How To Weed Out The Phony WordPress Freelancers

It’s a story we hear all too often; funny enough, we hear it from both sides…

WordPress Phony: “Help! My client’s site is having an issue I’ve never seen before. What do I do?”
Client: “Hmm, I’m starting to question my “developer’s” abilities. I found him on *insert random website here* and he seemed knowledgeable enough but now I’m not so sure.

Here are a few tricks that should help you weed out the many phonies that will waste your time.

1. Do your research and speak technically when interviewing.

Influence your potential developer to demonstrate what he knows. Online, anyone can claim to be anything. Failing to safeguard your time and investment by taking a freelancer’s profile as gospel is shortsighted at best.

2. Learn from the best.

Read the blogs of established WordPress experts; learn from the best before expecting the best. Many of these sources will provide you valuable questions to utilize during interview with developers, from beginners to the advanced.

Here are two of our favorite sources:



3. Keep these questions diverse.

A broad range of questions will help ensure that your freelancer truly is what he’s advertising himself as: an expert. Even after getting the answer you were looking for, consider the logic involved; why and how a particular response benefits you as a consumer.

4. Don’t let anyone tell you what you need.

A freelancer is his own laborer and salesperson; it’s his job to effectively sell you on his service. Don’t get caught up in the bells and whistles one presents you. Go into a meeting or interview knowing what you need, what you want and what you do not need.

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