Learn 4 Ways to Impress Your Boss and Team With Your Web Development Skills

Firstly let me just say that contrary to the title I would always advocate not actually ‘trying’ to impress anyone. You should only ever do things for the right reason. However that said in my experience if you put the hard work in stick to your principles and work with everyone as you expect them to work with you, 90% of the time you will invariably impress people. Here’s my top 4 tips to set yourself apart from the crowd.

1) Don’t ‘moan’ about the code base

We have all been there, you are put on a project with ‘old messy’ a business critical application that is terrible in form but a mainstay nonetheless, seems like it just needs to be re-written? In my experience just haphazardly whinging about it doesn’t go anywhere, instead become an expert with it this will immediately make it more bearable, spend time with it, get to know it, write tools to help you inspect it. Bring it up at the right time sometimes (team meetings) but be judicious about complaining about it. You will become the go to point for that code and will be seen to be a ‘useful’ resource rather than a hindrance.

2) Express curiosity before shouting about your mastery

The most common downfall I see with developers is their desire to prove to people how much they know. Whilst the more each member on a team knows the better, this virtue can be rapidly unravelled by a developer who wants to blow their trumpet about how expert they are about a particular subject. In short this behaviour just seeks to irritate people. Instead find an inner peace and learn everything you can. Avoid advertising what you know or trying to prove it. If you do really know your onions let people discover this for themselves it will be more fun and people will respect you for it more.

3) Learn to prioritise and focus your web development tasks

Can’t stress this point enough. Find out what you have to do and put it in one single list that you can work in ORDER. If people come to you with things they want done then remember you ultimately need to be able to make decisions on the order that you work on something in a given timeframe. If you’re not allowed to then make sure you stand your ground you may need to politely explain if someone is trying to hijack your ‘flow’ as they could be micromanaging you. After you have set your priorities make sure you work on one task until completion, if you need switch your email off and set your mobile phone to ‘answerphone’. If people disturb you just let them know you will get back to them ASAP about it. If someone of authority does force you to stop what you are doing to work on something as a priority then politely explain that you are working on something but that you will do this seeing as they have expressed how important it is. Prioritising and focussing will ultimately lead to a greater amount of work achieved and you will be respected for the speed at which you work.

4) Get good on Saturday mornings and learn more programming skills

Sometimes learning during your working day can be difficult because you have to ‘deliver’ right? Fine, so think of Saturday mornings like this. A time when you no-one can tell you how or what to work on. I recommend looking into one subject that has been niggling you most recently and studying it in depth. Take a clean project in visual studio, get the MSDN site open on the relevant page and start coding something and investigating how it works. I call this ‘career investment’. The results won’t be immediate but over time as you do this every weekend you will become very proficient in areas that other people aren’t. The law of averages dictate that what you have learned will be useful on your project and people will respect you for your deep knowledge when this becomes apparent!

Looking For a Web Developer – Look Online Or Look Locally?

Often the first decision a business makes about graphic and website design projects, is where to have the work done. Is it a good idea to find a local provider, or is it better to look for someone online?

The advantage of finding someone online is that if you look long enough, you are almost certain to find a price that is much less than you can find locally. This is principally true for website and graphic design work, as the worldwide pool of providers is very. A business in India, for example, will always have lower costs than a business in Hawaii. The costs of sourcing projects online to providers in distant locations may seem clear: you can always find a better price.

The risk, however, is that the overall project costs will be much higher in the end. Consider:

1. Do you really trust the online/remote business? If they are located in distant country, for example, what assurance do you have that they will complete your project. Will they protect your company’s confidential data? These businesses do not operate under U.S. laws, and as such, you will have no legal jurisdiction to file a claim.

2. What level of communication will you have? Can you call and speak to someone in English? What about time zones? Does the designer understand English well or will you always have to work through a project manager? Do you have to communicate only by email? Do you want to describe everything in written English?

3. What are the total costs? Some businesses give a very low price for a website and then charge very high rates for modifications and hosting?

4. Does the person doing your work have adequate skills to complete the project? A nice, shiny website might be a template the designer bought and installed. In other words, the person you are hiring might have a very low skill level and will not be able to complete a project to your specifications.

5. Does your low-cost provider rely on clip art and templates and? If you’re OK with a website with no original graphics or design, a template may be a cheap way to get something online.

6. What happens after the project is finished? Will the designer make revisions for you at an affordable cost? Will they provide any after-service support?

The decision to hire a web developer is one that should not be based solely on price. A web design project will take tens of hours of time for the developer and the buyer, so it’s important to make sure you have a web designer that is a good fit.

Outsourcing Web Development Offshore Can Save You Money

You know that you need to have your website developed, but you’re not quite sure where to start. You want your business to stand out on the World Wide Web, but IT resources in the U.S. can be quite expensive especially if you want a site that looks very professional.

If this sounds familiar, it may be time to consider hiring an offshore web development company. Here are some benefits to going this route, as well as some online resources you can use to find more information.

First, and perhaps most importantly, offshore web development is almost always cheaper for your business. In most cases, you can request to have the same software development done along with website design for your business for a fraction of the cost that you would pay a U.S. company.

Because countries in Europe, Philippines, India, or parts of Asia have a different economic system than the U.S. you can pay for the same services from an international company and still have plenty of money in your business accounts for paying for additional marketing efforts. Outsourcing will even help you to save money so that you can move your business to a new location.

Offshore web development will help you to make your business more globally attractive as well. The more you work with companies outside of the U.S. the more you and your employees will become accustomed to the business practices and customs of professionals all around the world.

International business ventures may also help when it comes to learning a new language, which always makes your business more appealing even in the U.S. The offshore web development company that you choose may also be able to translate your company’s website in more than one language, so that you can ship your products to countries all around the world.

The website development company should also be able to adjust the currency and ‘shopping cart’ features on your site, so that customers can pay for the good or services you offer easily. Outsourcing web development will also help with your overall productivity. If you’re able to save money on the services you’re providing to the public, you’ll be able to put more money into the business itself.

This also means that you’ll be able to give your employees realistic job functions, and you won’t have to place too much responsibility on one department. This tends to be a common downfall of small businesses. When your employees are happy at work and are able to use the outsourcing services effectively you’ll enjoy more company loyalty and your business will grow sooner than you think.