Hiring help with Microsoft Access

cansevin
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I am in need of someone to help re-amp our access database. I created it over the last 10 years... the forms aren't user friendly enough and I need some additions. Any suggestions on where to find someone, how much to pay, etc?

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Jim Dettman (EE MVE)President / Owner
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Click on "Network" in the blue bar at the top, then "Hire an Expert".

The list of Experts that are offering services will be listed here.  You also might want to check Microsoft's MVP site:

https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/

 Use the "Find a MVP" in the upper right.

Note that here on EE, the site does not allow directly soliciting for work in a question.

Jim.
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First thing I'd recommend is to spend some time documenting all of what all you want done, so that you can communicate it clearly to a freelance developer so both of you can have the same 'time period' in mind.

Second thing is get a grasp of how much time you think it will take to complete this work.  Most consultants that take on small-term projects like this have contracts measured in 'blocks of time' such as multiple months, so a one-week gig is not going to be as attractive.    And nothing kills a developer-hiring manager relationship like differences in billable hours expectation.

If you go the 'Hire Me' route (recommended), keep in mind that you'll be working with a person located somewhere else.  Access is pretty ideal as it's a file-based system.   The experts in the EE Access zone, which includes Jim Dettman, are wildly qualified Access developers, and by definition will entertain part-time freelance work.

You can also contact a local software company that has a 'stable' of qualified developers available, but keep in mind the price tag goes way up.  You can also contact a local recruiter to help you fill the role, and the price tag will go up but not as much, and they'll be bringing in people off the street so it'll be your job to qualify them.   If you want to find people by yourself then we're talking monster.com, careerbuilder.com, linkedin.com, and contacting any local Access user groups in the area.   You can also post it on freelancer.com so it can be bid on worldwide, but then you're really rolling the dice as far as the quality of the developer and the timeline.

Lots of other advice to give, but this is a good enough start..
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Jim,
I never actually looked at the Hire Me option before.  How would cansevin search for someone specifically with Access skills?
Pat
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Jim HornSQL Server Data Dude
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Members elect to participate in 'Hire Me' off of their member profiles.

Members search for them off of the main page by Network > Hire An Expert, and modifying the left side Refine Search Results.
Dale FyeOwner, Dev-Soln LLC
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Pat,

If an expert has selected the Hire Me option in their profile settings, when someone views their profile, they will see a "Hire Me" button immediately below their profile name and above the tab control that contains the "About", "History", "Graph", and "Network" tabs.
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Jim, Like Pat I wonder what that search page can used for.

When viewing the page you have all sorts of weird (and, I would say, also irrelevant or at least useless) search criteria. Actually, there is no way you can search for "Access" or "VBA".

A highly relevant search criteria would be the usual EE topic areas.

/gustav
Jim Dettman (EE MVE)President / Owner
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I will submit a bug.  

 The criteria selections are based on the qualifications of the Expert's that have "Hire Me" enabled.  Access should be listed obviously as Ray is the top Expert and the first topic area he has listed is MS Access.

Jim.
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I have the Hire Me checked.  I just have no idea how anyone would find me if they didn't know my name since I can't find me or any other Access expert.  I don't see any way to search for "Access" experts.  It's nice you can search for colleges but what does that have to do with anything?
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Exactly.

/gustav
Dale FyeOwner, Dev-Soln LLC
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Pat,  I see what you and Gustav are talking about.  I would expect the filters on the Hire Me page to have a topic area as well, and had never paid enough attention to realize it didn't.

You can, of course, view the Access topic area and click on the profile of the experts in the "Top MS Access Experts" section, but that is now so far down on that page a newbie would probably never find it (as opposed to the old days where it showed up near the top, in the right hand margin.  Don't know why they changed that!
Jim Dettman (EE MVE)President / Owner
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@Pat,

 There's some history here, which explains the reason why things are were they are at the moment:

1. We had the Hire me button for a while, with no search feature.  This was when EE was strictly a collaboration site.    The button was added more along the lines of "You helped me with this problem, but I need more help.  Can I hire you?"   and avoiding having that question asked and answered.

   It wasn't focused on serving up a list of people you could hire, or the listing of a job that you would like to have done.

2. Experts wanted more, so EE contracted with a separate jobs site, at which point the hire me button was taken away.   However it was too job focused (as in we have a position to fill), rather than having jobs/tasks needing doing.

  This was an external site to EE because they wanted it fast, but the problem was no control over the content and it didn't have the look and feel of EE.  Because of all that, they discontinued using it after a short while.

3.  The hire me was added back in as a start and those people form a group, so it was tied in with the group feature.

   So that link from the menu bar picked up default search functionality for groups, which as you have seen, doesn't work all that well for the "Hire Me" Group.     I expect mainly because that group has so many variations, and there are limits on the left had rail search function (i.e. too many topic area's between the 1,400+ hire me experts).

4. With new management at the helm, there are now major efforts underway to branch out into this area more beyond just having "hire me" or the old job site (one of which your aware of).  

 Also as a back drop to all this, we went from discrete topic areas to tagging, and there's some things that fell through the cracks like this as a result.

 But with all that said, even so this needs to either get fixed or removed.

 I think for the question at hand though, the fastest method would be to visit the MS Access topic area and just run down the leader board and look for the "hire me" in the profiles.  This is the original method for doing this when we had #1 above.

Jim
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I never asked the people who contacted me how they found me but I'm guessing that they did just that.
Thanks for the background

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