$40K Pay Cut, Self-Taught Web Developer, 30 Days $5K Challenge | Ben Carlson | Side Hustle Episode 52
Ben grew up in rural Minnesota where he spent the majority of his free time around his grandparents farms. Armed with a high school diploma, a few credits from a technical college and a desire to learn and better himself he taught himself how to program in PHP and In 2000 he turned his love of programming into a job building custom websites back in Minnesota, for a failed startup during the dot-com bust.
After missing a few paychecks at the startup, he went to work for Dennis Kirk, Inc. and ran the development team which took the site from $900k/year to $36MM/year. Ben lives with his son in Frisco, Texas
Ben Carlson is a ‘Side Hustle’ Dad who shares how his startup dad journey started with a 40K pay cut he willingly took to spend more time with his son. He also shares how he self-taught himself how to build websites, as well as all of his wins, losses and in betweens.
- What is one time management tool?
- Getting up early
- Manage Health: Running and bicycling
- One thing you would have done differently: I would have started sooner
- Personal habit that attributes to your success: Curiosity, I love learning about new things
- Book every StartupDad should read: Chasing the Carrot & The Cliffwalk
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