1. Episode #17
  2. Jul 14, 2019
  3. 41m
  4. 41m

Subcontracting with Joe Cieplinski

Subcontracting with Joe Cieplinski

In this episode we talk with Joe Cieplinski of Breakpoint Studio and Release Notes about the challenges and benefits companies and freelancers face in a subcontracting relationship.
  1. 41m podcast at transistor.fm
  2. 41m video at youtube.com


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Why Should You Be A Subcontractor?

  • An Agency needs flexibility and an extra developer for a project
  • An Agency needs a special expertise (i.e. HealthKit, WatchKit, etc…)
  • Fill a need for a particular platform and expertise (i.e. iOS) on team with other platform developers

Things to Consider for iOS Developers

  • Have a portfolio and resume - help the agency sell you to other companies
  • Be a T-shaped developer - know the how to build an iOS app but also have a special expertise in an area
  • Consider being a consultant - help build iOS development teams for companies while also making more money
  • Know developers of other platforms - such as Android - if you can work with them then this provides even more value to the agency

Challenges of Being a Subcontractor

  • Giving up Flexibility - you can be dropped at anytime because you only filling a role till a full-time employee is hired
  • Communication and Management - Understood Your Role Within the Structure
  • Don't Talk Money with Client Directly - Discussions on Money and Time should go though the agency always not directly with the client
  • Don’t Sell Yourself as an Individual - remember you represent the agency
  • Listen to the Team - Follow the agency and client’s protocols and guidelines such as their coding style, etc…

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