Julie's WordPress Training

$7,095 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 46 months
Julie Kuehl  MOORHEAD, MN


Pretty much anyone who knows me at this point knows how passionate I am about WordPress. I've been teaching myself to be a developer for a couple of years now, but still struggle to put it all together. The folks at Flywheel are offering just the course I've been looking for  -- in Omaha. 

This course caught me totally unprepared, but it almost feels like they created it just for me. I'm ready to drop everything to make it happen. However, the tuition and lodging are a bit more than I'm comfortable committing to by myself. I'm going to need help to pull it off.

As much as you'll be helping me get the skills I need to get my feet back on the ground, you'll also be helping send a message to Flywheel and others that this type of WordPress-specific training is needed.

I won't deny that it hurts a bit to have to reach out like this, but I've been helped by the WordPress community before, albeit in much smaller ways. I see this as a big step toward me being able to turn things around for myself which will allow me to be able to give back to the community in turn in the near future.
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Update 14
Posted by Julie Kuehl
37 months ago
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Mission Accomplished.

Hello again! This is likely to be my final update on this GoFundMe site because today marks mission accomplished. Sure, sure, the mission was to get funded and attend the course in Omaha - but why? Why bother with all that? The big goal was so I could make a living doing what I love, which is building WordPress sites.

Today I accepted a position with a small, but expanding, company in Auburn, Nebraska called BCom ( http://bcomonline.com/). As it turns out one of my classmates from the Omaha course works there as well. She had just started before the course began, but even then it sounded like a nice place. While I didn’t hear of it directly from Rachel, it was because of the connections I made during my time in Omaha that I learned of the opening. BCom was looking for an intern, which was just fine with me as I just finished “school” and had yet to work for an employer in this industry. I have to admit that I’ve really liked freelancing, but I think there’s a lot I can learn by working on a team. Plus the opportunity to focus on one thing, especially the thing I like the most, is appealing. A couple of years ago I wrote up a reverse resume ( http://www.juliekuehl.com/reverse-resume/) and this opportunity hit on everything I’d listed.

The position is part-time at the moment and I can work remotely, but I won’t mind making a trip down there from time to time. The time commitment is likely to increase throughout the spring and eventually be full-time, possibly by summer. That actually works out well, since I still have some projects that I’m working on. (Current clients - don’t worry! I’ll still be there for you.)

I’m really excited about this position. It was actually fun going through the interview process. I’d been through others that had several hoops to jump through and the jobs seemed only meh. In this case though, it seems that I’m as excited to work for BCom as BCom is excited to have me. That’s a really good place to begin from.

Once again, I can’t thank all of you enough who helped me out this year. I got a chance to say thank you to a few of you at WordCamp US recently, but I know I forgot some of you too. I’m thinking that you’ll probably be okay with that as long as I pay it forward. I’m really looking forward to finally being able to give back to the people and communities that have meant so much to me. Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2016!
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Update 13
Posted by Julie Kuehl
40 months ago
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I wanted you folks to be the first to know.

One of the measures of success I had for myself in my WordPress career is being able to own a car again. I haven't been able to have one for five years. While I had been busy prior to going to Omaha, I've had steady, quality work since. And in a bold move of confidence and optimism, yesterday I made a nearly lifelong dream a reality. Take a look at my new wheels!

Once again, I can't thank you all enough. It's rare in a lifetime to have turning points such as my time in Omaha. It's rarer to know them as they're happening. And the faith you all showed in me has meant so much me, and always will.

Group hug!
Another dream come true
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Update 12
Posted by Julie Kuehl
41 months ago
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While I should have done this much sooner, I wanted to give an update now that I've finished the WordPress training.

The Interface Web School/Flywheel course was a fantastic opportunity that I am ever so grateful to have been able to take advantage of. While it might have been like trying to drink from a firehose of information, I feel that I did manage to fill in the gaps in my understanding of WordPress.

I have nothing but respect and admiration for Josh (the instructor) who did a magnificent job of teaching even though it was his first time. And my classmates were inspiring. I know how overwhelmed I felt with all the information we were going through, I don't know how those with less of a WordPress background retained their sanity through it all. I'm looking forward to catching up with them in October at WordCamp Omaha.

What difference has this opportunity made for me? I've noticed that I'm far more confident that I can figure out complicated custom setups in WordPress. I've increased my rates, and more importantly I'm focusing on better projects and learning to say no to jobs that take massive amounts of time but pay virtually nothing. I think one of my biggest take-aways is that I actually do know what I'm doing. I had some projects I was working on while attending the course that when I began were overwhelming and above my skillset, but by the time I finished the course I had the projects in hand and worked confidently through issues that I didn't even know how to address when I began.

My hopes in taking the course was to improve my situation. While I’ve not yet crawled out of poverty, I look to be on track to have income greater than this fundraiser this year. I think the best thing to come out of this experience is the belief that I actually can make a living working with WordPress. Now that I have the WordPress skills, it’s on me to make that dream come true. I can’t say Thank You enough to all of you who gave me that opportunity.
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Update 11
Posted by Julie Kuehl
46 months ago
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I go out for a day of client meetings (aka, joyriding on a gorgeous day) and I come back to find this campaign fully funded.

Speechless.
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Created March 13, 2015
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