Freelance React Developer

 by Robin Wieruch
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Hello, my name is Robin Wieruch and I am a german/english speaking JavaScript enthusiast. In 2017 I quit my job at a Berlin tech startup. I made the decision to move on after being a software engineer for 2,5 years at this great company. It was a tough decision to make, because the company had a huge impact on me from a personal and professional perspective. It is always difficult to move on. But then again, I didn't want to get too comfortable.

The next natural step for me was being self-employed. Over the last years, I've put a lot of effort into my website and I started teaching thousands of people about full-stack software engineering and web development with JavaScript. I want to be bold and try to make this next step to have more time for the things that I truly value. I would separate these into four cornerstones: teaching, working, making, and volunteering.

Teaching

The first cornerstone of my endeavour is teaching. Writing about my learnings in web development started as a sheer experiment. I enjoyed the process of writing, digging into the problems by trying to explain them to myself, and bringing the solutions on paper in concrete yet simple words. I never expected others to read about them. Yet, I grew an audience of over thousands of daily readers. Many people supported me in my doings and they gave me the opportunity to teach; an activity that I discovered as a meaningful thing to do in my life.

Your opportunities to work with me:

  • Are you looking for workshops for your development team? Every month I offer workshops for companies who want to get their development department up and running in full-stack JavaScript. My workshops are mainly focused on React.js, Node.js and GraphQL, but here and there I teach a workshop about Webpack or other tech stacks as well. Usually a workshop takes up from 2 to 3 days and can be done on-site or remotely. The workshop will be highly engaging, meaning that it should be taken with smaller groups up to 5 people where everyone can share their screen while engaging in pair programming and discussions. I charge a fee per person per day. Interested in hearing more? Contact me.

  • Are you looking for a place to advertise your open hiring positions? Your company name, a couple of words about your company, and a link to your open positions could show for every of my articles to attract potential candidates for your mission. This website has enough readers to make this an interesting opportunity for you and it already worked out well for other companies. Contact me to get more details about website impressions and how all of this would work out in detail.

Working: Consulting and Freelancing

My second cornerstone is consulting and freelancing. After working for years with like minded colleagues in the 9 to 6 world, I always wanted to give consulting a shot in my life. Now I thought it would be the perfect time. I would love to work closely with clients on applications and on solving their problems. In this scenario, I am able to shift from being a consultant, who is giving advice and a clear strategy for the application, to being a freelancer who can deep dive into the code and solve problems for you.

So, if you are seeking for a on-site/remote german/english speaking software engineer, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I want to work with you on your web, mobile, desktop, or embedded applications.

Your opportunities to work with me:

  • Do you have a product idea but can't execute it yourself? I am able to build a MVP for you from scratch. It would be a vertical cut through all the technologies from full-stack application, connecting it to a database, deploying and hosting it. Along the way, it should solve the most complex problems of your use case. Afterward, it can go even beyond the initial MVP which is up to you. It's your opportunity to have me as dedicated developer to bootstrap your idea in an effective and efficient way.

  • Does your company consider a migration to web technologies but no one is there for a proper on-boarding? I gathered plenty of experiences in the domain of web development, software engineering and JavaScript during the last years, especially in JavaScript, and can help you transitioning to it. In my recent company, I made the exact same experiences by migrating from a Java Wicket application to a Angular application and from a . There were a lot of challenges to overcome. It's your opportunity to have me as your helping hand for this endavour.

  • Does your application need more contributing developers? In the past, I have collected enough knowledge to work efficiently in large code bases with a team and different workflows and tools. I would want to be invested in your project, to learn about it, but also to earn my share. The other way around, you get a reliable developer who is eager to have an impact in your tech stack, who solves complex problems, and who is keen to work with your team.

  • Do you need a quality check of your JavaScript code base? I conduct code audits that can happen on a 1 or 2 day basis. You would give me access to your code base, give me a briefing in terms of an overview and problems about it, and I would review it for the next day(s). Afterward, I will have a personal call with you to give you valuable suggestions on how to improve the source code. Reach out to me for further details.

  • Does your company want to get involved in open source to attract potential candidates for your development department? I can help you to spot and extract potential features from your code base and enable everyone to use it as an open source library. Open sourcing makes companies attractive for candidates, because you as a company give something back to the community.

Making

The third cornerstone is making new stuff. While I worked in my last 9 to 6 job, I collected a huge list of ideas. I guess most of the people are keeping such a list, but there is never enough time to tackle all of these items. Recently, it was the first time that I showed my ideas to someone else. I was astonished that I had gathered over 1000 items in various lists and sublists.

Robin To Do

All these items are ideas about applications, things I want to learn, things I would like to teach and things I want to write about. But as full-time employee, I never found the time to do all these things. Maybe I even don't find the time right now, where I have to figure out how to earn my own share, but that's what this adventure is all about.

Your opportunities to work with me:

  • Are you a freelancer or consultant yourself and looking for work? I try to assemble a team of reliable, communicative, skilled and "able to meet a client's needs" freelancers to work with me. Even though I am self-employed myself, I get plenty of requests every day but cannot accept all of them. That's where I would love to give you the opportunity to work with me on these projects. If you are interested, shoot me a mail with a cover letter, your availabilities (time/place), skills, and the projects you have worked on in the past.

Volunteering

As a software engineer, it is too easy to get lost in your tech bubble without thinking about any third-parties and just stick to a certain group of people. But as I see it, it is so valuable to step outside of your bubble to broaden your horizon and to be there for others. Software engineers are often privileged to do such a step. Living a different lifestyle and then again having the opportunity to step in for others.

That's why I made the decision that I want to accomplish all the previous cornerstones, teaching, making and consulting, from abroad. I want to immerse in different cultures and countries, trying to avoid to be exposed to the tech bubble all the time, and get as much as inspiration from the people in these countries and their culture.

I always found it meaningful to give something back to less blessed people. When traveling, I don't want to spend my days as a tourist in a foreign country. I want to have an impact while traveling. Especially, I want to be able to leave an impact on children's education in developing countries by teaching myself or . I deeply hope that I will get to know those small organizations that want to make a change where I can have an impact and spend some of my remaining time outside of the tech bubble.

Your opportunities to work with me:

  • Are you from a developing country and want to get into tech? You are learning about JavaScript and React but cannot effort to pay for the education? You can enrol in my courses for free. Create an account on my website and reach out to me with your email address which you have used on the platform. I will unlock all the content for you.

  • Do you have a platform where you sell educational content? You should consider not only the western market as your target group. Think about the people who are left out because the prices for the content are too high for them. That's why I built this Purchasing Parity Power API for JavaScript. You can use it as opt-in functionality on your course platform to make things affordable for others around the world.


It is an exciting time for me right now. At the moment, I am working with companies in Berlin remotely migrating their tech stack to web technologies. So if your company is keen to work with me on such things, or mentioned opportunities from the list, reach out to me. Otherwise, . Looking forward to hearing from you :-)

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