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Lara Littlefield is a remote engineering lead, full stack developer & entrepreneur. She's also a product manager, UI & UX designer and business strategist based out of New York, NY & Boston, MA.

Lara has solved business problems with web & mobile application design, development and growth for consumers and enterprise markets alike for over 21 years. She builds mission-critical software for clients such as Aol, Columbia University and many others in addition to her technology businesses in SaaS and other fields.

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Overview

I design, engineer, and sell software for both clients and my own businesses by leaning on over 20 years of professional experience in the technology industry leading and working with agencies, product and SaaS companies.

As a full-stack engineer focused on JavaScript, PHP, Node, GraphQL, REST, Vue, React, cloud architecture, relational databases, and many other languages and systems I primarily build and ship mission-critical websites and applications for eCommerce, marketing, SaaS, platforms, and other consumer or enterprise applications. For more complex applications I usually transform existing processes into automated business logic in code that speeds up or improves overall business outcomes.

I'm also a UI and UX designer, art director and marketing & business consultant which allows me the opportunity to build and grow tech throughout its entire life cycle. My code is always production-ready and I also lead deployment and the creation of entire release systems for new builds.

Is your current product or online presence ambitious enough?

Whether for an audience of millions or a more intimate group my ability to overdeliver in terms of the value each of my clients expects is achieved through a practice of proprietary methods for fine-tuning and finishing the smallest details and indicators of quality. In return I ask that my clients be unafraid to innovate and be ambitious in building technology solutions that positively impact their customers.

For some non-engineering, design and marketing roles I lead a trusted & vetted team of agency professionals through my 15 years of experience owning and leading a full-service agency. If your technical needs are more complex I may also suggest that we bring on additional engineers beyond myself to achieve larger goals.

In addition to my done-for-you services I also regularly consider roles as an advisor and consultant to early-stage startups and mid-sized technology companies. As an advisor I help businesses with high-level technology decisions such as architecture in addition to many other areas of growth, customer acquisition and scaling by transferring my knowledge to your team in a way they can leverage for the long-term.

Process

After your initial message I'll ask you to complete a questionnaire before our first meeting over voice or video conference. This document will organize the key issues facing the project as we move forward and will provide me the basis from which to build your solutions and development plan. The questionnaire is especially important if this is a completely new or fully redesigned application, product or website.

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    Starting with discovery, we’ll define the scope of your project and each of the expected deliverables together in addition to other high-level technology decisions around architecture or business requirements.
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    During wire framing we’ll bring the look and feel of your site or app to life, followed by prototyping and complete UI/UX design.
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    Your project will then be completed through an agile development process and finished with quality assurance and a launch support window to fix any bugs or remaining issues as you go live.

During our first call or meeting I'll listen to the problems you’d like to solve. After our call I'll dig in further to align your objectives and deliverables with the problems I find your customers are actually facing to write my development plan. Some larger projects include discovery which ensures your development plan will match your budgetary and delivery time requirements from the start.

Each proposal includes an overview, milestones, scheduling and pricing plus a draft contract. Changes can also be made to this plan as the project progresses thanks to our unique approach to agile or lean development methods.

Projects are usually delivered completely remotely thanks to a set of helpful, asynchronous communication and technology tools such as GitHub, Trello, Asana, InvVision, Figma and others depending on your current preference. I’m also available to meet onsite or in New York, NY, Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA, including travel expenses and advance notice.

The long-term value I add to each project is accomplished through a combination of talent, skills, and experience honed over 20+ years of successful launches, migrations and deployments. This value adds long-term growth or automation within mission-critical business processes allowing clients to see the results of each project grow long after delivery.

Trust

When you have the right people on your team you can become unstoppable. My goal in every project is to ship products that build this type of momentum to draw in customers and add compounding returns and value to the business. I've delivered on this promise for organizations of all types including corporations, startups, partner agencies, small businesses and many others and look forward to the opportunity to apply these same methods to your business.

While this overview offers some insight into my process I encourage you to contact me with some details about your project for us to discuss further.

Pricing

Please find a list of available services and deliverable options for your project below. If you have a technology stack already just let me know.

Pricing is simple and transparent throughout every step of the project process. After a small deposit for your total estimate you'll receive weekly invoices and detailed milestone reports explaining the work accomplished and delivered during the prior week. You only pay for completed work and can review or make changes to the direction of the project at anytime.

Some projects inlcude recurring monthly retainers for three months or more according to the number of hours, days or weeks the project will require to complete while other projects are billed hourly.

Honesty, clarity and dependability are part of my core values. I accomplish this by constantly refining my ability to clearly align client expectations and reality. Using exceptional communication and interdisciplinary management skills I'm able to add the value I've already honed over 100s of sucessful projects. For more information and to share more about your goals or problems let's chat.

Hourly & daily rates available

Equal parts grit & skill

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What I do

Create Brands

  • Brand strategy
  • Brand identity
  • Brand system
  • Voice, tone & messaging
  • Partnerships

Build Products

  • Mobile apps
  • Web apps
  • eCommerce
  • Subscriptions & memberships
  • AI/ML
  • 3D experiences for VR & AR
  • SaaS & technology platforms
  • API service integrations
  • PWAs & static sites

Marketing

  • Websites
  • Advertising
  • Social

How I do it

Strategy & Design

  • Research & discovery
  • Product management
  • Architecture
  • Analytics & testing
  • Branding & art direction
  • UI/UX
  • SaaS & platform strategy

Engineering

  • Full-stack development
  • Cloud & app architecture
  • PHP, JavaScript, Liquid, Node
  • REST, GraphQL
  • HTML, SCSS, CSS
  • Angular, React, Vue
  • Custom apps, plugins & themes
  • WordPress, Laravel
  • Shopify, WooCommerce
  • Speed, performance & security

Content

  • Search marketing (SEO, PPC)
  • Content marketing
  • Copywriting

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