About Brent Jones

About Brent Jones


I officially abandoned my blog on December 15, 2016. (Full story here)

You’re welcome to review my freelancing story below; however, portions of it may be inaccurate or no longer applicable.


Hi there — I’m Brent, and welcome to my blog.

I’d like to say I’m going to be brief on this about page… but brevity has never been my strong suit. Plus, this story isn’t just about me… it’s about you, too.

It’s about everyone out there ready to ditch their 9-to-5 job to enjoy the freedom, flexibility and financial independence that freelancing offers.

Sure, I’ll tell you a bit about myself, and — hopefully, in some small way — it will inspire you to take action.

LET’S GET STARTED

“Listen, Brent… I’m not really into long and drawn-out stories. Can you just email me and tell me how to start freelancing instead?”

Sure.

Oh, and I should probably mention this upfront, too…

If you’re interested in learning more about the services I offer, you’re at the wrong place.

This is my personal blog where I help new and aspiring freelancers build their own online, service-based businesses. If you want to learn more about what I can do for your small business instead, click this green button:

Still with me?

Okay. Let’s get started.

My Story

Where should we start?

Well, I met my beautiful wife — Andréa Jones — back in 2013. We both were amateur YouTube content creators, and — believe it or not — we met through collaborating on a video together while living 1,000 miles apart.

Andréa Jones

In 2014, Andréa moved from Atlanta to Toronto so we could be together. That meant quitting her job and moving to the strange, frozen, barren, foreign land of Canada.

We got married in June that same year.

June 25, 2014

By September, we bought our first home together in Fort Erie. To put it in perspective, our house is roughly a mile from Buffalo, NY.

Fort Erie

The new house offered us a welcome change in scenery… and plenty of space for these hooligans, too:

Gibson & Stirling

That’s Gibson, a pug / shih tzu mix, and Stirling, a labrador retriever mix.

Within an hour of receiving the keys to our house, I handed in my resignation at work… Andréa and I had already decided to convert a couple of rooms into offices and start freelancing full-time.

Now, to be clear, I had never freelanced before. I had no prospective clients, no connections, and to the best of my knowledge, limited skills I could market online.

But with a mortgage to pay, we had to find a way to make it work.

Now it’s your turn.

About You

I know what you’re thinking. It’s kinda weird to have an about you section on my about me page, isn’t it?

Not really.

Why does anyone read an about page on a blog? More often than not, it’s to see how much we have in common with the author.

Despite our differences, I bet you are at least a tiny bit interested in launching your own online, service-based business, right? Working from home? Replacing your full-time income?

…so at least we have that in common.

See, I’m a firm believer that if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll keep getting what we’re getting. And if I could quit my job and start freelancing, you can do it, too. The only reason you aren’t making your full-time living online is because you haven’t tried yet.

(…or you simply don’t know where to start!)

Now, my story isn’t glamorous. The real truth? As a new freelancer, I worked my ass off for very little money… at first. Even now, I still work hard… but you already know that, because nothing worth having ever comes easy.

I rolled up my sleeves, offered fairly-priced services to small business owners, and I earned every dime I made.

And within a matter of months, I had replaced my full-time income on a monthly basis.

That’s my story.

And if you want it badly enough, it could be your story, too.

But why be a freelancer?

I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I tell people I freelance. To many, freelancing is just a fancy way of saying you’re unemployed.

But it’s so much more. Freelancing is an opportunity to be entirely self-sufficient. You get to be in business for yourself with very little risk or upfront capital required.

To me, freelancing means three things…

  • The freedom to be in complete control of my business
  • The flexibility to work where and when I chose
  • The financial independence of a recurring monthly income

And I wouldn’t trade any of those three things for the world.

Freedom

There’s no greater feeling than paying my mortgage each month without having to depend on someone else to write my pay check.

I do it all on my own. And that’s true freedom.

For that reason alone, I will never consider working for someone else again.

Flexibility

I think a lot of people confuse flexibility with laziness.

Flexibility simply means I get to choose when I work — not that I choose to take every day off. There’s a big difference.

And because I choose to focus my efforts online, it gives me the flexibility to work where I want, too.

I work from home, generally… although my wife and I packed our dogs in the car in 2015 for a 3 1/2 week road trip across the United States.

Road Trip 2015

Pretty cool, right?

It doesn’t mean we stopped working, though… instead, we stopped at hotels along the way, got our work done, checked out the cities we were in, and then kept moving.

Another example?

Here’s Andréa and I in Punta Cana in April 2015. We returned to the same resort January 2016.

Punta Cana

When I quit my job the year before, I told my boss my eventual goal was to work from the beach. For at least one week each year, I make sure that happens.

Financial Independence

When I go out for drinks with friends, they’re often a little too eager to pick up the tab — I think they think I’m struggling to get by…

A lot people seem to think that being a freelancer means you’re one step above broke. The truth is that I made a healthy, above-average income in my first full year of freelancing.

I know some of my friends get excited to receive a $500 bonus at work… others get excited for a 3 to 4 percent cost of living increase each year. And I’m on pace to double my earnings in 2016… maybe even triple them.

Do you want to freelance?

If you’re still with me at this point, there’s a good chance you’re ready to make a career change. And although I can’t hold your hand every step of the way, I can offer you tools, resources, and guidance to get started.

Are you…

  • Already unemployed?
  • About to quit your job?
  • A stay-at-home mom?
  • Dreaming of traveling the world?
  • Looking to earn some extra cash?

If you said yes to any of those questions, freelancing just might be for you.

LET’S GET STARTED

If you want to learn how to start your own successful online, service-based business, let me send you some info…

So this was my story — but if you’re ready — perhaps it can be your story, too…

Yours truly,

Brent

PS: If you’re looking for places around the web where I’ve contributed content — guest posts, interviews and expert roundups — here is a list:

Guest Posts

4 Ways Freelance Bloggers Can Avoid Clients From Hell [Blogging Wizard // Jun-21-2016]

How to Adapt Your Social Strategy as Your Blog Grows [Build Your Own Blog // Apr-20-2016]

How To Avoid Getting Burned When Outsourcing To Freelancers [Blogging Wizard // Apr-12-2016]

4 Key Challenges All Solopreneurs Face And How To Overcome Them [Blogging Wizard // Mar-10-2016]

Identify Your Ideal Customer And Watch Your Business Soar [Mad Lemmings // Mar-1-2016]

4 Surefire Strategies To Get Subscribers Opening Your Emails [UK Linkology // Dec-10-2015]

Should You Quit Your Job? I Think So – Here’s Why… [CarolAmato.com // Oct-19-2015]

5 Super Simple Strategies to Capture the Attention of Influencers (Without Being a Jerk!) [Shade of Info // Oct-12-2015]

The 7 Best Ways to Include Influencers in Your Content [Successful Blogging // Sep-28-2015]

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Video Interview Series [AdrienneSmith.net // Sep-21-2015]

What Is It That Makes Your Blog Special? [The Branded Solopreneur // Sep-16-2015]

The True Cost of Self-Limiting Beliefs [Social Garden // Jun-22-2015]

Why Google+ Is Better Than Facebook for My Blog [Build Your Own Blog // Jan-29-2015]

3 Simple Things All New Twitter Users Should Do [Online Super Ninja // Dec-1-2014]

5 Big Misconceptions I Learned Working With Dealerships [Unhaggle // Nov-5-2014]

Interviews

Achieving freedom, flexibility and financial independence, with Brent Jones [Epic Freelancing // Oct-24-2016]

Meet Successful Online Freelancer Brent Jones [David Boozer // Sep-26-2016]

Building Your Freelance Biz with Brent Jones [Andrea Beltrami // Jun-14-2016]

Find Freelance Success with Tips from Six Figure Freelancer Brent Jones [Matthew Loomis // Jun-8-2016]

Interview with Brent Jones from Brent Jones Online [Rachel Wolany // May-7-2016]

Brent Jones, On Making Income Online Through Freelancing [Yusuff Busayo // Mar-9-2016]

Interview with Brent Jones [Cheryl Keyworth, Walter Pederson // Sep-4-2015]

The Hurdles A Blogger Faces & How To Overcome [Wade Harman // Aug-20-2015]

Maximize Your Email Marketing Results with Brent Jones [Enstine Muki // May-21-2015]

Expert Roundups

52 Influencers Reveal Their Best and Worst Monetization Secrets [Trafeze Blog // Nov-15-2016]

Tips for Motivation: Unmissable Advice from 192 Experts [Thoughtful Growth // Nov-1-2016]

How to Come Up With Epic Blog Posts – 17 Experts Share Their Top Secrets [Corinne Kerston // Oct-11-2016]

How to Start a Successful Blog – 80 Experts Share Their Best Blog Tips [Blogging Tips // Oct-9-2016]

57 Experts Share Tips on How to Create the Best Content Possible [Infographic Design Team // Sep-29-2016]

7 Freelancers Share Their Best Time Management Tips [Epic Freelancing // Sep-27-2016]

61 Experts Reveal How To Consistently Create Epic Content [Launch Your Dream // Sep-22-2016]

Avoid These 8 Mistakes & Create Facebook Ads That Work [neatly.io // Aug-31-2016]

WordPress Theme Recommendation by 26 Expert Bloggers [Vashishtha Kapoor // Aug-4-2016]

72 Pro Blogging Tips For Beginners [Launch Your Dream // Jul-28-2016]

16 Top Freelancers Tell You How They Found Their Niche [My Adaptable Career // Jul-19-2016]

37 Experts Reveal Their Biggest Blogging Mistakes (So You Don’t Make Them!) [The Blogging Buddha // Jul-16-2016]

26 Phone Apps that Make LIFE Easier (for blogging or business) [Wording Well // Jul-14-2016]

Our First Freelance Writing Gigs: 11 Experts Share Their Stories [Work at Home Inspiration // Jul-8-2016]

82 Experts Reveal Their Best Time Management Tips [AdaptRM // Jul-5-2016]

43 Creators Share How to Find Your Voice Online [Daniela Uslan // Jun-30-2016]

How To Start An Online Business, Tips and Tricks From 52 Experts [Mad Lemmings // Jun-28-2016]

143 Fatal Mistakes New Bloggers Need To Avoid [Launch Your Dream // Jun-23-2016]

Blogging Success: 100 Experts Share their Greatest Accomplishment [Bloggingthing // Jun-18-2016]

35+ Bloggers Share Their Top Secret Strategies for Google+ Traffic [Warfare Plugins // Jun-17-2016]

130+ Online Experts Share Their Sleep & Productivity Secrets [Philipscom // Jun-7-2016]

36 Blogging Experts Share How To Increase Engagement And Social Shares [Successful Blogging // Jun-2-2016]

Blog Growth Hacking Tips, Social Media Tools, and Make Money Blogging [Web Hosting Secret Revealed // May-23-2016]

Over 100 Internet Business Ideas To Make Your Millions Online [Mad Lemmings // May-17-2016]

How Far Ahead Should I Plan Blog Content? [Content Academy // May-10-2016]

63 Experts Share Their Best Email Marketing Tools [Blogging Aid // May-7-2016]

15 Expert Tips For Unblocking Writer’s Block [Huffington Post // Apr-25-2016]

How To Build An Email List That Can Bring Incredible Results: 11 Bloggers Tell All [UK Linkology // Apr-21-2016]

Influencer Marketing Mistakes: The Full Step-by-Step Guide With Proof From The Influencers Themselves [Foolishness File // Mar-30-2016]

What Do 55 Bloggers Think About Love, Relationship & Romance? [Best of Guru // Feb-14-2016]

How to Choose a Brand Name That Fits You like a Glove [The Branded Solopreneur // Jan-12-2016]

The Zen of Achieving Goals in Time [Naman Board // Jan-9-2016]

8 Experts Share Their New Year 2016 Blogging Resolutions [MyMagicFundas // Jan-1-2016]

What Is Your Biggest Achievement And Worst Failure In Blogging So Far? [Philipscom // Dec-18-2015]

108 Experts Give Advice to New Bloggers [Bloggingthing // Dec-8-2015]

13 Established Bloggers on What They Would Have Done Differently [Content Academy // Oct-22-2015]

15 Top Bloggers And Writers Reveal Their Best Writing Tool For Killer Blog Posts [Blogging Wizard // Oct-13-2015]

19 Social Media Authorities Reveal the Risk Hidden in Your Profile [Holt Marketing // Oct-7-2015]

117 Tips On How To Set Goals From Successful Entrepreneurs [Time Management Chef // Sep-8-2015]

8 Industry Experts Share Their Top Ways to Get Real Attention Online [Be Rohanlicious // Aug-31-2015]

The Best WordPress Plugins of 2015 – 30 Pros Reveal Theirs [Mad Lemmings // Aug-4-2015]

How These 31 Successful Bloggers Overcame Failure [Sherman Smith’s Blog // Jul-13-2015]

Facebook Ads For Bloggers: How 44 Experts Use Facebook To Get Traffic To Their Blogs [NicheHacks // Jul-4-2015]

80 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy Experts [Time Management Chef // Apr-30-2015]

24 Bloggers Reveal Their Secret, Can’t-Fail Strategies To Effectively Generate Blog Topics [Shade of Info // Feb-23-2015]


Want to chat about a guest post, an interview, or ask me to participate in your next expert roundup? Send an email to info [at] brentjonesonline [dot] com or simply use the contact form in the footer below.