What is an Excel VBA developer?
For those looking to create powerful macros to enhance the functionality of Excel, Access, and/or Visio, an Excel VBA developer can help. An expert in this field is familiar with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), a programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) created by Microsoft for event-driven applications.
How do you hire an Excel VBA developer?
You can source Excel VBA developer talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in an Excel VBA developer.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview Excel VBA developers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of Excel VBA developer you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire an Excel VBA developer?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced Excel VBA developer may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their Excel VBA development services more competitively.
Rates typically charged by Excel VBA developers on Upwork are:
- Beginner: $20 per hour
- Intermediate: $39 per hour
- Advanced: $100 per hour
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write an Excel VBA developer job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample Excel VBA developer job post titles:
- Need expert to create online forms to automate reports input from Excel and Access files
- Looking for a strong Excel VBA developer with extensive Macintosh experience
- Advanced Excel VBA skills needed for database cleanup
An effective Excel VBA developer job post should include:
- Scope of work: From clean data entry to programming automated reports, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, platforms, or reports mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Excel VBA developer job responsibilities
Here are some examples of Excel VBA developer job responsibilities:
- Take complicated spreadsheets and convert into Excel workbook
- Develop automated monthly reports from Excel and Access
- Train analyst staff on how to use VBA on all Microsoft Office products
Excel VBA developer job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in an Excel VBA developer. Here are some examples:
- Must have at least 5 years experience in computer science at the corporate level
- Familiarity with using VBA across all Microsoft Office Suite products
- Understanding of how VBA can automatically create a Microsoft Word report from Microsoft Excel data that was automatically collected