I'm Interested in Hiring Someone to Build Out Several Macros for Me

I'm interested in hiring someone to build out several macros for me. Would definitely like to go beyond the basics and make full use of the automation. Have many templates (snippets) with variables that I need to set up. Special actions between several desktop apps that need to be automated. Things like that. I see the potential but am not willing to learn everything. I got the basics down but hoping to find someone that can help me out and charge an hourly rate.

Honestly, I'm surprised that there isn't a directory of pro users that can be hired.

Please PM me if you're interested.

I don't know if he is available, but @ComplexPoint has helped me. I highly recommend him.

Thank you @Jim :- )

I, in turn, would highly recommend @unlocked2412

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There's a downside to having people create things like this for you, regardless of whether you pay for it or not.

What happens when the macros quit working? This will almost always happens at some point, because applications change. Will the original author still be around? Will they still be able and willing to help?

I know this from personal experience, by the way.

On the other hand, if you ask questions here, maybe we can help you write your own macros? If you write them, there's a better chance you can fix the if/when they break.

Just my $.02

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:point_up_2: this, besides, there's usually some tweaking needed as you start using it.

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maybe we can help you write your own ?

Three key flaws in that argument : -)

  • Ricardian trade theory. Nothing is more needlessly wasteful than spending your time on something which somebody else does much faster.
  • Scale. Informal contributions here are are fine for tiny things or tools which we would use ourselves, but don't work well, in reality, for larger projects.
  • Specialisation. A project of any significant scale which neither the writer nor the bulk of forum participants are likely to use is a poor match for dependence on informal contributions.

If you are going to learn something new, you will get much better value from a musical instrument, a human language, or a sport : -)

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I hear you and I understand your point.

But sitting back and playing guitar while praying for someone else to come fix your business-critical macros is a nightmare. You would have done better to not have the macros created at all, so your business didn't depend on them.

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Nice, will thank David Ricardo for the $4.99 jeans at Target

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praying for someone else to come fix

Exactly, that's precisely the problem with dependence on voluntary contributions and open source.

Where there is no visible business model, the road leads inexorably to abandonware.

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I'm surprised to hear you feel that way about open source software. There's plenty of open source software that's just as viable as commercial software. Sure, development could discontinue on it, but commercial companies go out of business or discontinue products too.

Off the top of my head, let's see...

GIMP
Audacity
Jekyll
LibreOffice
Calibre

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. The point is, these are open source projects that have been around for a long time, and I'm glad I have them. And in the case of GIMP, I'm thrilled to have an alternative to the Adobe black hole.

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Those are very general projects with thousands of users.

(and even large open source projects get abandoned – they often depend to a surprising degree on unsustainable late-night holy-fool self-sacrifice by surprisingly small numbers of load-bearers. Just Google abandoned open source projects)

e.g.

On the abandonment and survival of open source projects: An empirical investigation

Yes, and? I don't believe you qualified your original statement.

and even large open source projects get abandoned

As I said in my previous post (perhaps you missed it?):

Sure, development could discontinue on it, but commercial companies go out of business or discontinue products too.

I'm guessing one could find an equally long list of discontinued commercial products. And in fact I believe I've used more commercial products that went away, than open source products.

Enough said on the subject.

Very general projects with thousands of users have much better prospects for voluntary support and charitable funding than niche projects useful to a handful. Not sure that things like Gimp or LibreOffice are useful referents here.

When support fails it's always for the same reason – lack of a sustainable business model.

If you don't like the word 'business' you could expand it to sustainable resource allocation model : -)

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Having used contractors to build lots of tools for my business in platforms like Keyboard Maestro, I wanted to say that your perspective @DanThomas is a good one, but it might be overly broad.

@Robert_B2 consider budget, time saved by having the macros written by someone else and having a backup plan for when (not if) they fail.

I have found that by having someone else build things for me, it helps me understand the application better, and I see even more things I can use the application to do. That's a great thing. Also, after I have someone build something for me, I spend some time looking under the hood so I can use the new code or tool to advance my own understanding and skills.

I've also paid for extra time so that the coder or builder would be compensated for time spent explaining how the tool worked and answering questions, or even time spent helping me build my own tools with guidance.

There's no right answer...start with how important the new tools will be for you and your business, your ability to function when they break, and your own curiosity and willingness to fix things down the road.

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I really like what you've said here. I think it's a great attitude, and mindset. I hope more people get a chance to read what you've written - thanks for sharing! Oh and yes, I totally agree with you. :smile:

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