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«Sounds too good to be true,» you might say. And we’d ask: «But why?»
Typical pains. Recognize yourself?
Multiple self-help sites for beginner entrepreneurs will try to convince you that «hiring a front-end developer is a piece of cake.»
Don’t believe them. People struggling to hire dedicated front-end developers run into all kinds of obstacles.
- They hire experts with the wrong skills and expertise. «How could I have known? She had the word «developer» in her CV. I thought it was what we needed.» This is not dissimilar to the «you-are-a-programmer-fix-my-tv» awareness level your older relatives might have.
- They hire a back-end coder, although they should hire an expert front-end developer and vice versa.
- They don’t hire devs at all. Instead, they end up hiring web designers. Because «hey, they draw websites too, don’t they?»
- They have little familiarity with the market, so they can’t form the budget properly and fall for many other typical traps. Just like in «Monopoly,» when you land on the wrong square and lose a turn.
Like the famous board game, you lose time hiring front-end developers without clearly knowing what you’re doing. You risk:
Losing money or greatly exceeding the initial budget, which can cause other expenses to pile up
Fixing your product
Receiving a half-baked, raw, rare, slack-baked, underdone product that will require more resources to fix and polish than its actual development
Hiring an incompetent developer
Hire an incompetent but «top-rated» freelancer on a widely promoted online marketplace such as Freelancer or Fiverr.
This list could go on and on, but why scare yourself by reading about the horrors of poor recruiting decisions if you can skip all this mess and hire front-end programmers easily?
Fast. Safe. No sweat.
Just read on. We’ll get to it. But first, let’s make sure you do need a front-end developer. Lemon would not want you to make the wrong decisions.
WHY DO YOU NEED A TALENTED FRONT-END DEVELOPER?
So, you think you need a front-end developer. Legendary. But do you have this need?
To answer this question, let us first clarify what front-end development is. Front-end devs make site layouts created by a web designer interactive. Often referred to as client-side programming (don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you will have to code), the front end is often focused on UI/UX and users’ interaction with the website.
Based on this, we’ll list some typical tasks front-end programmers work on.
- Reanimating website layouts and wireframes created by web designers
- Cooperating with web designers on UI/UX, fixing user interface bugs, and enhancing interaction between the user and the platform
- Optimizing websites and applications for mobile platforms
- Inserting, editing, and removing all kinds of buttons, drop-down menus, forms, chat windows, interactive image galleries, and so on
- Testing all this for proper functioning
- Troubleshooting and maintenance
- Many tasks related to setting up, adjusting, and maintaining WordPress are considered front-end (check out our guide on hiring WordPress developers, by the way)
Compare your project tasks with this list. If you can find matches and similarities – yep, you truly do need a front-end dev.
Before we forget, many people wonder, «front-end vs. back-end developer: What’s the difference?»
Back-end development (or server-side development) establishes communication between your browser and the website’s databases.
A typical example is your login and password. You input them into a neatly designed field (hi, front-end devs!) and press Enter. Your browser sends a request to the website’s database to check whether a user with such credentials is registered. If yes, you are granted access.
If not… well, you know how it goes. Just keep trying different combinations of username and password until the site gives up and lets you in.
This simple interaction – as well as other, much more complicated interactions – results from the back-end developers’ work.
FRONT-END DEVELOPER SALARY: HOW MUCH FOR PROFESSIONALISM?
Well, it depends on the career qualification and the volume of duties of a developer you’re hiring. Here are some average figures on how much front-end developers earn.
Junior front-end developer salary
Senior front-end developer salary
Lead front-end developer salary
Quite expensive, as you can see.Fortunately, there are alternatives. Front-end developer salaries also depend on the country you hire in. If you wish to save some money but still hire a qualified professional, we’d recommend you pay attention to Eastern Europe – Ukraine, in particular. See for yourself:
The average monthly salary of a Ukrainian front-end dev is around $900. If you fear you won’t get high-quality work for this money, here is an article to change your mind: «Top 7 reasons for you to hire Ukrainian developers.»
HOW TO IDENTIFY A GOOD FRONT-END DEVELOPER
Too many programming languages
Working (or, rather, claiming to) in too many programming languages. Pros usually focus on 2-3 languages, which they know perfectly.
Basic skill set
Having a vague and/or basic skill set like, «HTML, CSS, responsible, problem-solver, out-of-the-box thinker.»
The excessively long CV with tech jargon
The excessively long CV with tech jargon crammed in every line. Perhaps, they are good but don’t know how to write resumes. Or maybe, they are just exaggerating. Or trying to hide the lack of real work experience. True pros know employers care about the projects they successfully completed, not about how many clever words a candidate knows.
No profile on GitHub or Stack Overflow
Do you have a LinkedIn account? As a business owner, we bet you do. It’s the calling card of your company, after all. For front end developers, a profile on GitHub or Stack Overflow, where they can showcase their portfolio serves the same function. If they don’t have it, it’s a reason to think twice about even interviewing a candidate.
Front-end developer skills
Having figured out what a front-end dev shouldn’t be like, let’s look at what they should know better.
- Familiarity with REST and RESTful APIs
- Understanding cross-browser compatibility, knowing how to identify and eliminate possible compatibility issues
- Knowing how to optimize websites for mobile platforms
- Understanding the principles of UI/UX
- Working with code versioning tools such as Git, CVS, or Mercurial.
Of course, HTML5, CSS3, and JSON knowledge should come by default. Looks cool, huh?
And what if we told you we know where to find front-end developers like this? With just a little more patience, we’re now moving to the most interesting part of the article.
How do you hire a front-end developer?
Here are the three main options you have when it comes to recruiting front-end devs.
In-house devs (Can be easily found on job boards).
- They come to your office, they drink coffee, they get the job done. Plus, they are easy to manage when gathered in one place.
- In-house workers (not only developers but any employees) are costly. Pay them salaries, insurances, pay taxes, pay for their vacations. Even when they don’t have much work to do.
Development companies (Just google them).
- A one-stop-shop that can get you through the whole development cycle, from project idea to the final product.
- Prices! They can get ridiculously high. Oh, and get prepared for endless adjustments and coordination meetings when it comes to implementing changes mid-project.
Remote developers (Look at the freelance platforms).
- When there is a project at hand, you can quickly find a front-end developer for hire and pay them for the job. Once it’s done, you don’t have to pay anyone (looking at you, in-house developers!).
Economic gains intensify as you learn that on average, remote front-end developers tend to cost less than in-house workers.
And finally, you can hire a developer of whatever profile you currently need. You won’t have to re-train or educate your employees. Just find your perfect match and hire them!
- All the wonderful benefits above work in just one case: when you know where to find good remote developers.
Upwork and other crowdsourcing marketplaces are too much of a guessing game when hiring. So, what should you do?
Look at the marketplaces for vetted developers.
Why hire front-end developers from Lemon.io?
- Agile workflow
Our startup utilizes interactive solutions, such as the Jira application and other technologies, to divide large assignments into manageable pieces in order to enhance efficiency and productivity;
- Custom matching
We guarantee to source the first suitable candidate within 48 hours of your request, while meeting all requirements;
- Little to no bureaucracy
Lemon.io realizes how eager you are to start working with your new front-end developer and having them make your ideas a reality. We will make you to sign tens of documents unless decided otherwise;
- NDA in place
Once payment is finalized, you will be the sole proprietor of the code in accordance with the Non-Disclosure Agreement;
- Timely reports
You will have access to the application where developers provide weekly reports about the jobs they have completed as well as how long they took them;
- Knowledge of remote recruitment
We are very experienced with the product we sell. Moreover, all of Lemon.io team works remotely too. Even though there could be some drawbacks, we know exactly how to handle them and make the best out of it;
- Flexible hiring
Are you in need of a front-end dev? We can provide both full-time and part-time positions to meet your requirements.
How to hire front-end developers through Lemon.io?
From the moment you submit an application on our website, we begin building a relationship with you. Our Sales Team reviews and considers your application before reaching out via email to arrange an interview. This can take from one day to two days.
During the call, we will ask questions about your startup or project requirements, needs, and deadlines in order to create an image of a suitable candidate to look for. The interview usually lasts 25-45 minutes. Once both parties agree to move forward, it is time for our Matching Team to start their work of finding suitable front-end developers that fit your criteria. This part typically takes from several hours up to a couple of days, after which we contact you again to set up another call so that you can meet your dev personally.
Interviews at this stage tend to be 15-60 minutes long. Both sides ask questions about the partnership and project. If the decision to work is mutual, the case is passed onto the Customer Success team, who drafts the contract and NDA and prepares your smooth onboarding.
Once the paperwork is signed, and payment is confirmed, you can work together with your dream front-end programmer toward achieving success.
What other reasons do you need? Squeeze the Hire button and take care of your project by a top-tier front-end developer.
Need some more information? Here’s a FAQ for you!
What does a front-end developer do?
For all those who’ve been exploring their chances of employment in the IT branch and wishing to know their chances of success, it is essential to know what a front-end developer does.
To put it briefly, this kind of developer focuses on a website’s “face” aspects — as opposed to a back-end engineer who works on behind-the-scenes mechanisms or a full-stack specialist who’s responsible on both sides.
Naturally, the workflow can vary for different IT companies or startups, but one can generally expect a front-end developer role to entail some (or all) of the following:
Maintaining a convenient user interface;
Designing mobile applications and websites;
Constructing tools for user convenience;
Making software workflow more convenient and efficient;
Implementing SEO best practices;
Revealing bugs and checking usability.
What is front-end development?
The main focus of front-end development lies in user experience. Employing proper coding and designing skills, front-end engineers forge the app elements directly accessed by end-users — rendering the entire interface elegant, easy, fast, and efficient. That’s the way to boost user engagement and interaction.
The nascent design and technology front-end trends let us build tremendously sophisticated designs and interaction patterns. Thanks to this, IT startup founders crave more experienced and expert front-end specialists to be on the cutting-edge technologies and progress.
The predominant trend in app development that has been revealing itself for several years already is mobile app development. Everything now needs an application — and every application can’t help exist without an efficient front-end layer. The most daunting challenge for front-end aces is delivering quick and convenient products. Otherwise, they will not win the market competition.
Who earns more — a front-end or a back-end developer?
Web developers, i.e., specialists of the IT world who support and build websites and other web applications, collaborate with many other specialists to create exactly what they want — and what their clients order them to construct. Generally speaking, web developers can implement various creative and business-saving ideas brewing in their client’s minds, but here’s a short list of what they frequently do:
Turn a web design into a website;
Collaborate with clients, designers, and UX testers;
Specialize in front- or back-end development;
Attempt to guarantee seamless user experience.
American front-end developers earn nearly $104,000 per year.
Back-end engineers, tending software in the background of every program, work on the server side and earn 128 000 yearly — if they live in the USA and work full-time onsite.
Is the front-end development easier than the back-end one?
Even if you know almost nothing about web engineering, you’ve surely heard (at least through the grapevine) that most web engineers specialize in either the back-end or front-end parts. You also may have heard that there’s one more type of developer: a full-stack one.
Frontenders create the functional “front” of the web page. They work with features a visitor sees and contacts with: buttons, forms, chatboxes, drop-down menus, notifications, video players, etc.
A back-end developer, in turn, is burdened with thinking over the “guts” of the web page. Most users don’t see details and issues back-end developers work with — we’re talking about databases, server connections, and search algorithms. Front-end aces maintain the proper work of everything users interact with, and back-enders take care of the inside world.
Generally, there’s a misperception that the front end is easier just because it is more visible and “clear” for common users. That’s not true: excelling in either of these two sides of web engineering requires a lot of arduous work and endurance. Fortunately, it’s very much worth it in the end.
How do I sell myself as a front-end developer?
To boost your career and succeed as a developer, you need to sell yourself — the skills and abilities you possess. Naturally, coding is your passion, and you’d rather go there head first forever, but how would anyone know that you’re skillful at what you perform (or discover your talents) unless you put yourself on the storefront?
We have ranked these steps according to how useful and important they can be in helping you market yourself and your skills effectively.
Be able to compose your portfolio;
Create your personal brand;
Register on CodersRank to gain visibility;
Cowork with fellow tech aces;
Freshen up your LinkedIn profile.
All these steps will help you broaden your horizons and place your best foot forward for groundbreaking opportunities. While other developers scramble to submit CVs and nail tech interviews, you’ll already be far ahead.
How much does it cost to hire a Front-End developer?
The cost of hiring a Front-End developer can vary depending on the scope of the project. Generally, you can expect to pay from $55/hour to $95+/hour for an experienced Front-End developer.
How to hire Front-End developer?
When it comes to hiring a Front-End professional, we understand the importance of finding the right fit for your project. At lemon.io, we make the process hassle-free. Fill in our form with your project requirements, and within 48 hours or less, we will provide you with a selection of exceptional Front-End developer.
Our team at lemon.io takes pride in handpicking top-tier Front-End professionals who have demonstrated their expertise through past projects. By leveraging our extensive network, we ensure you have access to a pool of highly skilled and qualified candidates.