I started building wpjames.com approximately 1 week prior to this writing and began my research into WordPress freelancing the week previous to that. Since it didn’t occur to me in the very beginning to write about my progress, I’ll start out by playing catch up and fill you in on how I first got the idea to start my own WordPress business.
About two weeks ago, while scouring the internet for jobs, I stumbled upon a website called MattReport.com. I think I was on Google searching for WordPress jobs and after lots of clicking around, I found myself on this gold mine of information about the business side of WordPress. After exploring the contents of his site for a bit, I found a podcast titled Tom McFarlin: How to make a living and find success using WordPress that Matt had produced. This was quite an intriguing title to me, especially at that moment in time.
After finishing the podcast I had a “wow” moment. Even though Matt and Tom were in a whole other league than me, I couldn’t believe how well I could relate to their discussion. I was also blown away by Matt’s series of questions because they were almost the exact same questions that were formulating in my mind while I was listening to the interview unfold. I was hooked.
I continued to listen to a few more episodes and started noticing a few trends.
A lot of Matt’s podcast guests started using WordPress relatively recently and began with less knowledge than I currently had. This was a big point for me because it cemented in my brain that it was possible to be successful at this, if I was willing to put in the work. I think this point also helped me realize how supportive the WordPress community was because these people simply could not have built their businesses up so quickly without the right kind of help.
Two more things caught my attention when listening to those first few episodes. The first was that all of his guests seemed like very happy people who loved their work and running their own business. The second thing was that none of them were satisfied with their knowledge of WordPress and they all knew how much more room their was for them to grow. This was another big point for me because I know that a pursuit with endless possibility is really what makes it a worthwhile and long term endeavor. Learning and growing are important because I want to stay passionate about what I do. If I know something can always be better, I’m motivated to go for it.
Because Matt’s guests all came from different areas of WordPress expertise, I began looking more closely into their businesses to see if I could learn more from them. That’s when it really hit me how much opportunity was really out there in the world of WordPress. In the next entry I’ll be writing about the different resources I found as a result of listening to Matt’s podcast and how they’ve influenced me so far.
Thanks for reading!
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