About Double Your Freelancing / About Zach
DYF Co-Owner & Head of Student Success
Lifestyle design & time optimization. Conversion-oriented design. Email marketing automation. Content creation, lead magnets, etc. Transitioning from working a day job to freelancing. Freelancing as a highly-leveraged soloist. Running a small agency.
Hi, I'm Zach.
I've been running my freelance web design + dev business for 13 years, and I've been fortunate enough to get to work with many clients at the top of their fields.
Over the course of my time freelancing, my rates and client quality have increased enough that I can now travel the world and freelance only part time, while still saving, investing, and feeding my cat spendy-ass raw food.
I spent the first 5 years of my freelancing career struggling and pretty much always broke. In hindsight, I could have avoided a lot of that if only I'd had a solid path to follow. It's my mission to help give you that path so that you can avoid the pitfalls I ran into.
My true passion is teaching people how to leverage freelancing to create more freedom and optionality in their lives — when done right, freelancing can provide a solid financial base with a minimal time requirement, freeing you up to spend your time on the stuff you're really interested in. I want to help you get there.
At DYF, I've had the privilege of getting to interview a bunch of freelancers who are kicking ass in their individual businesses, and I love getting to parse that knowledge out into repeatable frameworks that you can incorporate immediately into your own business.
My Back Story
A rough timeline of important milestones on my freelancing journey...
Wrote my first HTML code
Built my very first website
Did my first website for a client
Started my website business
Dropped out of university to run my business full-time
StrugglingAF as an agency
StrugglingAF as a solo freelancer
Got a dev job
Building a solid business as a side hustle
Escape velocity + quit my job
Small contractor-based agency + more mental breakdowns + becoming a digital nomad
Running my agency from abroad + spending too much $ traveling + eventual disillusionment with digital nomad life
Scaling back to solo freelance
Freelancing part time + trying to find my passion + growing SaaS products as a technical co-founder
Appreciating what I have + disillusionment with the concept of finding your passion + committing to what I know
Freelancing ~5-10 hrs/week; spending the rest of my time on my own projects