Army Veteran Turned Freelance Web Developer

I joined the Army in June of 2001. I’d like to say I was the patriotic type who joined to defend my country and its ideals, but the truth is… I was broke.

A poor kid from a poor town of 200 in the middle of Nebraska, I grew up in a mice-infested trailer home. More likely to end up dead or in jail than anything else.

For me, the Army was my “way out”… so, I thought.

Of course, 9/11 happened just a few months after I joined and next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Iraq. 

It was there I discovered this thing called “web development”.

John Morris

I thought to myself, “Wait, I can learn how to CREATE these websites?” I was instantly hooked. At that time, we had makeshift “internet cafes” that with 4-5 computers we could used 30 minutes at a time. So, that’s how I learned web development. In a makeshift room, on “just barely better than dial-up” internet, 30 minutes at a time.

When I got home, I was a completely different person… and, I knew the 9-to-5 life wasn’t for me. I tried it, but I just couldn’t do it. And so, I started freelancing. I took a lot of lumps and learned a lot of things “the hard way”, but I can say I’ve freelanced full-time from home for the past 10 years. Some of the clients I’ve worked with include bestselling authors like Lewis Howes and Michael Hyatt, famous online marketers like Ray Edwards, Armand Morin and Andre Chaperon and big companies like Inc. Magazine.

A few years back, I decided to start teaching what I’d learned about freelancing over the years. My method is direct and to-the-point, like I learned as military instructor. I’m not an entertainer, I’m a teacher — and, I take what I do very seriously because I know other people’s livelihoods — their hopes and dreams — are at stake.

I’m fortunate to have people who’ve said nice about me, like this:

What Others Are Saying

John is amazing!
Lewis Howes
Bestselling Author
I recommend John every chance I get. Highest recommendation.
Ray Edwards
Bestselling Author
I can't thank you enough for your work and wisdom.
Lewis Schiff
Inc. Magazine
I'm a fan. I have completed several of John's courses. I find him very knowledgeable and he has a great delivery.
Oliver Wainwright
John has a relaxed and engaging manner. His advice is solid and the explanations are well thought out.
Jim DeJonge
John Morris is exceptional in his ability to give focused insight into Freelancing and starting one's business. His direct method inspire confidence in his honesty.
Andrew Malone
John has a talent for taking complex subjects and communicating them in terms that anyone can understand. This is a rare combination.
Bob Patterson
The Patterson Group
John has a particular knack for the development and training of others.
Aaron Gotta
Top-Rated Lawyer
John has a habit of over-delivering on the expectations he sets up. That's why he's the best.
Jason Rumley
John is one of the best instructors I have come across.
Thabo Motsoahae
Web Developer
John is top-notch and a great guy to work with.
Bobbi Raffin
Raffin Services
John has provided expert knowledge and advice on multiple occasions that have helped me better serve my clients. John is a Rockstar!
Steve Dimmick
Digital Marketer
John is a man of integrity, who gives generously of himself to projects and people he cares about.
Michael Skye
John is an excellent teacher.
Fionn Ross
John really delivers!
Erika Swafford

These days, I publish a free daily newsletter, called Freelance Secrets, where I help other freelancers to charge more, make more and work less — sharing all the lessons I’ve learned the past 15 years starting and growing my own freelance business. If you’d like me to start sending you those tips, you can subscribe to that newsletter here:

And, either way, thanks for reading!

John Morris