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Can I give them the google 1-800 number and maybe somehow they can connect some support dude and he can go through my account to see if I meet company publisher guidelines or something?
So in summary Been with google since I was 18...now 24 so 6 years working only with google and making a living with it. Can I use them as a reference with some 1-800 number for a potential employer to contact? But I never talked to anyone in google...
If you've really never worked with anyone else (a webmaster, a designer, an agency, etc), I'd recommend offering your potential employer a personal reference plus data on the success of the site(s) you operate from a source like Google AdPlanner. That's just my 2 cents, though.
It isn't that you haven't been working, you've just been working for yourself.
And BTW, why give up the self employment?
Of course I don't want to give it up, but I'm really one of the lucky one's. I think I can work 1 hour a day or every other day, and and get a different (regular) type of job, and meet different people and learn from them.
=D alright thx ASA for the advice. Can't use them for references. Guest all I got are my friends, and voluntary staff for the site then.
Some years ago, the Austrian finance minister paid about 150.000,-EUR for a very bad PR site for his person. The people in the company receiving the money had been school friends of him.
So I tell potential customers for my internet promotion business
"To get from Your old schol friend, now minister of finance 150.000,-EUR for a web site is not a difficult task, but to receive 140.000,-EUR from Google is a proof of quality".
Maybe instead of seeking a traditional job, you should look around your community and find something that really needs doing, then put yourself in charge of doing it. You could set up a non-profit community organization or start a for-profit business to fill some unmet need. In the process, you'd meet new people and probably get some great ideas for future Web projects.
After 20 years of so of working the corporate media world, I have been basically self-employed for another 25 or so years and my only regret is that it took me so long to hire myself, so to speak.
Your web site is your best employment reference.
How to evaluate the value of an web site?
There are people (graphicans), thinking my web site has less the 100.-EUR vlaue.
The value received from Google Adsense and other sources determines the real world value of my web site.
Good enough to receive since June 2004 more than 141,000.--EUR
Self employed is 10x better than having worked at a fast food joint.