Sit around and listen children for this is the story of a simple freelancer. Today I bring you back in time all the way to 2010. Back to a time when the internet still felt fresh to me and I was only 13. I had just started learning about wordpress and what a freelancer was. You can learn all you want but the hardest part was finding a job to use my skills on. Learn it all from the eyes of a 13 year old to a blogging 19 year old. As a kid I was always trying to get my parents to buy me the newest thing. From the newest ipad to a new xbox game there was always something. So I did what any kid would do and google how to make money fast. After signing up for all these sites promising free stuff and money I got serious and a new email address. I started researching real things and stumbled across freelancing. It seemed like a pretty easy gig to me. So I started learning everything there was about websites. I figured I could learn what I could and google the rest. So now that I had a bit of knowledge I started looking for work. Damn it is hard to find a job. I looked everywhere to find a job. Twitter and Instagram were not big yet so it was harder to find sites that needed help. So using my young mind I came up with my own strategy. I took what I knew and built myself a site. I needed experience and this was the easiest way to create work. No one I talked to would hire me so I let them come to me. I created one of those scam websites so kids could get a free ipod touch. I know kinda sleeze but I wanted to make a bit of money creating a site. The idea was that people would see my site and ask me for help running their site. Oh how I was so silly. All I got was the exact opposite. I wouldn’t stop getting emails from people asking me if I needed help with my site. Not one email I could use. So I did what I knew how to. I developed my own website more and more. I found new ways to monetize it. I just hated the fact that I was doing the same project every day. I rather work on multiple small projects every day then one big one. I was 13 I wasn’t ready for responsibility yet. Eventually the site began to really bring in a profit. The good thing besides more money was more proof that I knew what I was doing. Later into this project I was being pretty successful. So successful that I got a offer to buy the site. I was all over this. I was so happy to be freed from my project. Not to mention that the fact that the check was pretty big to a 13 year old kid. It took almost 2 days to have the sale done and finalized. I couldn’t believe that I was able to get it all done. Honestly I still can’t believe that I was able to pull this off. I know this isn’t a story about freelancing but it’s the start of my journey and how I came to be here. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. This is my first entry with more to come and a lot more coming about freelancing. Way more technical parts along with seeing various companies coming into the mix. Stay tuned for the next entry.
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