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My story at Codeable began in early 2016. I already was a pretty experienced freelancer and decided to try to join one of the most important and well-known development agencies for WordPress.
I already heard of them talking with colleagues in the WP community, and I knew they have a tough screening process. But I like challenges and to compile an application form takes only 2 minutes, so I said myself: why not?
Nothing happened for months, then I got an email from the Codeable Vetting Team telling me they reviewed my profile and I was admitted to the second step. Then I went through the test project, the live coding test with Chris – now head of customer success and expert community at Codeable, the aptitude/communication test with Kendra, and the final interview with Per, the CEO of the company who personally makes sure of the quality of the developers who will join the team.
I was almost there I needed to pass the 30 day trial period, but something unexpected happened. I got involved in a couple of big projects from my long-term customers and had no time to go ahead and complete the review process.
I know, this was not a good choice. But we are humans, and we make mistakes.
I sent several emails asking to go ahead and complete the application process, but talking with the Codeable team, I understood it would not be so easy. But the moment arrived and on 1st of July, I was officially a Codeable Expert.
Four months later, I can proudly say I completed 150+ projects.
I personally worked with three types of customers:
In any case, I found the experience very stimulating. I love working with agencies because I feel I can make the most of my skills, but it’s also rewarding helping entrepreneurs starting out, and see how much value they give to our guidance.
Once a client posts a project or a specific task on Codeable, we use to:
I worked in several agencies and online marketplaces, and this is the first time I see this kind of organized workflow, which in 98.9% of cases leads to a successfully completed project and satisfied customer.
Building relationships is a key factor at Codeable. Many clients come back to me more than one time a week to check projects and discuss new tasks. This is not limited to expert/customer relation, but I am in touch on an almost daily basis with the whole team to share experiences, improve my work and ask for bits of advice when I need. I really can’t imagine my life at Codeable without Jasmine, David, Raleigh, Giulio, Jordy and all others – thanks guys!
Last but not least, Codeable is made by developers and for developers, and from the first day, I felt surrounded by awesome and knowledgeable people ready to help and share experiences!
Many of them reached me directly when I started, providing precious and valuable tips to get started in the best way. I really would thank them all, but Nathan, Luca, Rado, Jonathan, Mike, Panos, Liam ❤️, Robin made me really feel home.
Being a good coder is not enough, most importantly, you have to be a good manager. It is difficult to explain, but in these four months at Codeable, I really understood the importance of planning, analysis, and communication in a project. The first steps are critical, and a well-planned project allows us to work smarter and clients feel comfortable going ahead. Tomaz – the co-founder and CTO of Codeable – gave an inspiring talk about this at WordCamp Bern 2017.
Skills matter, when a project fits our skills, we can deliver awesome code on-time and on-budget, and that’s what we usually do.
There is always more to achieve. You can learn from mistakes and successes, grow and deliver better experiences.
I am looking forward to telling you more stories about this beautiful experience. In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of me wearing the stylish Codeable shirt.
Update 2020: I rarely update blog posts, but when I do it’s for a good reason! After 3 years I am still working full-time on Codeable.io and this makes it the longest ongoing work experience in my life.
I am the kind of guy who gets bored quickly, but on Codeable I was able to easily find new stimuli. Every new project and every new client is a different experience and this makes all the difference in the world for me.
In 3 years I completed more than 1000 projects and in 2018 I joined the Codeable Vetting Team, to give my contribution to the interview process for new Codeable Experts.
Thanks for reading.