Freelancing In Brevard, North Carolina

After 6 years in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, I recently made the pilgrimage to Brevard, North Carolina. A quaint, sleepy mountain town with an old soul and a lively spirit. It’s a town I knew absolutely nothing about. I’ve never been here before. Until a couple weeks ago I had no idea it existed. How did I end up here? Mountains.

From The Beach to 3050 Feet

My girlfriend and incredibly talented artist Tikkane Herrera has dreamed about this for some time now. Just over a year ago, after a trip to South Carolina, she decided, “I’m moving to the mountains.” Where I fit into that whole plan, only time would tell. A year later we found ourselves on top of a mountain in Brevard, with spotty cell service and an unreal view of the Blue Ridge. We were ready to sign the lease before we finished the tour of the house. Back in Florida, we sold everything we could, gave away the rest, then packed up our three cats and headed north.

Scared Shitless, But Damn What A View

Moving up here, we both quit our jobs and jumped in head first into following our passions. I left my low paying job at a marketing agency to start my own career as a freelance digital marketer and web designer. Tikanne quit her job as a bartender to take her art career to the next level. She also helps me out a ton with my business.

Is it scary? Hell yeah! But it’s pretty freaking awesome so far. For the first time in our lives we’re both completely self sufficient, working for ourselves and we’re still in our 20’s.

Making A Difference

I’m lucky to love what I do for a living. I’m even luckier that what I love to do makes a positive difference in somebody’s life. For the past several years I’ve worked with a rad group of dudes learning all the ins and outs of digital marketing, but there was something missing. It wasn’t rewarding. It wasn’t fun anymore. At first this was an awesome gig. I was learning, and getting paid to do so, but the pay rates never increased, the jobs became more monotonous, and the focus was all about making money for the business instead of helping people.

I Can Do This On My Own. Better.

They say the best inventions solve a problem or make our lives easier. While I didn’t come up with some great invention, I did figure out a way to help small business owners kick ass online without costing an arm and a leg. I’m tired of the fact that agencies, freelancers and the “web guru’s” taking advantage of people by offering half-ass services at astronomical rates. While there are some great ones out there, an astounding number of these bastards prey on your naivety.

Someone On Your Side

It’s my mission to help the little guys, the small businesses, the startups, the hobbyists, people who have no idea where to start online or (unfortunately) people who have already been taken advantage of online. The real people who need help. I pride myself in being able to charge an actually “reasonable” rate and delivering a top of the line service. If you’re serious about taking your business online or improving your online presence, give me a call and let’s chat. Even if you don’t hire me, I’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction.

Thanks for reading, welcome to my site and if you live in Brevard, hey neighbor!

Justin Forrest

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