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An Introduction to Gutenberg Course

Now Available: License An Introduction to Gutenberg Course

With WordPress 5.0 quickly approaching, it’s time for us to start thinking about educating our teams, clients, and employees on Gutenberg and the new editor. Today I’m happy to announce that you can purchase bulk licensing for my Introduction to Gutenberg course.

Self Employment: Year One Recap

I started my first business in high school, making websites for anyone who’d give me a shot. It was a great way to make money that I carried through college, grad school, and my adult life. I even did it full time a little after college, but lack of benefits and the need to learn more forced me to find a full time job. For pretty much that entire time, the stakes were different – and not very high. I didn’t have anyone except myself to support and I didn’t require too much.

That changed when I got married and had a daughter. I thought my chances at full time self-employment were dramatically lower as a result. However, today marks the anniversary of me leaving my full time job to pursue my side business full-time. I’d like to reflect on the first year.

An Introduction to Gutenberg Course

Announcing Updates to An Introduction to Gutenberg and new Sponsor, Bluehost

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working to update my course, An Introduction to Gutenberg, to cover new features and add more sections that really give you a bang for your buck. The course has been very popular and I’m excited to see it do so well! And today, it’s getting even better thanks to Bluehost.

Start Your Online Course

Now is the Time to Start an Online Course!

When I first started freelancing, my resources were basically online discussion boards and people I knew in real life. I am eternally grateful for the people in my life who helped me get my business up and running, but since then, there’s been a bit of a revolution online. In 2018, it seems everyone is creating an online course. And not just great freelancers like Paul Jarvis or my friend Carrie Dils. Take a look at MasterClass.com. Judy Blum, Gordon Ramsey, and Steph Curry are all making courses on how to excel in their craft. And you can too.

Support Me on Patreon!

I’m Doubling Down on Patreon

The first time I learned how to burn a CD was mind-blowing. It was 1999 and YouTube didn’t exist. Most of the web was brochure sites with marquees and hit counters, so there wasn’t a great place for learning how to do literally anything. Instead, my cousin came over and showed me. He brought a blank CD, opened software on my computer, dragged the songs I wanted into this window and clicked, “Burn.” A few minutes later, BOOM. I had my very own mix CD. What jumped out at me the most was how easy it was when someone was there to show me the way. I felt accomplished.

That experience did 2 things for me. It allowed me to have a very successful mix CD business in high school, and it made me realized I just needed to try things in order to learn them. I felt empowered by the fact that someone showed me the way.

I want you to feel empowered too. That’s why I started on Patreon.

How I Launched Creator Courses in One Week

7 months ago I took my business full-time. Being a freelancer for most of my life, and even doing it full-time for a while after college, I thought I had a pretty good handle on how things would work. But as it turns out, the product space is a lot harder to work in than the services space (for me). I’ve lamented over the last few months that it’s easier for me to sell one person on a $5,000 project, than 100 people on a $50 course. But after attending CaboPress and participating in an amazing Master Mind group, I was able to get some perspective and readjust. The Autumn and Winter have been much better than the Summer.

But what does that have to do with a new site I launched called Creator Courses? Everything! I decided that as well as do an intro course on Gutenberg, I would launch a new brand. Here’s how I did it, and why.

WordPress Freelance Coaching Program: Start 2018 off right

Start 2018 off Right with the WordPress Freelance Coaching Program

You might know my freelance origin story. It’s one I tell a lot, at WordCamps and on podcasts. I sort of fell into it when I was 15 years old. My church asked if I could make them a website. After I declined, they offered to pay me. Pay me to learn? How could I pass it up! This predates WordPress, so I did everything using Microsoft Frontpage, then moved Notepad++. In 2004, I mentioned to my friend Stephen that I was thinking of building a CMS. He showed me WordPress, and the rest is history. For 16 years, I’ve been freelancing. I have used WordPress for most of that time. I get questions about both topics regularly, and I wanted to create a program for me to help WordPress freelancers specifically. So I created the WordPress Freelance Coaching Program.

Delivering More for Season 4 of How I Built It

Season 3 isn’t wrapped yet, but I’ve already started thinking of better ways to deliver for Season 4, coming in January. When I started How I Built it, I didn’t think I would see the success the show has had. It’s a formidable part of my income, it’s got over 100,000 downloads, and it’s growing in popularity.

When you first start anything, you are just finding your sea legs. Over a year in (and a fun obsession with this project), and I’ve got my bearings. I’m ready to go to the next level.