Where to find best Node.js developers?

Daniil Kopilevych
Daniil Kopilevych
Marketing Manager
Jun 18, 2018 8 min read
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Team Extension Jun 18, 2018 8 min read

Using Node.js for web application development is becoming increasingly popular with both startups and established companies.
The 
advantages of Node.js as a platform for building robust and secure applications where both the back-end and the front-end can be written in JavaScript are obvious. Node.js is a perfect environment for creating all kinds of web apps, and it truly shines in feature-rich apps involving real-time chatting, video streaming, or virtual reality.

Of course, any tool is only as good as the professional using it. The quality of applications based on Node.js, to a large extent, depends on the developers doing the coding. Thus, any startup or successful development company sooner or later faces the challenge of finding expert developers to expand their team.

There is more than one way to hire Node.js developers, and in this respect, start by analyzing your project and its specifics. It can give you some clues as to which model you should apply to achieve the best results.

Opt for in-house if:

  • You are planning to develop your own product requiring ongoing update and maintenance
  • You are about to start a large and complex project that may need post-launch maintenance and support
  • You need professional advice on how to begin developing your project (the plan, the technology stack, the integrations)

Hire freelance developers if:

  • You have a particular task to be performed that can be assigned to a freelance developer
  • Your project is not too large and requires little ongoing maintenance
  • You need a specific skill that will not be required for any other projects

Contract a development agency if:

  • You have a small development team or no team at all and need to fill several positions simultaneously
  • You need a coordinated team with own management
  • You have a relatively large multi-sided project with future support and maintenance

In short, hiring freelancers is going to be the most cost-effective solution, while the in-house developers will be the most expensive. The cooperation with a development agency combines the advantages of both models – their rates are usually lower than the salaries of in-house developers while their availability and professional expertise are the same or higher. You can find more speculations on the different hiring models here.

After you have determined the most optimal approach to putting together your team, let’s see where you can find Node.js developers for your project.

In-house developers

If your project requires hiring an in-house team, there are several ways to hire professional Node.js developers:

1. Word of mouth

Ask your team whether they know somebody with great Node.js skills who may be willing to join your project. A good practice is to offer referral bonuses to your colleagues for recommending good candidates. This hiring method has advantages both for the company and for the developer. The company can rely on the references by the colleague that can be trusted, and the developer joining your team will know what the company looks like “from the inside”. Besides, people are generally more comfortable to work together with their friends, therefore, this way of hiring Node.js developers is likely to improve the overall climate of your team.

2. Node.js meetups

These offline gatherings give an excellent opportunity to meet development professionals and talk to them in person. The meetups are designed to bring together people sharing the same interests and skills, thus follow the announcements of Node.js meetups in your area and make sure to attend. If you look for candidates online, you first see their resume or a social network profile, and only after that you get to meet them in person. At a meetup, you proceed to personal communication immediately and can see at once whether any rapport is established. Besides, meetups are a great place to find a professional willing to join your project for the interesting challenges it offers, even if at a somewhat lower rate.

3. Job postings on local job portals or in social media

Professional developers looking for jobs or new opportunities often monitor dedicated platforms where startups and companies post their vacancies. If you are looking for a full-time in-house Node.js developer, make sure you state it clearly in your post. Such method of hiring, naturally, requires continuous monitoring of your company’s inbox or other communication channels that you mentioned. A good practice is to create an account in a professional network, such as LinkedIn, and actively contact Node.js developers with your offer.

The most effective strategy will be using all methods simultaneously. Listen to what your colleagues say about their friends, attend professional events while posting your job openings on the job portals and in the social networks.

Freelance developers

If you have a relatively small project that you are planning to complete within a short time (up to two months), hiring freelance Node.js developers can be a good idea.

Of course, the same techniques that we mentioned while discussing the strategies of hiring in-house developers can also be used to find freelancers. In addition, there are multiple platforms where you can post your offers of freelance Node.js jobs as well as browse the profiles of freelance developers offering their services.

1. Upwork

This is, probably the first name that comes to mind when you think of freelance jobs. Upwork is a giant global marketplace where employees meet their employers. On Upwork, the freelancers’ profiles can contain quite extensive information – their skills, portfolios, past projects, customer reviews, test results. The freelancers get their ratings in accordance with their project performance. With the freelancer base of about 12 million, Upwork is a place where you are sure to find the right person for your project. At the same time, you will need to commit some time to careful searching, profile analyzing and interviewing the candidates.

Another method is posting your Node.js developer job on Upwork for the freelancers to bid for it. This way, you may get some truly attractive rates, however, you should try to find the balance between the rate and the skill level, so that not to sacrifice the development quality for the budget.

On Upwork, you can find both independent freelancers and agencies. The latter may be a good option if you need to find candidates for several positions and not to worry about the project management.

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On Upwork, you can find both independent freelancers and agencies. The latter may be a good option if you need to find candidates for several positions and not to worry about the project management.

2. Freelancer  

This marketplace works according to the same principles as Upwork – you can either search for freelance developers by setting the criteria, such as the rating, hourly rate, required skills, or post your projects and review the bids. The principles of Freelancer are the same as those of Upwork – you can either search by the freelance developers’ profiles or post your project to see the freelancers’ bids which are called “Contests” in this platform.

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3. Toptal 

While Upwork and Freelancer are marketplaces where the matching is done by the developer and the customer with the platform only providing a convenient environment for them to meet and evaluate each other (at a fee, by the way!), Toptal takes an active part in searching and selecting candidates for projects.

The platform proudly states that it works with the top 3% of the freelance community rejecting the rest of the applications. Before a freelancer is accepted, they go through a 5-stage screening where their skills, expertise, and command of English are evaluated, and their performance of a test task is reviewed.
Toptal can select developers that will organically blend with your team and contribute to your project. If you are looking for Node.js developers, Toptal has a separate section where you can browse profiles of the best professionals in this category.

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Node.js development agencies

For medium projects, we recommend considering development agencies that specialize in outsourced tasks. Some agencies provide full development services, while others focus on a particular technology, in our case, Node.js. By cooperating with a development agency, you get a full team of developers that are used to working together and complement each other’s skills. At the same time, with an agency, you are getting the advantages of remote cooperation, such as lower rates and no office expenses.

The easiest way of finding a Node.js development agency is to Google them. There are constantly updated lists of Node.js development companies that are published on dedicated resources, such as Medium or Upwork. Besides, the agencies themselves can have blogs either on their own websites or on common platforms. By browsing the blog, you can get the idea of the company’s expertise in Node.js and their working style. If they include references to its past projects, it is also a very good indicator of their skill level.

Another way of finding Node.js development agencies is searching the dedicated platforms that are, to a certain extent, similar to freelance marketplaces but are focused on B2B cooperation.


1. 
Clutch

According to their own statement, Clutch helps you get in touch with “firms that deliver”. On this platform, you are sure to find agencies and companies specializing in all sorts of software development tasks and the “Web Development Companies” category will be the place to look for Node.js professionals. The profiles of the development agencies contain quite extensive information on their expertise – their primary technologies, the industry focus, the applications and frameworks they use. Of course, you will also find customer reviews, Clutch ratings and other useful data that can help you make the choice.

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2. Wadline

WAD stands for Web and App Development, thus you can guess that this is another place to find Node.js developer companies. Here, you can also look at the companies’ profiles to see their portfolios, the preferred technologies, the customer reviews. The platform immediately provides links to the websites and other contact information, thus you will waste no time getting in touch with the agency.

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3. GoodFirms

This is another marketplace to find development companies of various size and specialization. You can filter the list of companies according to the location and technology and see the company data, hourly rates, and reviews of their previous customers.

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How to choose the best Node.js developer for your project?

OK, so you have defined the hiring model, browsed the resources, posted vacancies and now have several candidates lined up for the interview. Let us give you a couple of recommendations on preparing for the interview and interviewing the candidate.

  • Look up the candidate’s GitHub portfolio. It can give you an idea of the developer’s coding style and the personal characteristics. If the projects have clear and accurate Readme’s, for example, you will easily understand what your prospective colleague was working on. Ask the developers of your team to review the candidate’s projects and give their opinion.
  • Discuss the candidate with the team lead. The team lead will be the one to work next to the developer and to be responsible for both the success and failure. The team lead should give a general approval of the candidate.
  • Evaluate the Node.js developer skills. Hold an interview dedicated to the knowledge and proficiency of Node.js asking specific questions that can show how well the person knows their technology. Such interviews are especially effective in hiring remote developers that will be working with no supervision.
  • Include a practical test. Ask your candidate to complete a small coding task to see how well they use their knowledge of Node.js to achieve particular results.

On a final note, let’s not forget that according to the Stackoverflow survey 2018, Node.js is rated the most popular framework in the developer community. This means that there a lot of brilliant Node.js developers, and you will definitely find the one that is perfect for your project.