The Practical Guide to Hiring Employees

Hiring new employees is among the biggest problems businesses face. From micro businesses to large enterprises, finding and closing top talent is a major challenge that we're all eager to overcome. Hiring Employees With Qualified Talent Having led over a thousand interviews, I’ve faced challenges with almost every role I looked for in IT. Software engineers — needless to say, companies are competing for top talent in engineering, not the other way around. Resources are scarce and companies keep growing, therefore demand is through the roof. As an extra challenge, top engineers often switch to management/training, open their own companies,… Continue Reading

How Remote Teams Work Together

Working remotely is about mutual trust. It’s the same as assessing the security of your home, the reliability of your office job, or the viability of your relationship. If you don’t care, you’ll lose. If you stress over it too much, something seems fishy and you may get burned again. I am a proponent of remote working in theory. And I’ve managed to build a team comprised of 70% remote employees. But I’ve also had to go over 5,500+ CVs and conduct over 1,000 interviews for the past 3 years. We’ve started 80 trials off those 1000 interviews and had to part ways with… Continue Reading

Effective Hiring Tips (For Startups And Growing Teams)

There are fast-paced startups where execution is mission-critical. Then, there are the startups relying on an ongoing and regular business model - think of manufacturing or an ongoing type of activity that could easily take 60–80 hours a week. In other instances, freelancing may be a great model for a lean startup. The beginning phases of your startup have a lot to do with organizing and managing a team. Here are hiring tips you need to remember throughout the process. How Hiring Works Below is a video I created on the 4-step checklist for hiring freelancers especially for your startup. [embed]http://youtu.be/RLFTIHk9q_o[/embed]… Continue Reading

Career Advice Software Developers Must Consider

A friend of mine approached me as they were sitting two tables from me. He introduced me to the guy who has spent a few months reading about PHP, Java, system administration, and relevant fields, being clueless as to what’s the best career path for him. The conversation revolved around several major points that I have enumerated below. Building The Right Technical Background My first question tackles the technical background of future developers. Software engineering is not about code. It’s about solving business problems through code deployed on top of a set of servers, running on a given operating system, interacting… Continue Reading

Heading Into 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you a prosperous 2016, health (both physical and mental) on top of your priorities list, spending more time achieving great results while familiarizing yourself better with your inner "you". [caption id="attachment_11943" align="aligncenter" width="620"] "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."[/caption] I've been fairly busy over the past couple of months with my trip to NYC and WordCamp US, meeting a good number of incredible people in the WordPress world, discussing code, community, translations, business management, team growth, server scalability, team happiness and all sorts of essential day-to-day… Continue Reading

On Working Remotely, Cofficing And Creativity

I've been an advocate on working remotely for over 15 years now. My first two HTML sites that I built for clients as a student were in 1999. In 2001 I was fixing computers and reinstalling OS and software apps, part of that was done from home or with Remote Desktop. In 2002 I started writing a weekly security bulletin for IDG, and 2003 was my half-time job from home for a media outlet working on two of their websites. Since 2008 I've been working remotely full-time, and I've been through all phases of remote work: freelancer, consultant, part of… Continue Reading

Landing the First WordPress Job

One of my email list subscribers asked me how to find a remote WordPress job. I was facing the same issue looking for my first remote WordPress job, so here's the list of the options if you're looking for a full-time WordPress job as a remote worker. Build a Portfolio If you are coming from another area close to WordPress, but not WordPress itself, the best bet for you is to build a portfolio. Work on some free plugins or themes, start a decent pet project based on WordPress, adopt a plugin or help with some pull requests on GitHub. Even if you… Continue Reading

On WordPress and Working Smarter

Today I found two brilliant posts that I would like to share with as many people as possible. While everyone is focused on what the market says or what seems natural, occasionally there are many obvious factors that are left unnoticed and could affect our entire life and career. The first article that I've read was Morten's "WordPress is Not Easy and That's OK". It covers several perspectives from people outside of the WordPress community who have heard how easy it is to use the "5-minute install" and build everything with themes and plugins, and tried that on their own.… Continue Reading

Project-base, Support and Salary

  During my couple years of work as a PC techy support guy, administrator, company hired developer and freelancer, I've finally separated three different types of work: project-base, support and salary. Project-base This is a popular way of working in USA and Europe. The client has a task to be performed by an expert. Therefore the employer seeks for an appropriate guru to fulfil the one's requirement. Simple as that. What are the major characteristics of project-base work? fixed requirements usually short-term or medium-term fixed price for the whole project or different phases Focusing on the broader perspective, a freelancer could be hired… Continue Reading