Development Articles

Contractor VS. Employee: Who Dominates?

Ben Buie | 12/29/15

It seems like everyone is looking for web developers these days. Being a developer, I get lots of questions in these 4 categories: (1) my development skills, (2) my contractor rate, (3) my work location (on site or remote), and (4) my willingness to be an employee again. My skills usually start the conversation and I’ve tried to make it Read More >>

The Hidden Cost of Poor Development

Ben Buie | 8/17/15

I’ve been doing contract development for about 7 months and I’m finally getting a good feel for what the market will pay for my services and skills. That said, I’m still surprised by people who won’t. They choose to go with cheaper, less experienced developers or overseas developers because of the lower rate. Let’s investigate (dear Watson) Read More >>

The Roller-Coaster of Contract Work

Ben Buie | 8/12/15

It’s been six months since I changed my LinkedIn job to “Freelance Web Developer at A Computer.” In a blog post at that time (about starting as a contract developer), I mentioned the roller-coaster of entrepreneurship. I knew what I was getting into, I have launched several successful and not so successful businesses over the years. Now, looking back six months later, the ride Read More >>

Fixed Price Development Contracts Are Bad For Business

Ben Buie | 7/23/15

As a freelance web developer, the first question I often get from a new client is, “Can you give me a quote for X?” This is a great question and I usually give them a ballpark figure or refer them to this article: the price of a website. These quick estimates are great for helping them make a Read More >>

Selectors in JavaScript – IDs, Data Attributes, or Classes

Ben Buie | 3/20/15

I did a guest lecture Tuesday night at Ignition, a coding school run by Spark Boulder that prepares students for their first coding internship. It was fun and I learned a lot about how to improve lecturing abilities. I also got a lot of good questions and one question that I didn’t think I answered well Read More >>