49: Nuno Arruda, Front-End Angular Developer

Nuno is a Front-End Angular Developer from Portugal, he helps individuals and companies build websites, web apps, and mobile apps.

Nuno Arruda

Nuno Arruda

You can find him here:
Website: https://nunoarruda.com/
E-mail: nuno@nunoarruda.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nunoarruda/

  1. Hi Nuno, how long have you been working as a freelancer now?

I started doing small freelance gigs in my spare time in 2012 and eventually became a full-time freelancer in 2013.

  1. What inspired you to become a freelancer? Did you think about it for a long time or did your decision come suddenly?

I was an employee of a web agency during the 2010+ Portuguese financial crisis. During that time I was already thinking about what to do if I ever got laid off. Becoming a freelancer and working remotely was the idea I had in mind because the professional freedom it could provide me was very attractive. I could work for clients worldwide, choose projects I’d find more interesting, and work from anywhere. I was laid off in 2013 and started working as a freelancer.

  1. How did you gain your first customers?

I gained my first customers thru my network connections. I’ve approached a few people who I already knew and presented them my services.

  1. Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Elon Musk has been my greatest inspiration. I’m not building electric cars or sending rockets to space like Elon is but his perseverance, attention to detail, and embrace of failure are truly inspiring.

We3, a mobile app to make new friendships

We3, a mobile app to make new friendships

  1. John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?

I gain clients mostly by scraping the web for job posts, being part of like-minded communities, and having a good online presence like a personal website and/or LinkedIn profile.

  1. Do you hire outsourcing service providers for services, which you believe are a waste of your time?

I personally don’t hire outsourcing services but this is a good question for companies which usually do. I’ve been part of outsourcing service teams before and had a good experience but I’m aware of clients that had a bad experience with outsourcing services which ended up being a waste of time and money. I would advise companies to make sure they are hiring outsourcing services from a serious and established outsourcing company with vetted professionals.

  1. How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?

I work 40 hours per week and my typical working day varies from project to project or from client to client. I might work on a project as a solo developer or in a project that requires interaction with a team. I might have a meeting every day or just once in a while. I have a nomadic lifestyle and when I’m not working I’m usually exploring the city I’m currently visiting. I also study computer science in my spare time at the University of the People.

Proximity Lab, the website of an interaction design studio

Proximity Lab, the website of an interaction design studio

  1. What would you do differently if you would start again?

If I would start again I would try not to ignore my feelings and try to be more assertive. It is ok to say what you think, to say no, or to fire a client when you feel that things are not working.

  1. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?

I’m not a book person, books don’t work for me because I quickly lose attention after reading a few sentences. I prefer video content but, having said that, I can recommend the “Front-End Developer Handbook” by Cody Lindley. This guide is useful for anyone that wants to learn about the practice of front-end development.

  1. What was the best business advice you received? Do you have any advice for other freelancers?

The best business advice I’ve received was not to try being a jack of all trades. I would also advise this to other freelancers. Identify what you do best or what type of work you prefer to do and master it, be an expert in that niche.

Webflow, a web design web app

Webflow, a web design web app

  1. Top 3 mobile apps on your smartphone?
  • Gmail
  • Blockfolio
  • Clash Royale
  1. Top 3 websites?
  • Google.com
  • YouTube.com,
  • Wikipedia.org
  1. Your last vacation?

September 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.