Shadows_Papa - 5:27 am on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0) Sign me -
I am, or was, an IT Analyst whose "hobby" was/is web. I don't know formal languages like C or Java or Perl but am pretty sharp with HTML and recently got into CSS and can learn pretty quickly. I love working with web sites. I'm more technical than design, but can do both. Over a year ago I was "downsized". I've been working on my wife's commercial site for the past few years with a lot of time spent on it recently - I enjoy it. I set up my own fun personal site back in '97. People seemed to like it - it got me a couple of short term jobs creating for a club and a small business and a bodybuilding organization.
I'd like to know - is there REALLY enough work out there with all the webmaster "wannabes" and "shadetree webmasters" for anyone to find work in the field - especially if their degree is not in web design?
For design and layout, I can pick on my son, even sub-contract him - he's GREAT - if I needed to.
I mean, everyone who can run MS office and FrontPage express is suddenly a webmaster. I've seen some of thier work, it stinks with a capital PEW. Yet they get work. I can do at least that well, or better........
My wife's site has been called
"one of the best ####### related sites I've seen" by quite a few visitors. The guestbook reflects that as well. (although we aren't selling a lot through it, we get an occasional sale, 2 or 3 a week) (I've not posted URL or business name or type per rules here)
I need work. I like this sort of thing. I can learn, and if I could make money at it, my wife would support me spending some of the rest of our money on real training. My fear, with so many "I just setup a site for our neighbor's club so I'm a webmaster" out there, do I stand a chance? Some of these kids that still like flashing/blinking orange text and animations every-other line with Flash on every page seem to get work.
How would one get started? Would I be better off working for someone else, at least to start? Is there such a thing as working from home on a site for someone else - like maybe a business that does web sites hire me on occasion to help them out? I find that I love research, learning, and doing new things. I'm a harware whiz, can build networks and servers and have been messing with HTML since about '97, and can use notepad in a file comfortably. I know FrontPage and when learning new software, open the box, install it and dive in. I have several computers networked at home with multiple OS's.
As you can see - I want to get back to work, there's just nothing around here. Regardless of what Dan Rather says about the economy nationally, the Iowa economy S*c&$
Desperate in Iowa
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