Remote design · Remote teams

Would you hire a remote college student developer or designer?

Eitan Alkaslassy Purdue Computer Science, Software Developer

January 9th, 2018

There are many college students that have a lot of free time on their hands and are good at software development and design. Would you hire remote student developers/designers if they produced quality work? What would you be willing to pay per hour or would you rather pay by project? If you were looking for multiple develops/designers would it be better to hire a small group of developers/designers from the same school (example: a team of two developers and one designer that attends Stanford)? If you want to start a project from scratch or create an MVP would you want to hire an entire remote student team (example: a team that consisted of a project manager, 2-3 developers, and a designer that attends the same school)? Please include what you would be willing to pay for these services, wether in cash or equity or a combination of the two. If you are not willing to hire remote students, what are the reasons? Thanks!

Sarthak Pokharel Founder & CEO, Selestek Inc. Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal

January 10th, 2018

Definitely. The only thing that concerns me is the quality of the work. As long as the remote college student is focused on completing the project within the deadline meeting the requirements, it is fine for me.

Asad Momin I am the man of broad minded person, everything which are available can be modified and i am here

January 10th, 2018

I would like to get the team but right now I don't have money. U guys got to wait

Alex Timanov Founder

February 3rd, 2018

Eitan, to answer your questions:

1. Yes. In fact, I did.

2. But: I would check your references. I would need to see your past work. (I know, it may mean chicken/egg problem for you).

3. I'd prefer not to pay per hour. I prefer milestones basis: breaking down the project into a number of phases and then paying upon acceptance of each phase. Then I know you actually work and you are incentivized to produce quality work. If you are confident, that you are, it shouldn't be a problem.

4. I wouldn't pay as much as I would pay to an established professional, but I wouldn't want to take advantage of you either. If you are a student, your primary objective is to learn and work for your resume so that later it would work for you. We've all been there, so don't price yourself out. Unless, of course, you are fast and produced verified remarkable quality work in the past.

5. Your question "how much would you pay" is premature. Too many "it depends" factors.

Ei 李 Are you interested in education + entertainment adventure?

February 4th, 2018

Hey Eitan! Remotely no, not without knowing you. I use upwork for remote work. Locally Yes definitely.

College students are fun to work with and interesting. I have built good IT company from a lot of amazing talented and gifted hard working college students and will continue to do so.

  1. Anyone would hire student developers if they produced good work. Even remotely if you made it easy enough to communicate.
  2. I would pay per project to test your skills and after I would negotiate hourly or weekly rate.
  3. If to hire a whole team, I would have to assign one responsible leader or coordinator of the work. At this level, it sounds like a serious coding team and definitely needs a good team structure with a team lead. Doesn't matter where they are as long as they can communicate and have regular meetings.
  4. About rates, have a look at and check what people charge there for similar work. Rates vary a lot. Best rates are for your local market and for face to face clients once they value your services. Age is not a barrier to best rates. I have paid my workers 21 and under anything from $20 to $110 per hour for technical work.

Good luck!

Kimberley Burton Founder of a number of successful businesses but from past experiences need the right partners

February 4th, 2018

I have no problem with working with people in different locations and if the person/team is passionate and gets what we are trying to create then I am not bothered if they are students.

As to what I would pay I want co-founders not contractors/employee's as I am not quite ready to go into another funding range. However we are not far from decent revenue streams but have a few more months of hard work ahead.

Would love to discuss further

Mike Medsker Hospitality Analytics Expert, Seasoned Product Manager, Relationship Builder

February 6th, 2018

Eitan- great question.

My preference tends to skew towards working with those that are located in my home city given the potential for building a strong working relationship in a shorter period of time. That being said, this is not always practical or possible and I am not adverse to working with someone remotely.

As it relates to the student aspect- I would agree with most that as long as you have solid references/work to show or are able to to demonstrate your aptitude via milestone based projects I wouldn't have any concerns. In fact, it is possible that your student status could be a benefit over other freelancers if it provides you more time to devote towards the project at hand.

In terms of compensation in the form of cash/equity/combo, it all depends on the scope of the project and whether there is a desire for a longer term partnership.

If this question was strictly for curiosity's sake, good luck with everything moving forward! If you are looking for a potential project to work on, I'd love to discuss further.