CommunityTyler – from Zero Experience to Doubling his Salary and Launching a Company

Faye Bridge
writes on September 19, 2014

 

 

A year ago Tyler was struggling as a fine art photographer, until he discovered an interest in designing and building websites. Through dedicating time to learning — with determination and perseverance — Tyler has since launched over 50 websites; founded a freelance company; and mastered an impressive multitude of web skills.

We caught up with Tyler to ask a few questions about his experience over the last year. Here’s Tyler’s story, in his own words.

“I’m nearly 23 years old, I didn’t go to college, and I’ve spent the past four yearsfailing as a fine art photographer.

For the past year and a half however, out of these ashes, I’ve designed, built and launched over 50 unique websites for myself, founded a freelance company, mastered 6 separate CMSs, conquered HTML and CSS and use preprocessors wherever I can. I’ve become comfortable with JavaScriptPHP and Ruby. I’ve used frameworks like jQuery, AngularJS, Meteor, Sinatra, Rails and Ionic. I’ve gotten my head around the Git workflow, the command line, how databases function as well as built an entire iPhone app around a JSON REST API. I’ve learned by doing. By not waiting for someone to pay me first.

Most of this learning took place within the past 6 months, the time I’ve been studying under Treehouse. I’ve devoured their content. Massive chunks of it. Often staying up well into the wee hours of the morning watching video after video just surrounding my brain with the information. In the morning I’d start to build things, referencing back through the material I’d watched the night before. “Okay, what is a scoped variable in JavaScript again?” “How was it that he referenced that vendor file in PHP?” “What was the appropriate symbol for an array? An object?”

“I’ve seen it happen, I’ve made the magic and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back. The wonder to me is that after a mere year of this work I’m getting paid twice what I was a year ago and that number is steadily increasing.”

It’s tough, some days it sucks, It’s still common for me to get stuck on a problem for a literal week or more. Hours and hours only to discover I’ve left out a semicolon or missed a bracket somewhere. I’m ordinary, I have a horrible memory, it’s maddening, but my own personal problems that I’m working to solve are even more maddening, and so I press on.

If there’s one thing in this industry I’ve learned, it’s that you have to want to win. Badly. You’ve got to have the drive to see the code bend into the mold you desire. That even as you play by the rules and conform to the structure, you beat it, that one day, with some single final keystroke, you win the game, the magic happens. Reproducible, calculable and marketable magic. You have to want that more than anything.

I’ve seen it happen, I’ve made the magic and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back. The wonder to me is that after a mere year of this work I’m getting paid twice what I was a year ago and that number is steadily increasing. I’m having a blast, I’m solving problems and people are using my products. I’ve seen a client’s face light up as they are given hope, an answer to their issue, as they finally see how creativity can solve real world problems and make them money. It’s awesome!

Treehouse has facilitated this success, but at the end of the day, you have to want to make the magic yourself. You have to know you can do it. That it could be just a keystroke away.”

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7 Responses to “Tyler – from Zero Experience to Doubling his Salary and Launching a Company”

  1. love the layout & overall feel on his freelance site

  2. This is such an amazing inspiring story!! Thanks for Sharing

  3. Adam Porter on September 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm said:

    This is the story I’ll reference when I am stuck on a hard task or lacking motivation. “You have to know that you can do it. That it could be just a keystroke away.”

    Treehouse has been life changing, and it continues to be life changing.

  4. This inspires me to really push to become a freelancer. I am currently putting steps in place its just actually getting out there and doing it ! Congratulations Tyler on your success 🙂

  5. It is amazing to see stories such as this. I want that to b me in the future; successful at doing what I am so passionate about! Congratulations Tyler, I wish you the best, along with anyone who is trying to pursue their dreams!

  6. Abhishek Sachan on September 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm said:

    Treehouse is where I look for inspirations. Sweatest teacher of the world. treehouse is. Thanks for sharing.

  7. David Hope on September 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm said:

    This profile of a successful Treehouse student is inspiring on so many levels! Your words of wisdom and overall story were exactly what I needed to read Tyler. Good luck with your blossoming business and career Tyler!

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