Meet Vasu, a web developer whose main areas are J2EE, PHP, mySQL, HTML, CSS and Ajax. He is a CERT 4 developer and designer with 5-star reviews. Beyond these, he’s exploring Facebook app development, other new ideas and loves to blog!
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
My name is Vasu Naman and I am a fun loving guy and a full-time dreamer! I am a full stack developer who develops Web Applications, Mobile Applications as well as desktop based applications. I am good at analysing business requirements so that I can implement them into a solid technical solution.
I was a Computer Science student so I started freelancing whilst at college – I did this for few years until college was over and then decided to move into freelancing full-time.
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
How did you come across PPH?
I heard that there were a few platforms where you could go and choose the projects that you wanted to be involved in, instead of just doing web designing most of the time. So, I Googled and found PPH. The design of the PPH homepage with was something else, and that inspired me to sign up. The home page had the categories categorisation was there, from where you can actually choose the kind of project you wanted.
What was your first job like on PPH?
My first Job on PPH was to create a responsive website and the design was provided to me by my client which was the exported layout from Adobe Muse. The job was a success and I completed ahead of time 🙂
What is a typical day like for you?
As a 26-year-old guy I don’t have too many family responsibilities, so I work in the UK time zone, which for me is a 12:30 PM start. And I work almost 4 hours then I generally take a break and then come back again at 6:00 PM. If some complex programming is going on then I usually work late into the night to complete it.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
Freelancing is fun; it’s your choice to choose projects – the ones you like and you complete them in your defined hours. In freelancing you are not bound to work and sit at in your chair at 9:00 AM and work to 5:00 PM. It gives you freedom of choice – you can work from wherever you want and whenever you want.
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
This is a good question, I have seen other platforms also, but PPH is not like the others. PPH gives a fair chance to all freelancers and there are other tools which help you to improve your bids – an example of that is the video one.
Apart from that, you get a chance to deal with good programmers and you learn new programming standards which are being followed overseas. You can also learn from a client who has a very specific requirement for their business and focuses on every minute detail of the application. Payments are quick and the withdrawal process is pretty simple.
What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?
As I have provided good services using this platform, and the job rate that I have is increasing, I am expecting to use this platform for more jobs and ask my friends to join me as team so that I can expand into a reliable team for web and mobile development.
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
- Getting your first job on PPH may take some time so be patient, and when you get a job and you did it well, you will never have to look back.
- Be honest with what you can deliver, if you don’t know something just say no to that – it will help you earn good reviews.
- Be always available; yes it’s true although you are freelancing you should be replying quickly to emails.
- If you are a programmer learn new technologies, it will help you to deliver more.
- And the end use tools, either free or paid it will increase productivity. Some of the ones that I use are Trello for Project Management; Marvelapp, for Prototyping; GitHub for version control etc…
What are your top 5 web development tips for small businesses?
- If you are a small business always use open source products. It will decrease your costs a lot e.g., Ubuntu; Fedora; VtigerCRM; Magento; WordPress – the list is huge
- Hire good freelancer or team and stick with that.
- Web Development is changing very fast so keep yourself up-to-date.
- Always ask for the documentation of the application you are building.
- A website alone is not enough nowadays – you need to focus on social media also.
What web browser do you use?
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Ha ha ha, this was a good question I would prefer to be a Rabbit as it’s cute and being fast is a requirement for me as a programmer.
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