bookkeeper and personal assistant in Dallas, Texas
There’s no other way to start this story: I grew up on a cattle farm in east Texas until I was 16. I’ve spent more years of my life living on the farm than not. But from 16-21 my story was pretty much the same as anyone else’s who wanted to attend college. I studied hard and got good grades, to the detriment of every other aspect of life.
After I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2011, I couldn’t get hired to save my life. I moved back in with my parents in a small town in east Texas. I was desperate. My aunt recommended an English school in rural China that she had contacts with. I taught there for 6 months. They still have a pic of me on the website. After that I started getting noticed more when submitting resumes. I moved around during that time looking for work: Dallas, Austin, Miami. I was making a little money, saving a little more, and gaining useful business skills.
Eventually, in 2015 I found myself uncomfortable enough at my job, and financially stable enough to quit. I hadn’t planned to go self-employed but got a big push in that direction when my former boss called and wanted to hire me on as an SEO contractor. He offered to pay me less than I had earned as an employee. Although I declined his offer, I appreciate that to this day, because it made me determined to create my own value. That was the start of my freelancing business.