For a lot of you this man needs little introduction. Brent is a Freelancer who shares tips and tricks on how to become a Freelancer. Arriving on the blogging scene in 2014. Knocking on doors, creating his brand and becoming known as an expert in his field.
His journey is remarkable. Brent walks the talk. Sharing practical advice. Interviewing others who give us insight into their Freelance journey. His professionalism is second to none. Throughout his work there are traces of his quirky side. Leaving a joke, a picture or video that gives us a giggle. One of my favourites is in his post ‘How to Deal with Trolls, Bullies & Jerks’.
The first time Brent came to my attention was when I saw a post he wrote called ’39 Top Bloggers Reveal How They Get More Traffic’. I was curious as he had mentioned a few people I was connected with. Checking out the content I was immediately taken in my how this one post spoke to me. I had discovered him just in time. I linked his work to my next post called ‘New Bloggers; The Statistics are Against Us’. What he did not know at the time was I printed that post. Dissected and highlighted it, wrote my own notes around it and have been referring to it ever since.
So without any further ado, I would like introduce Brent Jones from Brent Jones Online.
Brent you decided to leave your place of employment and a secure income on 6th September 2014. Your boss was shocked, he did not see it coming. It’s a lot to go out and move from a well-paying job to working on your own. In your post ‘Should You Quit Your Job?’ you sound prepared and ready to move into the new phase of Freelancer. What truths did you face? How did you calculate risk into the factor? What key skills were you relying on?
A lot of successful freelancers start out building their online, service-based businesses as a side project. A sort of side hustle around their day job… for me, I knew that wasn’t a possibility. I don’t do well when I split my focus between multiple objectives.
That said, I also wanted to mitigate risk as much as possible.
In the post you are referencing, wherein I described quitting my job the same day I got the keys to my new house, I failed to mention that it was actually a calculated risk. My wife and I bought our first house in the small town of Fort Erie, a couple of hours away from Toronto. Our monthly mortgage payment was actually a fraction of what we used to spend on rent in Toronto.