This is our fourth interview for the Freelance Five series – our collection of quick interviews with freelancers from around the world.
Today we have Carlos Hermoso from Málaga, Spain.
I’m a freelance web developer based in Spain. I graduated from Software Development at I.E.S. Mediterráneo. After that, I attended FORMAN – Formation & Innovation Centre of Andalusia for a Graphic Design and Web Development Masters. I’m also qualified as a Trainer of Trainers at Euroinnova Formación accredited Training Centre.
I specialize in web standards compliant web sites with valid and semantic markup, PSD to XHTML and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I also run this weblog (only in Spanish), where I write articles on web standards, XHTML & CSS and this photolog where I showcase pictures of places that I have visited.
My online portfolio: carloshermoso.com
1. What area of the creative industry do you work in?
I specialize in web standards compliant web sites with valid and semantic markup, but I also work with web apps, PSD to XHTML & CSS and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
2. When and why did you become a freelancer?
I started freelancing about two years ago, but I’say it was a year ago when I became a full time freelancer. I became a freelancer because of the freedom you get with it: the ability to work from home or wherever you are.
3. What do you enjoy most about freelancing?
I can choose the work I want to do and that feels so good.
4. What do you think is the key to success as a freelancer?
You have to be constant and love what you work at.
5. Do you have any new career advice for new freelancers?
Just don’t forget becoming a freelancer is not all fun. You have to be responsible since you are your own business. If you fail it fails with you, and when you success it also does. And never stop learning!
Many thanks to Carlos for taking the time to answer our questions.
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