When I first started, all I wanted to do was work for myself and start my freelance design agency.
But I had no idea how to start, how to find clients, or how to charge them…
So I did the only thing I knew…
Dive headfirst, and figure the rest out later.
(such a rookie mistake)
My first official project was about $300 and back then, I thought I was RICH!!
But that project took me 4 months to complete it so technically, I only made about $75 a month from that client.
But I didn’t care… money was money, right?
So I kept hustling… putting in 20+ hour days, going to hundreds of networking events, sending out cold pitches via email, etc. I tried every single thing Google told me to do.
… And I guess it worked because little by little, clients started coming in.
So much that I had the “genius” idea of hiring 2 more people so that we could look bigger than we actually were.
(another rookie mistake)
Four short months later, everything came crumbling down. We ran out of money, the company went bankrupt, we had no more clients, and I laid off my entire team.
For the first time in 3 years, I went to www.monster.com to see who was hiring.
I was sad, embarrassed, depressed, scared… I felt defeated.
I was literally on the verge of giving up but then I realized what the problem was…