Taking A Risk [Part 2/2]

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A Slight Recap

Back in part one (you can read that here if you haven’t) I covered my first risk, taking the leap on my first internship in Chicago. In it I touched on a couple key points which are important for this part as well as the next so if you haven’t had a chance to read it head there first!

In part two I am going to talk about my time during college where I was a freelancer. I didn’t have a real company I simply was self-contracting jobs out from various people and companies. Some I messaged via email and Instagram and others I found on Upwork.

It all started after I came back from the second internship in Chicago. This was during my senior year at the University of Pennsylvania. I had learned a lot from the internships as well as simply researching and learning on my own. Luckily, with an engineering degree the things I was learning were somewhat related because of the coding aspect. I taught myself how to work with various web development platforms and this is where I started.

The Start

The risk in this instance wasn’t one specific instance, but more so the fact that I decided to take the internship and then use the knowledge and skills learned in it to apply to my own projects. I had to pay for school myself and the only way I was doing this was by making money.

The internship helped with this, but compared to some of my classmates, still wasn’t at the same monetary levels. My first project came from Upwork. The client wanted to build their website on a platform called ClickFunnels (this has become a foundational part of my business) because of its ability to build sales funnels.


This client was the first paid one that I completed by myself. I made sure to put in full effort and create a site that was professional and to their desire. Honestly, I only charged because they threw out a price. I had no idea what to actually charge and this has been one of the hardest things in business to figure out.

This path has led me down a strange path during the time I was doing it in college, but one I don’t regret. Sometimes I had to bypass event, going out, hanging with friends, etc. in order to get work done while also doing well in school. It was hard, but it taught me a lot. I learned how to handle business with clients, outsource work, and most importantly network. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many people in various niches and it was all due to networking and then showing my work. Through many repeated trials this led me to my next risk, starting a business.