- Typically, I work on a contractual basis. Ideally, we have a chat about my journey these past 5 years and the work you do, and a short (paid) trial period of sorts follows. Don’t like my work? Bad culture fit? No worries — we’ll both be on our way. Not much is lost.
- I’m a generalist; most keen on Django, CSS, and accessibility. I’m okay to pick up React if need be but I try to avoid it.
- I’m open to >$1900/month before taxes (EUR, GBP, INR equivalents). My preference is for a 4-day work week. Remote-first companies are most welcome — coming to the office should be optional.
- I’d prefer smarter people around me I can learn from. If I’m able to afford housing close to office and I live in the same country as well, I’d love to occasionally drop by and work in person as well.
- Running a non-profit for affirmative action? I’m especially interested in your work. We can discuss a cut-rate for my services.
- A more traditional resume can be arranged over email on request.
- If you want to hire me, let’s talk!
Past client feedback.
Ru deserves a recommendation, but I’m unhappy as I write this because I fear it will lead to her moving away from my company for an amazing opportunity I can’t yet provide her with.
She considers herself a generalist, but the work you get from her would make you assume whatever aspect you had her working on was her specialty. She adapts to new technology with ease and hops in and out of different projects, in different languages, as if she had been working on them from day 1.
Not only that, but she can turn ugly projects into a work of art and complex projects into understandable projects, with detailed documentation.
If you take her away from me, I’ll hate you.— Joseph, Owner, OkayRelax
Ru has been a great help in fixing the mobile dashboard UI for Plausible Analytics. Now it all looks and works beautifully on all the different mobile devices. Thousands of people using the product now enjoy the work that Ru has done for us.— Marko Saric, Co-Founder, Plausible Analytics
Ru has been an integral part of our development team, working tirelessly for excellence. She has proven her ability to think of best practice as well as applying herself as a developer and as to what is best for the user when reviewing UX and UI.
She is accurate with her timings and thorough with her questioning to make sure what she is working on is correct first time, and really embeds herself into the project goals.
Oh, and as for her work, it’s fantastic! She’s a great asset to have on the team!— Spike Bowen, Senior Producer, Mediablaze
What it’s like working with me.
While Indian Standard Time (IST) is most desirable, there is plenty of wiggle room for folks from the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU). I usually adjust my work hours to have a healthy overlap with your work hours.
In some cases, I might even be able to work completely in your office hours!
I generally enjoy agency with my clients. In return, I offer them a complete, transparent, and timely view of things.
I’m very honest — and a part of that is sometimes needing to take the day off for mental health reasons. I’m usually able to come in anyway and fix something small when it’s urgent.
There’s a lot of reading material on this if you’re interested (not vetted!):
- Mental health in the workplace: Explores mental health issues in the workplace focusing on supporting employees’ mental health by CIPD
- Mental health in the workplace: Going global by WHO
- How to support mental health at work by Mental Health Foundation UK
Frequently asked questions.
When are you available next?
I’m available to work full-time from . At the moment, I am not taking any part-time engagements.
What are you best at?
I find myself excelling at improving user interfaces and customer experiences. I started out as a front-end developer, and really enjoy this part of my job.
Lately, I’ve scaled myself up to include DevOps and some tools on the back-end. Ultimately, I consider being self-sufficient important. In that light, I’ve been doing Python and more so Django, lately.
I would not say I’m an expert at any single tool — probably the hallmark of a generalist.
While these project pages should offer you a decent overview, they are still to be considered a work-in-progress: both the projects themselves and the project pages.
Freelancing in India: A Handbook: “A simple and comprehensive guide to start making sense of the legal framework for Indian freelancers.”
- Smix Eleventy Starter: “A standards-respecting starter kit for Eleventy. Go Indie.”
- Bill My Pocket: “Data-driven static website that evaluates whether a regional price for a software subscription is fair in a given country. This is based on the concept of Purchasing Power Parity.”
Celestial: “A CMS-of-sorts built on open standards (Micropub & IndieAuth). Bring your own IndieWeb micro-blog and enjoy this lucid publishing interface.” Guest Comments API: “A simple, self-hosted Express.js API written in TypeScript for guest comments on my now-defunct static site.”