Six years ago, I walked out of my job at a local K-Mart as a front-end manager, super frustrated that nothing was going right, with no plans, no savings, nothing… So I joined Upwork ( then oDesk.com ). The journey from there was quite interesting, but very fruitful. Below is a list of my most notable clients, as well as where I’m at now:
Luxe Travel ( http://luxetravel.com )
Luxe Travel was ran by an amazing group of women. Very assertive, and very polite at the same time. Work with Luxe was secluded mainly to Gravity Forms and custom plugin modifications.
Unlike my other clients, these ladies were on point when it came to client deliverable, and amazingly was my first client to schedule daily calls. At the time of working for Luxe, I was still new to the Freelancer world, so mistakes were made. Time management being the main issue. Granted, they were obviously apt to point that out.
Pop Star Online ( http://popstaronline.com )
PSO ( at the time ) was an interesting project. Tasks ranged from theme modifications to plugin fixes. In fact, it was my first intro into API integrations. Needless to say, at the time I was still new to Freelancing, so it was a bit of a learning experience.
At the time, the guy who spearheaded the project was very understanding of my ‘noobishness’ and in fact offered me some great advice. However, this project was a great segway into my next project.
Funkmaster Flex ( http://inflexwetrust.com )
I was introduced to Funkmaster Flex, or rather his website manager Tat Wza by my last client, Pop Star Online. At the time it was purely a “we need this” kind of thing. Needless to say I was a bit awe-struck. I mean FLEX?!?! For those of you who know who Flex is, you’ll know he’s a very assertive and on-point kinda guy. He knows what he wants, how he wants it, and when it needs to be done. This was the first site that I ever had to deal with which had millions of hits a month, and sometimes upwards of 1,000+ concurrent. So, this was obviously my intro into caching at both the web level, AND server level.
As of Nov. 6, 2016 – I have been working with Tat ( and sometimes Flex himself ) for going on 4 years. I still do side-work for him when it’s needed. To date I’ve learned and done so much with Tat and Flex that I can’t put it all here. A few notable things are Caching, Twitter API Integration, Server Administration, Plugin Customization, Theme/Plugin Optimization for High Traffic. Advertising integration w/ various advertisers…. and TONS more… A lot of the code on IFWT was ( and still is ) built specifically for the site. Due to the size and traffic of the site, it requires special handling.
Birdman – Stunna Life
Stunna Life really caught me off guard. This was a sub-project of In Flex We trust. The idea was to create a blogging platform for Birdman and his bloggers, similar to IFWT. While the site lasted only a little over a year, it was super fun to work with.
I was given the chance to create some awesome JavaScrpt for the side-bar, which is before I even heard of StickyKit.