Even though Josiah had a steady tech project, he couldn’t help but feel stifled from the monotony of their 9-5 lifestyle.

“The workplace environment has been sucking the life out of me. I sat in a cubicle all day and I just hated it. So I chose to stop and start my own firm.”

Josiah is a web developer on Upwork.
Photo from Chris Daniels

Josiah quickly took charge of his new freelance business, and it seemed like his huge move was about to pay off.

“It functioned perfectly — my previous boss became my very first client. I had been on retainer together, earning the exact same amount as my past fulltime salary. I picked up a couple of new clients, also. It had been the best of both worlds”

But little did he know, tough times were just around the corner.

“I lost my retainer, along with all of my other clients, within just a couple of months. The job just sort of dried up at once. I needed to rethink matters to get back on my toes. I had a family to support.”

With things starting to get tight, then Josiah went out on a limb and decided to move cross-country for another office job.

“I got an offer in the e-commerce company. For a while, I scaled the ladder and finished up with a few leadership roles at a couple of different tech businesses. I had been pretty profitable. But before I knew it, I had been miserable. Each time that I switched jobs, I felt like I was just interviewing for the exact same job repeatedly.”

Asking the Ideal questions

Being at the exact same place again did not feel so great. But this time, Josiah finally realized what was holding him back from feeling happy in the office: he was asking himself the incorrect questions all along.

“I got really truthful with myself. I ceased asking, ‘What job do I want?’ And I started asking, ‘How can I really want my life to look like? My job, my marriage, my family? What’s my ideal day-to-day?’ That painted a completely different picture. I realized what I actually value is freedom and flexibility.”

Despite that realization, Josiah couldn’t help but remember his less-than-successful first try at freelancing. Was another attempt at self-employment actually the perfect move?

“I told my wife I needed to attempt and branch out in my own again. She said she had been waiting all along for me to discover that out, and fully invited me to do it. I was somewhat nervous — I had tried to begin my own business and neglected. But I was exhilarated.”

Regrettably, after the details beginning coming to focus, his excitement wore off pretty fast.

“I only had about two months’ worth of economies, and worse, so I had no real strategy in place. We had to move out of our luxurious apartment and to my in-laws’ basement. My income went from six-figures to nothing immediately. Reality hit us hard and quick. It wasn’t fun, however, I was determined to discover a means to make it work.”

Locating a way to get noticed

Desperate to find the ball rolling, he also came perilously close to falling into the lifestyle he had been attempting to avoid.

“that I wasn’t interested at the media side of things, so that I partnered with a few agencies that would feed me web development tasks. But that I had zero control over my job. I had to reduce my prices, plus the agency chose a cut. And should the agency had a slow month, I had a slow month”

Before getting sucked into another dead opportunity, Josiah chose to try out something that he hadn’t contemplated before.

“I believed online freelance marketplaces may be a good way around some of those hang-ups I had about freelancing — fulfilling clients, media, things like that. I had heard mixed reviews regarding Upwork, however, I chose to give it a shot”

Much to his own surprise, he also found that Upwork had quite a great deal of jobs he’d be very pleased to finish. Plus, with a large number of jobs being submitted each week, he’d never need to think about the job drying up.

“I sent for a dozen suggestions right off the bat. I moved to it with a great deal of confidence because I had excellent experience, and I knew I had the skills. But I did not listen from a single one of my suggestions. It did not matter what my skills were because I did not know how to work the machine”

He knew there had to be a means to showcase his skills within his suggestions. More determined than ever, he hopped back on the world wide web to learn more about how to get noticed on Upwork.

“I encounter Danny’s informative article. I figured I’d try it just to find out what would happen. I sent out a proposal using his strategy, and I got a response back in under ten minutes. It was incredible.”

Making his value on his own provisions

After he started hearing on his suggestions, Josiah understood there was value in studying ‘the company side of business’ He bought to help him get started.

“I basically binge-watched the course above a few days and instantly put up to practice as I could. I felt like I had the secrets to doing so in my own”

He wasted no time putting the materials to work, particularly the scripts that are overburdened.

“After I started getting interviews, then I moved directly to the word-for-word scripts out of the course to help me win the contracts. Within days, I had been provided a enormous endeavor — I used the scripts to pay the client to twice his budget AND I reduced the scope of work”

Josiah was still on a roster. Not only was winning endeavors that he applied for, in addition, he started getting the jobs to come to him.

“Things just sort of took off. I followed the machine and started firing off hints. I had been winning jobs left and right, and pretty soon I started getting personal invites. This was a enormous turning point, because I did not need to spend too much time searching for jobs. I might be pickier about which jobs I required.”

The secret to attracting high-caliber project invites? He says it’s all in his profile.

“I simply followed the suggestions in the course once I reworked my profile. WordPress growth is a really competitive market, but after I looked in the profiles of my competition, I realized they were pretty much the same. I discovered how to make mine stand out from the crowd.”

Beginning a journey of lifelong learning

If Josiah thinks back to his life one year ago he can not believe how much he’s come.

“We were able to move out of my in-laws’ basement and to our own place two months before our objective. My spouse does not need to work today, so she is home with our little one. And that I can take breaks throughout the day to perform together.”

He is ready to take far better care of himself be more present, and provide more for his family than previously.

“Freelancing gave me the freedom to join my family for a trip to the beach when my dad was battling cancer.”
“Freelancing gave me the liberty to join my family for a trip to the shore when my father was battling cancer.”

“Freelancing lets me spend more in myself. I also hired a life coach because I don’t want to quit growing and advancing. I am getting up daily, performing self-care, reading, meditating, and studying things that excite me. I am a completely different man than I had been six months back. It has designed be a better spouse and a better dad.”

There are lots of amazing things on the horizon for both Josiah and his family.

Josiah and his wife announced the latest addition to their family on Halloween
Josiah and his wife announced the latest addition to their family on Halloween

“We’re expecting our second baby soon, so we’re probably going to stay stuck for just a bit. I, however, can not wait to show my children the world. I had been bad growing up and we can never afford to travel everywhere. I just need to present my family the experiences I did not have.”

“My son is a freelancer in training... He's obsessed with my home office!”
“My son is currently a freelancer at coaching… He is obsessed with my house office!”

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