...than when people are able to profit from the things I create. I am a software consultant who often works as a freelance web-developer. Typically I work for agencies, but I do work for individual clients as well; as long as I am helping people solve problems, I'm a happy geek!
I'm a one-man-band shop who works with the whole LAMP stack.
I prefer to work with agencies as a freelance problem solver, but I also do a number of projects directly for businesses. In all cases, I typically am the person responsible for making sure that...
While there is nothing I like more than a well-spec'd slide deck or PSD alongside a nicely documented set of use cases, I understand that ultimately I am the person responsible for getting all the information necessary to complete the project-- even if getting that info means being a bit more client-facing.
Some of my projects are directly contracted by businesses, such as shopping cart customizations or brochure websites-- I understand that the constraints of making a sale and keeping up with a specific client are where the rubber meets the road as far a digital agency is concerned, and so that is ultimately my metric for project success.
Having worked remotely for the last several years, I am aware of the special relationship that putting faith in a person who you can't walk across the hall and speak to. Those of us that work in distributed teams have, however, found a number of really good solutions. My main solution is that:
On top of that, I enjoy things like Harvest, Basecamp, Phabricator, and git as methods to document my work and my to-dos...
Developer (Contract) 2013-2014
Lead Developer (Contract) 2012-2013
Created marketing and eCommerce sites for a variety of clients, typically WordPress but including a large custom Magento project; integrated services between sites to facilitate easy cross-site content management; selected appropriate technology solutions and implemented projects.
Developer (Contract) 2011-2012
Developer (Contract) 2011-2012
Implemented WordPress sites, including custom PSD to complete themes. Integrated third-party programs such as
Production Manager 2010-2011
Oversaw the production of 80+ brochure websites, mostly for independent insurance agents. Created a rapid production system. Hired additional employees.
While I could give a litany of soft skills ranging from pleasant telephone mannerisms to business development, let's just stick to some of my hard skills that might be relevent if you're looking for a freelance dev.
I have an extensive formal humanities education, including an MA in Literature and a BA in Philosophy. When people say that this kind of education teaches you how to learn, this is what they mean: my education in logic, research, and various modes of human understanding have prepared me to master a variety of complex technologies quickly. The wealth of training materials available on the net makes this process quite enjoyable. On some level, that's probably why I typically embrace well documented open source technologies with large user communities, such as WordPress.
A heavily customized Magento product listing site in which I had developed a number of plugins and integrated heavy database customizations. More Info...
An aMember plugin and template for a site selling professional development to accountants. More Info...
Custom WordPress template and modified IDX plugin for a real estate broker website.More Info...