time to learn how to program at this point in time, but I need to get my app made.

I was wondering what kind of things you look for in a freelance programmer for IOS. and about how much they charge.

The app is going to have a server, so I imagine that will raise the price to work all that in there. The app isn't too complex. The user sends location data and other data to the server which then sends out that to other people with the app. Not going to tell you the idea exactly, but that's basically what it does. tongue.gif

So what I am worried about is, app developers on freelance or elance say "$20 an hour". Well how many hours can I expect you to work on this? How do I know you aren't just milking the money out of me by taking more time?

So if anyone could give me some help that would be great.

Thanks!

Most programmers that are good, actually do have an hourly rate -- what YOU have to do is explain everything to them, every fine detail of what they are doing so they can get you a decent quote on time. Just look at reviews to find who is/isn't good.
     
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Most sites have feedback like ebay.
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One of the best ways to hire freelance app programmers is to post a detailed description of the person you're looking and their tasks. Then, allow them to bid on your project post. But before you select from the bidders you need to test them first or ask some references regarding their past clients on the same programming language. You could also set a time frame when you post the job and how much is your budget for the project. This could also help you narrow applicants who are willing to do the job.
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Where do you look though, as I am in the same position as the thread starter looking for someone to build an app that shouldn't be too complex.

Should I just google, IOS app maker, lol or is there something already set up to find these people?
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