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Mihir M.


AR/VR Developer and Designer

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Top Independent

Arman Stepanyan

Yerevan, Armenia

Full stack Web / AI / Blockchain developer

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Sid Jain

Tampa, FL, USA

Game Engineer making rapid prototypes!

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Mariya Diminsky

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Frontend Developer | Software Engineer | 7 Years

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Isaac Bell

New York, NY, USA

Software Engineer & Technical Writer

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Sara Benchinoun

Birmingham, UK

Web Developer | Custom Pages & Smooth Animations

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Kabir Ahmed

Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Converting Brands into Digital Experiences

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Julian Valle Garcia

New York, NY, USA

Software Engineer, Building Stunning Websites

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Aalvee Aarham


Full-Stack Android & Web Developer, UI/UX Designer

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Ian Wilson

Seattle, WA, USA

Software Engineer and Technical Leader

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Josh Smith

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Web Dev Master, Design Wizard, Software Guru

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Parth Goyani

Surat, Gujarat, India

Shopify Expert | 8+ years Experience

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Mia Kotalik

Boston, MA, USA

Creative Tech Solutions for Your Brand

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Kaishin R.

Tokyo, Japan

9+ Yrs Exp: iOS / macOS App Dev

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Hamza Tariq

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Full-stack Developer and Blockchain Consultant

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Matthew Wood

Ontario, Canada

Simplifying your path to a more productive future.

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Aurelien GERIER

Miami, FL, USA

Passionate Fullstack Engineer, 11+ yrs exp.

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Bilal Azam

United States

Senior Software Engineer

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Abdullah Qureshi

Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Product designer creating meaningful experiences

Common projects for Software Engineers

Developing a new software application from scratch.

Updating or improving an existing software application.

Creating a custom software solution to automate a business process.

Developing a mobile application for iOS or Android.

Implementing new features or functionalities into an existing software application.

Identifying and fixing bugs in a software application.

Tips for working with and hiring Software Engineers

Define your project requirements

Before you start looking for a freelance software engineer, have a clear understanding of your project requirements. This should include the specific programming languages and technologies required, as well as any specific functionalities your software needs.

Review their past work

Take the time to review the software engineer's past work to ensure they have the necessary skills and experience. Pay attention to the complexity of the projects they've worked on and the technologies they've used.

Understand their technical skills

Make sure the software engineer is proficient in the programming languages and technologies required for your project. This could include languages like Python, Java, C++, among others, and technologies like Docker, AWS, and more.

Maintain clear communication

Clear and regular communication is crucial when working with a freelance software engineer. Make sure they are responsive and open to feedback. Using Contra's platform for communication can help ensure all project details and updates are well-documented and accessible.

How to hire Software Engineers

Define your needs

Before starting the hiring process, have a clear understanding of what you need from a software engineer. This could include the specific programming languages and technologies required, as well as any specific functionalities your software needs.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your project, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications you receive and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects and reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Ask questions about their experience, approach to software development, and how they handle various aspects of the project. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right freelancer, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Software Engineers

1. What programming languages are you proficient in, and can you provide examples of projects you've completed using these languages?

2. Can you describe your approach to testing and quality assurance?

3. How do you handle project management and collaboration in a remote work environment?

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Frequently asked

A freelance software engineer is a professional who develops, tests, and maintains software applications. They can work on a variety of projects, from developing new software from scratch, to updating and improving existing software, to fixing bugs and issues.

A freelance software engineer is a professional who develops, tests, and maintains software applications. They can work on a variety of projects, from developing new software from scratch, to updating and improving existing software, to fixing bugs and issues.

Hiring a software engineer on Contra gives you access to top freelance talent without the hassle of middlemen or commissions. You can review their past work, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place.

Software engineering is the process of designing, developing, testing, and maintaining software applications. It involves applying engineering principles and methodologies to create software that is reliable, efficient, and meets the specified requirements.

You can post a job with your project requirements on Contra. Software engineers who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of software engineers and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Software engineering skills are required for projects that involve developing, testing, and maintaining software applications. This includes creating new software from scratch, updating or improving existing software, fixing bugs, and much more.

The cost of hiring a software engineer on Contra ranges from $30 to $50 per hour. However, the final cost can vary based on the complexity of the project, the engineer's experience and skills, and the project duration.

Freelance software engineers are paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Clients must pay a minimum of $250 or $25 an hour to post an opportunity on Contra. Software engineers get paid for the work they produce for their clients after their work is approved.

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