Need Help! On Hiring a Freelancer

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Hi there, I'm sure there are people in here who had the same or similar problem and can help me get that handled.

I am about to hire a programmer to finish off a script I started developing. He will have to make some changes and additions to the script, which means I will have to give him the original script to begin with.

Now, I don't want him to giveaway my original or modified script to anyone else, so I think I need to make him sign some sort of legal agreement to make sure he does not try to sell or give away this script?

If so, can someone help me with this? Maybe someone has a template I can use, or you managed to get along with this some other way.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author geeman12030
    I'm not sure but as far as I remember there's some statement about this problematic in the elance help center.
    maby other platforms offer some help on this too.
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  • Hi PabloVTB. I recommend working with a company, particularly: A company operating for many years, providing services to corporate clients and small to medium business owners in their private clientele networks. They won't do things which can endanger their reputation and business. Attached is a template we use when dealing with subcontractor companies...
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    • Profile picture of the author PabloVTB
      Originally Posted by geeman12030 View Post

      I'm not sure but as far as I remember there's some statement about this problematic in the elance help center.
      maby other platforms offer some help on this too.
      I will look into that. I'm using Freelancer though. THanks!

      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

      Hi PabloVTB. I recommend working with a company, particularly: A company operating for many years, providing services to corporate clients and small to medium business owners in their private clientele networks. They won't do things which can endanger their reputation and business. Attached is a template we use when dealing with subcontractor companies...
      Yes you're right, but no company has offered to do the work. Sorry but I can't see your attachment, could you upload it again? That would be very nice of you
      Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author carter3
      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

      Hi PabloVTB. I recommend working with a company, particularly: A company operating for many years, providing services to corporate clients and small to medium business owners in their private clientele networks. They won't do things which can endanger their reputation and business. Attached is a template we use when dealing with subcontractor companies...

      Exactly! I think you should go with Marx Vergel Melencio. You will be on the saver side i.e knowing fully well that you script will be protected.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Avoid freelancer.com like the plague. Take it from experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author PabloVTB
      Originally Posted by Steven Miranda View Post

      Avoid freelancer.com like the plague. Take it from experience.
      I found good people on Freelancer, but yeah, you have to be really careful, that is why I need to find a way to ensure this does not get spread elsewhere
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      • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
        Hi Pablo,

        The best advice I can give you is to try and get trusted freelance who might not have any need to sell or share your works to the public.

        One way of effectively ensuring that you have a reliable freelancer is to ask such freelancer to give you email address of a reference( a client he or she had worked for before).

        You can write and ask such client what his or her working experiences were with the freelancer you are planning to hire. On the issue of the agreement template, you can easily draft what you really want and ask the freelancer to sign.

        If he or she willingly signs such doc, it will go a long way to show that he or she will be committed to the signed doc.


        All the best,
        Devid
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweely99
    If I were you -- I'd totally talk with a company. Surely it will cost more, but it's totally worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maayan Gordon
    I really like to hire freelancers from craigslist.
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    • Profile picture of the author PabloVTB
      Originally Posted by Devid Farah View Post

      Hi Pablo,

      The best advice I can give you is to try and get trusted freelance who might not have any need to sell or share your works to the public.

      One way of effectively ensuring that you have a reliable freelancer is to ask such freelancer to give you email address of a reference( a client he or she had worked for before).

      You can write and ask such client what his or her working experiences were with the freelancer you are planning to hire. On the issue of the agreement template, you can easily draft what you really want and ask the freelancer to sign.

      If he or she willingly signs such doc, it will go a long way to show that he or she will be committed to the signed doc.


      All the best,
      Devid
      Hi Devid. Thank you for your thoughts. I agree, I will at least write a draft and make him sign that document before hiring him

      Originally Posted by Sweely99 View Post

      If I were you -- I'd totally talk with a company. Surely it will cost more, but it's totally worth it.
      Yes, that would be probably worth it, but will take longer to find one, since I only received bids from freelancers

      Originally Posted by Maayan Gordon View Post

      I really like to hire freelancers from craigslist.
      Never done that before, since I am not US based.
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  • Profile picture of the author TTCW
    Get a recomendation from some of the guys who do this all the time... Mark Ling, Mack And Daniel, The Keyword Rockstar Guys, SEO book. All of these guys could probably recommend people that they have used and been happy with.
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  • Profile picture of the author CheapTrafficDude
    If you're going to outsource, here's my recommendations based on experience...

    #1- Philipinos- Dedicated, polite, great English, highly qualified and intelligent, you can get coders for like $1 per hour.

    #2- India- I done a lot of business with India, they're good, polite and dedicated workers but not very creative, they need everything explained in crayola :p

    #3- Romania- This is where I get the complex stuff done. Romanians are great and very creative but not the most friendly bunch, most ofthe work I outsourced to Romania invulved very little dialog but they get the job done

    #4- Bulgaria- FOR SEO- Really nice and knowledgeable but be prepared to pay similar to USA prices.

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS-

    #1-China- Whatever they do for you, they can mass produce it and resell it for a fraction of the cost and there's nothing you can do about it even if you get them to sign an NDA.

    #2-Russia- They are probably the most skilled but you'd be paying more than USA prices and they can potentially do stuff you wouldn't want them to do... Yeah, they are that good :p

    #3- Pakistan- Affordable and good, courteous workers but not have had any luck with them. Work was always delayed and never delivered on time, have fun explain that to clients.

    #4- Local- Have fun paying the regular price, which pretty much takes away the point of outsourcing :p However lately, I've gotten prices from American that BEAT the Indians!!

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author PabloVTB
      Originally Posted by CheapTrafficDude View Post

      If you're going to outsource, here's my recommendations based on experience...

      #1- Philipinos- Dedicated, polite, great English, highly qualified and intelligent, you can get coders for like $1 per hour.

      #2- India- I done a lot of business with India, they're good, polite and dedicated workers but not very creative, they need everything explained in crayola :p

      #3- Romania- This is where I get the complex stuff done. Romanians are great and very creative but not the most friendly bunch, most ofthe work I outsourced to Romania invulved very little dialog but they get the job done

      #4- Bulgaria- FOR SEO- Really nice and knowledgeable but be prepared to pay similar to USA prices.

      AVOID AT ALL COSTS-

      #1-China- Whatever they do for you, they can mass produce it and resell it for a fraction of the cost and there's nothing you can do about it even if you get them to sign an NDA.

      #2-Russia- They are probably the most skilled but you'd be paying more than USA prices and they can potentially do stuff you wouldn't want them to do... Yeah, they are that good :p

      #3- Pakistan- Affordable and good, courteous workers but not have had any luck with them. Work was always delayed and never delivered on time, have fun explain that to clients.

      #4- Local- Have fun paying the regular price, which pretty much takes away the point of outsourcing :p However lately, I've gotten prices from American that BEAT the Indians!!

      Hope this helps
      Great post. Although I do not want to prejudice anyone because of their country of origin, I appreciate your opinion and will take it into account
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  • Profile picture of the author Amenda Jessera
    Try with freelancer.com, there you can find many programmers, but be aware, you evaluate bids properly to get the best one, Best of luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author myeanne
    I would suggest to hire a reputable firm or company with a proven track record of in offering business consultancy and leased office staffing & management services.

    Also, the staff that you lease are backed by a good management and technical team. Your files and data are secured and confidential.
    we make sure the staff that you lease are 100% working for you and dedicated
    the people you found at odesk and any other freelancing sites are all freelancers, working from home and maybe working with other clients at the same time.
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