Hey! I'm Chris

Now I spend the majority of my free-time helping other people break into the tech industry through web design without having any previous design or development know-how.

I love helping people become self-made web designers

Learning web design and starting to freelance was life-changing for me. And, that has made me super passionate about helping other people do the same.

Here's some things that happened on my journey:

Overcame a tough divorce

Taught myself web design

Started a web design side-hustle

Doubled the income of my full-time job with that side hustle

Changed careers at 36 years old

Loved every minute of it

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6 years ago I was barely making enough money to support my family and I knew I had to change something. So, I got to work, taught myself web design and opened a business. 2 years later and I had doubled the income of my full-time job only working 18 hours a week. This was so life-changing for me that it’s become my passion to help other people do the very same thing.

Balancing family, work and side hustle

Ways to stay productive by working from home

How to market yourself and find clients without going crazy

Using platforms like UpWork the build your business

I realized from the first free, online coding course I took that I had found something I loved. To this day I love learning and helping people do the same without having to spend 10’s of 1,000’s of dollars on some bootcamp. I specialize in all areas of web design from visual design to ux design. And, I’m also proficient in frontend development. HTML, CSS, JavaScript and a of course PHP.

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My story really starts from adversity. I wouldn’t be where I am today if my wife of 10 years hadn’t left without warning. It woke up a lot of things in me and in a lot of ways forced me down the path I’ve been on. But, I’m so thankful for the journey I’ve been on and I’ve learned so much from it. I can’t help but want to encourage people who are facing a similar circumstance.

Dealing with Divorce

Getting out of Debt

Being a single dad with a side hustle and full-time job

Strugging with mental illness and how that relates to your business

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Chris is a self-taught UX/web designer that works for a tech startup in Arizona. BUT, he didn’t start there.

For 13 years he was basically a full-time musician. Then 6 years ago his wife of 10 years left him and over half of his income left with her. 

When that happened he knew he needed to find another way to provide for himself and his 3 daughters as a single dad. BUT, he didn't want to leave his full-time job.

On the suggestion of a friend, he gave web design a shot. One free online course later and he knew he loved it. So, he started freelancing as a web designer in his free time.

In 18 months he had doubled the income of his full-time job only working 18 hours a week building websites in his free-time.

Then in 2018 at 36 years old he decided it was time to make a career change. He found a tech company only 4 miles away from his house that he fell in love with and new it was meant to be.

Now he spends his free time helping other people learn how to have thriving freelance web design side hustles or full-time careers with his website selfmadewebdesigner.com and his podcast with the same name.

He loves helping people become their own version of a Self-Made Web Designer and hopes to show that you can overcome adversity and find financial or career breakthrough by building the life you want in web design.

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Chris is a self-taught UX/web designer that works for a tech startup in Arizona. BUT, he didn’t start there.

For 13 years he was basically a full-time musician. While he loved his full-time job it became clear that he would need to make more money to support his 3 daughters as a single dad.

That’s when he turned to web design. He started learning everything he could about 5 years ago and then began freelancing in his free time shortly after. That led him to where he is today.

Now, instead of freelancing in his spare time he teaches other people how to take the same path he did at selfmadewebdesigner.com and with his podcast with the same name.

He loves helping people finding break through in their lives through the gig economy and has devoted himself to helping others find the life change he has through web design.

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This free, 4 video course will give you all the tools you need to start freelancing as a web designer and earning extra money.

• How to get started from scratch
• How to find your first clients
• How to charge higher rates

Become a web designer and land high-paying clients

Come learn the same steps I use to land projects for $6k+ on Upwork. You'll walk away knowing:

• How to stand out from other freelancers
• A cover letter template that wins
• Profile MUST HAVES that most freelancers miss

3 Simple Steps to Land High Paying Projects on Upwork