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IT Professor Hires Programmers on Elance

As an IT professor at the University of Connecticut, Alex Tung knows a lot about web programming and development. But while he’s teaching the technical side of things – his mind is constantly working on the creative side.

Alex is never short of ideas for new websites to develop, and in 2006, he founded Idea Yoga – the parent company to host the numerous creative websites Alex creates with the help of elancers.

Aware of the work that goes into web design and programming, Alex knew he would need to find talented developers to help him implement his ideas – and that’s where Elance came in.

“When I first discovered Elance,” Alex explained, “I browsed the website and read the reviews and recommendations from members. I found a lot of satisfied customers on Elance, which gave me confidence in the service.”

Now, Alex uses Elance to hire web programmers and developers from all around the world to help bring his ideas to life. One of the providers that Alex successfully worked with through many web design and programming projects is Alps Software Solution (username: alpssoft).

“I really like the way this company works. They kept me updated about the progress of my projects throughout the development process. So, everyday I would test the newly added features and provide feedback via Elance private messages.”

Alex says it has been easy to get his ideas off the ground working with elancers. He plans to hire an elancer to help market some of his newer websites in the future. “I enjoy using Elance because it provides a great service for people like me with ideas that need implementation.”

Now, as an experienced Elance employer, having worked with six elancers, Alex shares his tips on how to post a web design project on Elance:

1. Read past feedback
When considering a service provider, carefully review the feedback provided by other employers. This is a great way to gauge future performance.

2. Review provider portfolios
Consider the provider's past projects. Check out their Elance portfolio and analyze finished products to get a better idea of the caliber and style of service.

3. Create a short list of providers and begin communication
Narrow your provider list down to a short list and try to have a chat with each prospective provider using Elance chat or private messages. This will give you a feel for knowledge and personality – both of which are important criteria for a successful project.