For the last year I have been working for a men's designer clothing website here in the UK. I am 18. I have always had a passion for design, especially online.
Last week I quit my job.
My job was overseeing the entire website, this involved SEO, PPC, Product Uploading, Affiliate Programs and so much more it was ridiculous. I was on a good wage for my age and was managing people aged 30+ at 18.
But I was miserable and moody.
I grew sales by a minimum of 100% month on month for a 6 month period - one month reached 160% increase in revenue. Oh, every technique I used was learnt right here on the warrior forum.
But the company and owners were ungrateful and were more bothered about ridiculous things (like if one product wasn’t on the website out of 20000+ products), it seemed like making money wasn't the main goal at times!
So, I went to work one day, and I quit.
My reasoning was this - you only live once. I was so determined to not become one of the mundane 9-5 workers you see so often. I love working hard and I love success, but I knew I could do this on my own and be happier; which is what life's about, right? Oh, and I'm 18 with no responsibilities so now is surely the best time to take a gamble.
I had no definite clients, no website, no anything - all I had was a domain name, an idea and a hell of a lot of ambition.
This was on Thursday. I told myself I'd have the weekend off and on Monday I'd begin the journey, so, here I am!
I've just got back from the bank where I've opened a business account, I have set up a paypal merchant account, thrown together a half-decent website using the U-Design theme (which is fantastic if you struggle with coding etc) and now I'm writing this post while I wait for Camstasia to download, so I can begin making videos using the method outlined in this subforum a few days ago to shoot out to as many businesses as possible (targeted, naturally ).
I have no idea where my next penny is going to come from and I absolutely love it.
I guess the purpose of this post is to thank everyone that has contributed to this forum that probably don't even realise how many people's lives you've indirectly changed so much, people like John Durham, IAmNameless, KenMichaels, MartinBuckley to name but a few!
I've got two clients lined up for a weeks time when they're back from holiday (one of my old colleagues and the other is his dad) both for £500 initial + £50 a month solely for web design & hosting (intending on SEO upsell) which I'm sure will come through, but if they don't, it's not the end of the world. I highly recommend that anyone starting out..let EVERYONE you know, in your phonebook, your facebook, your e-mail contacts, whatever, tell every single person what you're doing and what you can do FOR THEM. I guarantee you'll surprise yourself just like I did.
Anyway, talking aside, now is time for me to go and get some clients!
- Helen Keller
Take action, warriors.