... next year with 48 i try to drop the costs – hopefully i can make 800 slidesites for under 2 dollars – cause insane indian workers without a school degree take 6 dollars and i want to be 3 times cheaper…
Keep calm.. and have some fun… and have a little faith in yourself…
^ All good success stories end in Vegamite
For me it is so much nicer to produce items with my own fantasy instead of a regulair customer who demands. Creativity is a great gift and when the first sales are coming it is even more exciting. I am 55 years old and proud I can make tools like the youngsters here
For me it is more the appreciation then the money which counts
2009 february: 17 years old, high school, joined
2012 january: 19 years old, university. mocarg, a friend of mine, from videohive told me: “hey there is an awesome marketplace called envato, you can go into design, you know photoshop (putting somebodys face on mona lisa)”. me to myself: “ooooh a graphic design, I’ve always wanted to be a designer – that is easy and fun, you just put things and make it nice”. me tries to sign up but finds out that I have an account which I don’t remember making. me starting with design. me telling to myself: “ok, its not easy and putting things but still fun”. first item, some crappy business card, first graphic design ever done – rejected. me to myself: “OH MY GAWD HOW BUT IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL, SO MUCH NICER THAN THE ACCEPTED ONES”. item no 2, another crappy business card – rejected. me to myself: “ok, i quit with business cards”. february: first item accepted. me: “OH MY GAWD YAY”. first sale: “OH MY GAWD YAY”. march: second item accepted – now with over 100 sales
and the rest is boring, until:
june: hey, I’d like to be a web developer, I’ll try at webdesign. I already had exp in programming but never (well, almost never) did html/css/js/php. started learning that.
september: first tf item
and the rest is boring. currently i’m making wp theme.
So, to answer the original questions:
What seemed significant to you early on? Signing up, your first sale, quitting your day job? The fact that I am doing what I always wanted to do but never got a chance. Graphic design schools in belgrade are not so good, or are too expensive – I thought I’ll never be a graphic/web designer.
Looking back on your achievements, what do you find most exciting or significant? In year and 4 months I’ve managed to make myself from 0 in design and development into this only with self-taught – pretty happy. This is what I want to do in life and university is drawing me back but I don’t like the idea of dropping it. I might get kicked out soon (for being gay) so dropping from university will be certain in that case.
Looking forward to your goals, what do you find yourself daydreaming about? Doing web design/development for a living. Will be enough. And I am very passionate about it.
@scortie proof or didn’t happen.