I've been in the industry for nearly 10 years now, and have always sub-contracted any web development projects I get to outside freelance developers.
The reason for that is really to keep my overheads down from getting an office and going in-house (at least for now!). Once thing I've always found to be an issue is finding developers that are actually any good! There are SO many developers out there, with such a range of skills, and some of them can, in theory, look really good.
However I've lost count how many unreliable developers I've come across. Some of them are plain awful - whereas some are just lazy. The projects I get in currently are quite high end, custom content management system jobs, with detailed and complex PHP/MYSQL development needed - and I find that even my best developer produces great work, but is sometimes a bit lazy, or misses really vital parts of the system. In some cases, he's missed small niggling things that portray an unprofessional look to the client when I show them a beta with really stupid mistakes in.
So I guess my question really is: Where are all the PROPER, decent freelance developers, with a huge attention to detail, a real fire in their belly to produce incredible work, and an enthusiastic look at the work they produce? I'm sure there must be loads out there, including I'm sure loads on this forum - but I still struggle after 10 years to find them!
What sort of things do you look out for when outsourcing. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to ask this here so delete this part if I'm not, but anyone able to recommend any developers who produce top work everytime? (Pricing is not a big deal, I'm quite happy to pay well for incredible work).
Thanks in advance for any help!