No commute is also a nice bonus

What is your gig?

I’m a web developer and work from home. I do pretty much anything. I develop multiple websites and profit off of them through advertising and subscriptions. And because I build websites, I’m able to sell my interests: records, tapes, CDs, and comic books.

How long have you had your gig?

I’ve been working at home for about 20 years. I was laid off in the dotcom bust years ago. The company went out of business, but I still had clients and no non-compete agreement; so, I got to stay home and work.

Why have you chosen this gig?

Starting from the beginning when I went to college, my interest was in music; I have a degree in music with a concentration in recording and engineering. Now at the time, when I got out of school, I could get little recording jobs here and there, but they weren’t paying much but at that time. Also, the web was really taking off and I had a little background in designing for print; so, I started designing websites and I found out that I was getting paid more to do websites than for recording. I continued to develop my web experience and made numerous websites for all different kinds of companies. Then, I took it to the corporate world and kept pursuing my interests, like comic books, and records, and CDs, and music, at the same time. It just naturally progressed to me doing a little bit of everything, and that included my interests.

What do you like most about your gig?

I love being home and being around my family most of all. No commute is also a nice bonus, especially since I live in a county that doesn’t embrace public transportation. That’s the best thing about it—being here, in Snellville.

What do you like least about your gig?

Probably the lack of personal interactions with other people. Working from home, you get a lot of emails and a lot of phone calls. I work with clients who are on the west coast, so I rarely ever meet with them. That’s the only thing I really miss — meeting with people, working with people, and just being around people.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to start a similar gig?

Well, my best advice is to find a good partner. My wife and I have been married for years. She’s a great partner and also has a job, so being an entrepreneur is easier for me. She has a regular job and I’m on her healthcare, which helps a lot. That’s probably a strength that a lot of people might not have is a good partner, a life partner to share expenses with, and a partner to share your life with. But at the same time, a lot of people, including your spouse, might not understand what you do. Even my mom struggles to say, “Web developer” because she doesn’t really know what that is. My mom, my wife, and a lot of people, aren’t familiar with the concept of web development and what it is exactly that I do; it’s because I do everything. I don’t have a job in a corporation for posting articles for a newspaper. I have to do the posting, building, maintenance, and upkeep; I have to make sure the servers running and that the customers are happy. I’m everything.