It’s been a while… I hate that song but it is true in this case. I haven’t blogged in quite some time and my subscriber list is showing the effects of that. For those of you still out there, thanks for sticking around, I really enjoy sharing my thoughts, desires, missteps and mistakes in my quest to become an
amazing decent single in London. Unfortunately my career has gotten in the way of keeping up with the blog in the last few months which is why I haven’t been able to keep you updated with all the lurid details of my dating life.
You see, I’ve made the rather terrifying decision to quit my day job and become a full time freelancer. It all started when a friend of mine showed me his profile on elance.com. He’s not a dumb guy, but I wouldn’t call him a software programming genius by any stretch of the imagination. He dabbles in wordpress development and can write a okay script now and again mind you, but I don’t think google will be beating down his door to have him rewrite their algo anytime soon. Still, he is absolutely killing it on elance! He gets all kinds of clients from every corner of the globe. They mostly hire him to escort them through the development stages of directory sites. Seems like a small niche, but he has made himself an authority on it and can pretty much write his own ticket. Here’s what elance’s homepage looks like:
You can see they are a force to be reckoned with. Well, I saw what he was doing and created my profile that day. The invites for jobs came rolling in almost immediately. Actually no they didn’t, it was complete silence for weeks on end. Despite his easygoing nature, my friend actually is a hard worker and it took him a lot of time to build the credibility of his profile to the point where big clients trusted him with their projects. I kept at it though and managed to find a few small jobs – way under my hourly rate – but I worked my arse off on them and earned a handful of 5 star reviews which are worth their weight in gold. Finally, around May, I landed my first really big client. A wealthy entrepreneur brought me on the team to oversee the technical aspects of designing a CMS system for escort directories. It was hard work and I had to really study a lot of Java scrip and jQuery that I though I knew, but couldn’t quite implement into his system. I’m really happy to say that we prevailed though and his product has hit the market and is already getting good reviews from customers. I’m really proud of the intuitive back-end/admin system we came up with, you can see a little bit of what it’s capable of here:
It looks so simple in that picture, but dozens of hours went into making it work smoothly. This has been a great experience. One that tested my abilities and made me a much better software script writer. Thanks for reading about it, if you have any stories about finding a new, exciting job opportunities outside of traditional working modalities please let me know about it in the comments.