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MSFX Volunteer moderator says
I’ve taken so much freelance through this place (with just one file, lol) that ive managed to go fulltime freelance with several very well paying clients so thankyou Flashden for attracting these guys here and letting me go freelance, love it :) I also like to sit on Tsafi’s face every now and then to remind him who’s boss :D:P lol
Its really amazing the amount of freelance you can get here, when i came here that’s the last thing i was expected from FlashDen .

+1 :)

I will ignore your last statement so we wont go off topic…..(but the time will come )

cant wait :D

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John_Stevens says

I came across themeforest when I decided that I needed to master jQuery in order to launch myself into a new career.

I created my first web site for a business that a friend and I started and I enjoyed programming so much that spent all my free time learning more about it. The new business didn’t handle the economic collapse well and then my partner found out he had twins on the way he had to bail for a stable income.

Faced with the possibility of having to go back to the hated insurance industry I dove into teaching myself proper web development. I gave myself 4 months to learn everything I needed and Jeffrey Way’s Video Tutorials on jQuery and PHP were a great introduction to what I needed to learn. My self-imposed final exam was to have a file accepted for sale which happened with EasyAjax_Form (a JS file).

I now have a part time marketing/web development job with a growing law firm that I think will turn into a really lucrative full time position soon. I’ve also had several free lance jobs through themeforest and I’m working on a couple new JS files and a PHP file for the marketplace.

I plan on sticking around here for the long haul and I’ll never forget the instant credibility that Themeforest gave my work.

If you are passionate about web development and ready to work, Envato can be your launchpad into the industry.

John

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frayquantum says

A little bit about my story:

I landed on LAX in Los Angeles in 2004, I was 19, from Borneo, Indonesia, and had 10 Franklins in my pocket, and a promise from a friend that I can have his garage outhouse for $450 a month.

my first job is a food server in a chinese fast food place.

I also attend local community college in Pasadena and got into graphic design courses because I felt that’s what I want to do. I’d structure my class so they only takes 2 days a week, from morning till night and I work in-between jobs to pay for it. I’ve been a soil tester, a CCTV tech, a mounter, a driver, a car washer and some other odd jobs.

long story short I discovered After Effects 7 a few years later and loved it so much I took the class twice, and won a scholarship from Media Arts 2007 from my work on it. and so I start getting freelance jobs on the side.

It’s horrifying to make the transition from a dayjob to professional, and sometimes it’s downright scary, since from the beginning I didn’t have that much savings anyway.

I found flashden while looking for some ways to make my portfolio looks better, and joined. when videohive emerges, I know that I want to make this part of my income somehow, and start to make some objects for it, it’s been slow since I don’t get much free time, but at least it’s chugging along rather nicely.

next January, my US Visa is expiring, and sadly I have to go back. My dream is to run my own production house, and sites like Envato makes it possible for anyone everywhere to show their work and make a living, and for my next immediate step, is to gather some people and run a small motion graphics house in Indonesia next year. hopefully it will take off.

while in the US, I did learn an important lesson; In that business ingenuity knows no bounds nor geographical location; People like Collis, Andrew K, businesses like Google, Facebook, Envato, and lots of other design business made me realize, that this is a new age, where services and digital products command the same importance as real goods. in that we most likely will make our living in a radically different way than our parents.

Thank you so much Envato! :D

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Devan says

Few may know me, but I was actually one of the first members outside of the “Envato” (of course it was Eden.cc back then) company itself to sign up for FlashDen. In fact I was present in the early stages when the idea of Flashden was just that, an idea.

When the site was finally launched I considered becoming an author and selling some items while there was basically nothing on the site but didn’t find the time, as I was and still am a full time student.

I watched the company and the website grow from a far, not having a great hand in the community but fascinated by what was going on. In early 2008 I was offered and accepted a job in support. I loved the fact I could work from home and contribute to this growing empire. I quickly quit my other part time job :)

Wonder if anyone knows who I am haha

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DanielKeller says
Few may know me, but I was actually one of the first members outside of the “Envato” (of course it was Eden.cc back then) company itself to sign up for FlashDen. In fact I was present in the early stages when the idea of Flashden was just that, an idea.

When the site was finally launched I considered becoming an author and selling some items while there was basically nothing on the site but didn’t find the time, as I was and still am a full time student.

I watched the company and the website grow from a far, not having a great hand in the community but fascinated by what was going on. In early 2008 I was offered and accepted a job in support. I loved the fact I could work from home and contribute to this growing empire. I quickly quit my other part time job :)

Wonder if anyone knows who I am haha

how could we? there’s not much information about you on your profile, if I would know your other nickname I maybe would know who you are :D

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digitalscience says

I found this site back in March 2007 when I was working full-time as an interactive designer at a company. I uploaded some files to test it out and made a few sales. Took a while to make enough to cash out since I could only do the bank transfer as paypal was not supported in my country but when it finally came through, I was like WOW this actually works, they do pay you :) So I bought a fridge with the cash and thought why not keep uploading files and see how much you can actually make on this site. After uploading a few $20 files then I started making more than 3 times my current salary on FlashDen and thought, well why do I actually need this day job when I can chill at home and make more on FlashDen. So around that time, I bought a Golf 5 GTI , handed in my resignation letter and said cheers to the working world and started working as a full time FlashDen Author from home. Got to a point when I was making my full years salary in one month on FlashDen which is madness!! So as long as the sales are good and the cash keeps flowing I don’t see myself going back to working full time any time soon. Going to do an AS3 course early next year to keep up with you AS3 kids so DigitalScience is not going anywhere soon, that’s my story :)

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Kriesi says

I was a regular reader of the TUTSPLUS Websites and therefore was aware that there is a marketplace called flashden where people sell all this neat flash stuff, but since I was only a Frontend Developer with HTML , CSS and some PHP Skills didnt really bother.

When they announced the opening of Themeforest I thought I could give it a try and uploaded my first Wordpress Theme. The theme flopped really hard and earned me 30 Bucks during the first month. Out of pure boredom I created a second theme, thinking back I cant even tell why I did this.

The second one did a little better but although I only had 2 Themes online, that were not selling amazing compared to others, and only earned 25% of the money I was able to sack up 800$. This increased heavily with every month. I ve created 1 or 2 Themes every month since then, and now 12 months later I am a different person and a far superior Web Designer then I was back then. I have greatly increased my coding skills over the last months (wasnt able to write one line of javascript/jquery before I uploaded my first theme) and analyzing the themes of the top selling authors made me a better designer.

Ive already decided to quit my daytime job, since similar to digitalscience I am making nearly my full years salary within a month now, which is indeed madness ;D At the end of this year I will be my own boss.

Thanks Envato :)

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CurtyCurt says
while in the US, I did learn an important lesson; In that business ingenuity knows no bounds nor geographical location; People like Collis, Andrew K, businesses like Google, Facebook, Envato, and lots of other design business made me realize, that this is a new age, where services and digital products command the same importance as real goods. in that we most likely will make our living in a radically different way than our parents. Thank you so much Envato! :D

Hell ya, that is an inspiring story and very true. The internet has leveled the playing field for the entire world! That is awesome.

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Nitro_Themes says

Well What’s not to like about envato. I mean it is an awesome community with cool people. I found envato through searching for flash templates with xml support and man these templates were killer.

I kept coming back and the apps were getting better and better so then I started thinking I got this usb keyboard that i have not used in about a year, so i though i am gonna make some tunes for AJ and see how it goes. I do this as a hobby and to pay for the templates that i purchase here.

Another cool thing is that you interact with people around the world and learn a lot about other cultures.

Also If I ever had any AS problems someone was always happy to help.

It is an awesome community to be a part of and i thank the envato team for making this possible for people to earn a living or just for some extra cash that we can throw around, or pay for the stuff we buy from here.

Cheers form Canada

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collis Staff says

Awesome thread!

I used to sell stock Flash on a little site called iStockPhoto and it was going pretty well, but no-one there paid any attention to Flash there, the pricing was weird, the sales pages were for photos and the forums didn’t even have a section for Flash people!

So Cyan and Jun and I started talking about building a site to sell Flash. Originally i thought it should sell everything and anything, but Cyan wisely suggested we specialize and so we started FlashDen!

Originally the site was going to be called FlashFoxx, but a lawyer we consulted said “don’t use the word Fox because NewsCorp is very protective of their trademarks” – for some reason it didn’t cross our minds that we should look at the other word in the title 8)

When we launched FlashDen I moved over my Flash files, and then later when ThemeForest launched I added some website templates and wordpress themes. I don’t do very much though and i’m terrible at support so I keep meaning to clear off my files since I’m not a very good example of what an author should be like!!!

Nonetheless my files have made me a good $14,000 – of course I spend it all on other authors files, particularly when we have a new category as it’s always good to inject cash in :-)

Anyhow as you might imagine I love Envato!!!

And I love reading testimonials, it’s very heartwarming to know that the sites we have built have made an impact in our community’s lives

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