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Freelance I.T. Solutions

Russ Thompson
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Rank: #41
Points Earned: 680
Member Level: Silver
Member Since: 2013
Orlando , FL 32828 USA

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I had the privilege of working with Russ on multiple projects. His creativity has always worked to our benefit. Russ and the team at Freelance have always been able to work with our needs. They offer great insight and ideas with modern outlooks for IT solutions.

from The Florida Hotel Orlando
Orlando, FL
    website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russthompsonorlando
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To sum up our experience with Russ: he is a godsend. It is easy to see that this isn’t only his chosen profession, but also one of his passions. We have an incredibly difficult site that has seemingly a million different pieces and puzzles and issues to sort out, and Russ has been incredibly dedicated and patient throughout the entire process (which we are still in!). He is great at problem solving, and will definitely go the extra mile in order to ensure any technical and/or design problem is solved, and that the resolution is something we are happy with. He is also detail-oriented—in both his work and communication—which is so crucial in this field (but I have found so lacking in other web firms/personnel I have worked with).

from UCLArts and Healing
Los Angeles, CA
    website: http://freelanceitsolutions.com/pages/feedback.php
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Freelance IT created a great pricing app for my company. Once we were done testing the first round we had a few tweaks and they got those done very quickly and app is now complete. We use it to price out signs while on location for our customers. Freelance IT is easy to work with and gets the job done right.

from M&H Signs
Westbrook, ME
    website: https://www.facebook.com/Freelance.IT.Solutions/


Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

I've been working in the computer industry since the mid 1990s. I started out as a computer tech, moved on to network administration, and then to programming.

In the late 1990s I started building websites - first my own and then for others. It was mostly for fun. Then in 2002, I decided to make a career of website and web application development.

I have now also expanded into mobile app development.

I have 15 or more years experience with HTML/CSS, JavaScript (many frameworks - qQuery, jQuery Mobile, AngularJS, Bootstrap, etc.), Java, and PHP. Recently I began programming in Python as well.


How long have you been with your company?

I started Freelance I.T. Solutions in 2002, after moving to Florida. I moved to Central Florida from St. Louis. The tech industry was booming in the Midwest and just starting to blossom in Central Florida. Starting my own company was the key to continuing my career in tech.


Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

My formal education was in Engineering. Computers were just taking off and I wanted to get in on them. So, much of my computer knowledge and certifications is 'self-taught.'


What web browser do you use?

I most often use Firefox and Chrome. When I'm on my iPad, Safari or Chrome.

I do have a IE and Edge installed, but only open them for testing of client sites/apps.


What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

I have accounts (and use), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Periscope, Google+, Spaces, and Pinterest


What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

I love 'creating.' The projects I enjoy most are those that are a challenge. Although I may do the same thing every day - sit down in front of a computer and start programming, having different and challenging projects to work on keeps it fresh and feeling new everyday!


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

In the 'old days' of web development, it was easy to start, there just wasn't that much technology out there. Today, there are so many frameworks, so many different languages, so many different environments... it can be very confusing to get started. I recommend starting with HTML5 and CSS3 - learn them well, they are very powerful. The move into JavaScript and learn the basics. After you have an understanding for JavaScript, pick a framework like Bootstrap or jQuery and learn is inside and out.


What`s your favorite development language and why?

JavaScript for the front-end and PHP for the back-end.

JavaScript has become a very powerful language and has turned the browser and the web application into a REAL application. It is at the heart of nearly all web applications.

PHP is also very powerful. And it has been around forever. More websites run on a PHP back-end than any other language.

With JavaScript and PHP, there really isn't anything that can't be done with a web application.


If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

I love PHP for the back-end. But, if I could only use one language I guess it would be JavaScript. A modern web app needs both front and back-end functionality. With JavaScript, I could use Node.js for the back-end along with the browsers build-in JavaScript on the front end. You just can't do front-end programming with PHP.


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Mobile apps. There are native app languages like Java and Swift. But, one of the most exiting things is building hybrid apps with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Using Ionic or the Intel XDK and these web technologies, you can build almost any kind of mobile app.


Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

My clients are almost always other business owners. When it comes to websites, my most common clients are web designer that need the website they are working on to have some 'advanced' functionality - something like a portal for client login, or an HR system for employees to complete forms.

For mobile apps, my clients are usually businesses that need 'in-house' applications with custom functionality that they can not find in app stores. For example, custom sign estimator apps, gym class tracking (and client tracking) apps.


What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

Think through the project - what problem are you really trying to solve and why? What is the target user of the app - employees, clients, general public?

Most good development companies will have a questionnaire to help new clients with these types of questions. Sometimes they are long, but putting some thought into the questions and answering as many as possible will help both you and your developer understand your project better.


What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

Clients often do not understand what all it takes to complete a project. But, it is part of our job to help them understand each step. A good developer should explain everything and ask a lot of questions. Communication is the key to a good project.


Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

I've developed my own CRM and proposal software. But, I do use Zoho Projects and Zoho Docs to manage projects. This web application allows me to communicate with my clients through every step of their project. The are updated when tasks are being worked on and can participate in the process all along the way - making comments, uploading images/files, participating in forums, etc.


What is your standard hourly rate?

37


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

No.


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