Our freelancer of the week has known right from the beginning, that one day she would like to be her own boss and possibly start her own company. With that in mind, Zaneta Baran started to work on some smaller projects while studying Software Engineering and after that kept going while working as a regular employee to gain experience. Now Zaneta fulfilled her dream and is freelancing full time. She does Magento development and is very happy with it…
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Our freelancer of the week has known
right from the beginning, that one day
she would like to be her own boss and
possibly start her own company. With
that in mind, Zaneta Baran started to
work on some smaller projects while
studying Software Engineering and
after that kept going while working as
a regular employee to gain experience.
Now Zaneta fulfilled her dream and is
Magento development and is very
happy with it…
1) First off, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Żaneta Baran. I’m a 23 year old developer,
based in Cracow, Poland. I’m a certified Magento frontend
developer. Mainly I’m successfully working on Magento
(frontend as well as backend): creating shops from scratch,
handling ongoing maintenance, creating dedicated
extensions. Also I know Wordpress, Woocommerce and
Prestashop very well. I’m making graphic design (website
designs, logo etc) too.
1) First off, can you tell us a bit about yourself? (cont‘d)
I have been a freelancer for six years now and while that time I
was also working for several IT companies, where I've gained
experience while working on various Magento projects for
Polish and international clients (mainly from Germany, US,
UK and Australia). Now I’m focusing on my own career. I’m
working as a freelancer; also I’m running my sole
proprietorship, which is named NoRestrictions. It allows me
to work with clients on B2B rules. For both at work and in
private life I love challenges and the thrill of adrenaline. I ride
a motorcycle, jump with a parachute and like boxing.
2) If you would search for your profile on Google, which are
the keywords you would type in the search bar?
Depends, which services I would be looking for:
Magento Developer Freelancer
Experienced Magento Developer
Magento Frontend Developer
Magento Backend Developer
3) What was your inspiration and when did you actually
decide to become a freelancer?
During my studies I knew that I wanted to work as a
freelancer or start my own company. I like being my own
boss. I've always admired the young people who threw
themselves into deep water and at young age founded a
company. Then I thought to myself that in IT I can be a
freelancer! It’s even better! At studies I caught some small
projects. Then I worked for several companies to gain
experience and references, which were useful to me in
search of customers as a freelancer.
3) What was your inspiration and when did you actually
decide to become a freelancer? (cont’d)
In addition, the work in a company allowed me to acquire the
ability of working with clients. Right now I work as a
freelancer full time, eight hours a day, from Monday to
4) What kind of services have your clients asked you to
Mainly I was creating websites and webstores. I made
specifications with clients or their support documentation.
I made templates, PSD to HTML/Wordpress/Magento. Also
I maintain some of my projects I’ve created. I made
amendments to existing websites/webstores, I also
developed them. I was running big, time consuming
projects as well as some small two hour jobs. Also I made
some Magento and Wordpress extensions. I’m also a
5) Do you use other freelancers or companies to provide
skills that you don’t possess?
I have my own trusted team, which consists of two
developers behind me. We know each other from studies.
Each of us has its own, separate projects, but sometimes
we help each other out when needed. It also happens that
the customer needs a few developers in a single project.
Then I arrange to meet with my team on clients request
and we work together.
6) Now tell us, how do you find new clients that are
interested in your services?
Mainly I use freelancing websites. When I have time I’m
going to conferences or some trainings in my home city to
meet new people = potential clients. Also, if I have the
time and money I travel to other countries, make new
friends, come to BNI meetings or others and try to sell my
services. But the best ways to raise the number of clients
are recommendations from others and their feedback-
then clients come by themselves.
7) What about freelancermap.com? Can you tell us a little
bit about your experience with our IT-network?
I set up an account on this portal recently. I found mention
about the portal on Twitter with a „#”. The site is well
designed and clear. I'm just beginning my adventure with
freelancermap.com, but I can see huge potential.
8) How do you set yourself apart from your competitors?
What makes you special?
First of all, working with Magento which is not very popular
among freelancers helps. Work on Magento requires
extensive experience and knowledge, especially best
practice and moreover definitely an experience and
positive feedback from customers. I always work at 100%,
or even 120%, so that the customer is satisfied and he
wants me to come back and share the experience in other
projects as well.
9) What are the top three books, blogs or magazines you
read to stay up to date in the IT-market?
10) Freestyle! Is there anything you would like to tell our
My trick is to look for unusual ways to find projects. A great
tool is for example Twitter. This way I found
freelancermap.com. So try to think in not hackneyed ways.
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