About Me

"Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

I first found meaningful work when I built my first website, back in 2011. Since then, I have built everything, from multiplayer strategy games to stock market analysis algorithms.

My first foray into freelancing happened only a month after I started learning web development. It was an intense time, marked by a pattern of rapid improvement: take a small project, learn on the job, complete it, get a good review, move on.

As time passed, I got better at my job, and I got a lot better at picking projects and talking to clients.

Near the end of 2019, as I looked back at some of those times, I decided it was time to share some of that knowledge - I started my blog on Medium, which has since grown tremendously. Near the end of 2020, I was listed as a top writer on the topics of productivity and leadership.

In 2020, I started constructing a Udemy course about succeeding on Upwork, with the goal of compressing nine years of experience into two hours of video. I invite you to judge for yourself how successful I was in this endeavor.

In 2021, I published my first book: The Unstoppable Freelancer.

Jovan Cicmil

"It seems to me that if you look back at yourself a year ago and aren’t shocked by how stupid you were, you haven’t learned much." - Ray Dalio

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