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You’re welcome to review my freelancing story below; however, portions of it may be inaccurate or no longer applicable.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new house offered us a welcome change in scenery… and plenty of space for these hooligans, too:
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.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s kinda weird to have an about you section on my about me page, isn’t it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s Andréa and I in Punta Cana in April 2015. We returned to the same resort January 2016.
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.
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.
- 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.
So this was my story — but if you’re ready — perhaps it can be your story, too…
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