Our member of the week is Ronald Gehrmann. Ronald is a freelance information technology professional, specializing in Macintosh computers, as well as a web/print/logo designer. If you or your business is having computer trouble, or you would just like to learn more about what you can do with your Mac, Ronald can help you out. Ronald is available for help with your PC as well, but he is an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist and a member of Apple Consultants Network, so he is kept up to date with the latest news regarding Macs. To see what some of Ronald’s customers have to say about his work and to learn more about Ronald’s work with Macs, be sure to visit his website and his profile on our yellow pages. To see some of Ronald’s work as a communications designer, check out his other website. Also learn more about Ronald’s freelancing experiences in our interview below.

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1. What has been your most interesting project?

For Mac support: Working with a visually impaired writer to configure her iMac so she can feel comfortable and confident using it. For web/print design: Doing a complete logo and website makeover for www.marvelousmanhattantours.com to properly showcase this dynamic business and increase its visibility & sales.

**2. Why did you decide to go freelance? **

I was tired of being someone else's employee: working too hard for not enough money, with no independence. Although freelancing has its downsides, I value being able to set my own priorities, and I enjoy the freedom to choose my clients and projects.

3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?

Be ethical, take great pride in all aspects of your work, treat each and every client well. Word-of-mouth advertising is the best.

4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?

I've got lots more exploring to do, but so far I'm very fond of my neighborhood in Astoria, Roosevelt Island, and Central Park.

5. What is your inspiration?

For Mac support: Bridging the divide between technology and people. Seeing a client's face light up with joy and delight when they've accomplished a task or learned a new skill. For web/print design: Finding beauty and functionality in simplicity. Working closely with a client to discover and hone their message, then communicate it effectively.