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”.
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:
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: https://learnwithjohn.com
And, either way, thanks for reading!