Hey, I'm Jake.
I live in sunny Charlotte, NC with my wife and dog. Not a day goes by that I'm not developing something for the web. What I've learned over the last 7 years of developing is less is more.
You don't need to know all the technical jargon and nerdy terms to be a successful web designer.
Once you land a few clients, work with a couple different groups of people, and finish those projects, then you can start to increase your knowledge, experience, and start to put systems in place that allow you to take on more work and complete it in half the time.
A little bit about me...
All my life I thought I was gonna either be a rock star or do something in the music industry.
I actually have a Bachelor degree in music business, but quickly realized that unless I moved to somewhere like California or Tennesee where the music scene is always booming I didn't have much of a chance of making decent money. I grew up in Syracuse, NY where the closest thing I found to being in the music industry was creating radio spots for one of the local stations.
I started looking for alternatives to pursue a career in (after I just basically wasted 4 years in college) and I stumbled upon computer networking. After a couple classes I quickly realized I enjoyed the programming side of things. It was like a puzzle or a problem to solve, and I definitely enjoy solving problems.
Right around this time I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is an auto-immune disease with no cure. Being 22-ish years old and having the doctor tell me I am sick and there is no cure for what I have is quite a horrible feeling.
Fortunately, as time went on living with colitis I found better, more encouraging doctors, but all they wanted to do was give me the next pill and the next pill to see if anything would help my frequent flare-ups. After taking different kinds of pills, self-injectables, and IV meds where I literally was hanging out with cancer patients for months at a time, nothing worked.
It was during this time that web development became the only thing I could do in order to provide for my family while battling this illness. For several months I couldn't go into work, but I was able to work from home and make a living and support my family.
There was even times when I would take sales calls when I was in the ER!
Years went by until I decided to remove my colon in order to completely remove the disease. Looking back on my 8-year struggle with colitis, one of the few things I can honestly say that kept me mentally strong was the ability to develop websites and applications even though my circumstances were against me.
Making things happen
I understand what it's like to not be able to work. Not everyone is dealing with a life-threatening disease, but maybe you're a new mom that can't leave the house and you can't afford daycare. You and your husband want to chip away at the debt, but that's quite difficult to do on a single paycheck.
If you go on YouTube, or Google, or any other course website you will be bombarded with 50 million different options on what to do to become a web designer. I'm here to tell you that 90% of it is not necessary in order for you to become a successful full-time or part-time work-from-home business man or woman.
It is seriously my passion to help guide people through all the noise out there, establish your niche, and find your specific path to success. Like I said above, LESS IS MORE. Let me simplify the world of web design for you.