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Open invitation: Tell your growth story to potentially millions of readers

Open invitation: Tell your growth story to potentially millions of readers
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For the last 18 months, we've seen an incredible increase of people making a living as an Elementor Web Creator. There are quite a few heartwarming stories out there, and I believe they deserve to be told on a bigger stage.

 

Today I'm asking you to tell your story, so we may share it with everyone (including one of the world's most prominent media outlets, but more on that later ; )

💪 Your business growth story may end up inspiring millions.

✅ If you have a story to tell about your growth, we invite you to comment below (or DM me if you prefer).

 

We can't wait to contact some of you!


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Hello,

I have been with Elementor now since its inception and launch. Previous to that I was utilising (and still do) GeneratePress as my framework and theme builder. Then prior to that I was working for end-clients and other agencies as designer, developer, e-commerce manager, email marketing manager, and a variety of other in-between roles learning the full landscape of designing, building, and maintaining a digital presence for businesses online.

This is now what I do today, and Elementor features as part of my toolkit for running websites for clients.

I have been doing this for 19 years!

The industry has changed A LOT and continues to change. Some good stories, but quite brutally, I am also seeing an ever increasing amount of bad stuff going out by ‘experts’ who really only know Elementor.

What I love though is that it has given anyone an opportunity to build a business, a career even, and I am fortunate enough to be a small cog in that wheel through my 1-to-1 Elementor training, which is going very well.

What I enjoy is teaching those who have jumped at Elementor to build their own personal business website. Showing them how simple it can be and making changes live and watching their eyes go OHHHHH that is how you do it. ;-p

Elementor is an amazing tool, and I can’t wait for it to get better and better.

In terms of my own growth, well it is a long story, but Elementor in the past few years specifically has played a part in me almost touching a 6 figure annual income, and that in itself is an achievement for one guy, a laptop / pc, working from home with two kids and a wife… and a Macaw!

 

So thank you Elementor, from the bottom of my heart, because without you I would still be handcoding websites (which is still an awesome thing to be able to do, but in todays fast-paced, ever-changing digital transformative world… is not needed anymore).

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So thank you Elementor, from the bottom of my heart, because without you I would still be handcoding websites (which is still an awesome thing to be able to do, but in todays fast-paced, ever-changing digital transformative world… is not needed anymore).

Well said.

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Hi Verdi,

I’ll give it a go. Feel free to discard if it’s not quite what you’re looking for.

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Hi, my name is Ritchie Cridge and I set up my web design business in January 2020 – just two days before I found out I was going to be a dad for the first time, and several weeks before the first national lockdown here in the UK. I now have a diverse portfolio of websites with some 30+ clients, two freelancers, one consultant, and another person about to join the payroll.

 

At the beginning of 2020 I was working a stable job at Somerset Chamber of Commerce which I loved. But after several years of working there and being inspired by hundreds of success stories, I decided to go it alone. I handed in my resignation on January 27th 2020. That evening I arrived home to my wife who told me that she thought she might be ‘late’. Two days later we took a pregnancy test and discovered we were having our first baby. After regaining my breath, I cracked down on making a success of the business.

 

For the next month, while working through my notice period, I worked on the business with every spare minute I had. At the time, I didn’t know that Elementor existed. I was actually looking to build with an alternative page builder. Fortunately, I discovered Elementor on YouTube through one of the guides someone had put together. In that moment, I knew it was the way forward for delivering attractive websites which could be easily managed by the client.

 

Come February 27th 2020, it was my last day working for my employer. In that month I had identified four core principles for running my business.
1) Know precisely what I offer – my tagline would be ‘I specialise in building WordPress websites’. That was, and has remained, the ‘60 second’ pitch. Don’t overcomplicate it.

2) Know how I’ll attract clients – I had build up a good local network through the Chamber of Commerce. I planned to do lots of networking.

3) Know how I’ll deliver the product/service – I used a friends server to create staging sites which could then be used as live models to show work-in-progress to the client. I would then offer hosting/support packages to build a retained income.

4) Have a Smart Andy – Andy is a full stack developer friend of mine. We call him Smart Andy because, well, he’s super intelligent. Particularly when it comes to server infrastructure and PHP. It’s ok to not know everything when starting out. But surround yourself with intelligent people.

 

The first three weeks went well. Lots of people came to me for support and potential web builds. I secured my first client which was a print business. I also offered to build a free site for a marketing freelancer to help put a couple of sites in my portfolio. I would later offer a free web build for a charity in the way of a competition (again helping to raise the profile of my business).

 

Come March 23rd we went into a national lockdown. My world fell apart. The few projects I had came to a standstill. The government soon introduced a scheme called ‘furlough’. It meant that if you were employed, the government would pay up to 80% of your wages while out of work. If you were a business owner, they would contribute a portion of profit based on previous years accounts. As a new business owner I didn’t qualify for any support. As it happens, my old employer tried to put me on furlough to help support – but the rules stated you had to be employed on February 28th 2020. I had left the job on February 27th 2020, so I didn’t qualify for that either.

 

Feeling completely alone I joined several online networking groups with lots of independent business owners. After two weeks of pain, it hit me. The ONLY thing any business could do was improve their digital presence. As I was building websites… Perhaps this was the best opportunity I would ever have as the market had been disrupted. With my newfound lease of life I got speaking with lots of professional services businesses who hadn’t been as hard hit by COVID (accountants, solicitors, marketers etc). And with that I began getting a bit of traction.

 

Using LinkedIn and online networking, I engaged with lots of business owners across my home county. Word soon spread and I was working in surrounding counties. And before I knew it, I had clients all over England. I formed lots of partnerships with other businesses to help with my growth. Come August 2020 I was at full capacity and needed to take on my first freelancer to help with some of the builds. Since August last year, the work has not ever slowed down. I secured a wide mix of small and large clients. A couple of months ago we secured our first international client in the US. We now have two freelancers, a consultant, an employee on the books in a couple of weeks (oh and don’t forget Smart Andy).

 

Today, on Friday 9th July 2021, I look back and think about the journey. It has been hard. Ridiculously hard. But I wouldn’t change it, not even for a moment. The freedom it has given me to experience every precious moment with my baby makes it all worth it. In the first week of this month I’ve made more money than I ever have with any employer in an entire month. But you’ll quickly discover that money doesn’t mean an awful lot. The sense of achievement and time you can spend doing what you love outweighs it all.

 

My best advice for anyone starting out – think local. It’s not about world domination. Start with your home town/village/city and reach out to everyone around you.

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Thank you for sharing your amazing story @Ritchie Where do I find myself a smart Andy too? :-)

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Thank you for sharing your amazing story @Ritchie Where do I find myself a smart Andy too? :-)

Got to be one laying around somewhere… either way my Smart Andy is not for sharing. Haha, thank you for the reply Verdi.

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Hi, I am Tobi Salami and here is my story.

 

About 5 years ago I heard about Wordpress. At the time, I was still in school so I did not have much time to focus on the possibilities of building websites and charging people money to do it.

 

But one day, I decided to google Wordpress again. The .com website came up and I was instantly amazed at how much I could accomplish with it. I could finally build blogs! LOL.

 

Oh, did I tell you that I did not even know the difference between a blog and a regular website? About a week later, I was so happy that I called my friend whose father owned a school and told them that I will like to build a website for their school. LOL, again.

 

You know where this is going.

 

I could not do it with wordpress.com. I decided to check out other content management systems. I read many, many blogs. Then one day, I found out that there was Wordpress.org. Man, was I amazed! I read about the possibilities and I was blown away.

 

About a year or so later, I won an international writing competition (because I loved doing that too), and the prize afforded me the opportunity to purchase web hosting and a domain name.

 

Who has time for all this long story?

 

Fast forward to today. I have built more than 20 different websites for businesses, other web developers, entrepreneurs, and regular individuals. Thanks to Elementor for giving me the power of flexibility, speed, and unquestionable design.

 

Now, from community websites, to real estate websites, to personal websites, to the most complex of E-commerce websites, to even mobile apps built on Wordpress, I can build them all. For me, it is marvelous.

 

Will I ever be able to pay Elementor back? 

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In terms of my own growth, well it is a long story, but Elementor in the past few years specifically has played a part in me almost touching a 6 figure annual income, and that in itself is an achievement for one guy, a laptop / pc, working from home with two kids and a wife… and a Macaw!

 

Just Wow! This is a good doze of inspiration!

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Now, from community websites, to real estate websites, to personal websites, to the most complex of E-commerce websites, to even mobile apps built on Wordpress, I can build them all. For me, it is marvelous.

 

Will I ever be able to pay Elementor back? 

Really cool story Tobi! I only knew of Wordpress.com too as I hadn’t studied web design formally. Everything is self-taught and I was amazed when I discovered the possibilities with .org. Well done to you.

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Now, from community websites, to real estate websites, to personal websites, to the most complex of E-commerce websites, to even mobile apps built on Wordpress, I can build them all. For me, it is marvelous.

 

Will I ever be able to pay Elementor back? 

Really cool story Tobi! I only knew of Wordpress.com too as I hadn’t studied web design formally. Everything is self-taught and I was amazed when I discovered the possibilities with .org. Well done to you.

Thanks Man!

Hi Verdi,

I’ll give it a go. Feel free to discard if it’s not quite what you’re looking for.

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Hi, my name is Ritchie Cridge and I set up my web design business in January 2020 – just two days before I found out I was going to be a dad for the first time, and several weeks before the first national lockdown here in the UK. I now have a diverse portfolio of websites with some 30+ clients, two freelancers, one consultant, and another person about to join the payroll.

 

At the beginning of 2020 I was working a stable job at Somerset Chamber of Commerce which I loved. But after several years of working there and being inspired by hundreds of success stories, I decided to go it alone. I handed in my resignation on January 27th 2020. That evening I arrived home to my wife who told me that she thought she might be ‘late’. Two days later we took a pregnancy test and discovered we were having our first baby. After regaining my breath, I cracked down on making a success of the business.

 

For the next month, while working through my notice period, I worked on the business with every spare minute I had. At the time, I didn’t know that Elementor existed. I was actually looking to build with an alternative page builder. Fortunately, I discovered Elementor on YouTube through one of the guides someone had put together. In that moment, I knew it was the way forward for delivering attractive websites which could be easily managed by the client.

 

Come February 27th 2020, it was my last day working for my employer. In that month I had identified four core principles for running my business.
1) Know precisely what I offer – my tagline would be ‘I specialise in building WordPress websites’. That was, and has remained, the ‘60 second’ pitch. Don’t overcomplicate it.

2) Know how I’ll attract clients – I had build up a good local network through the Chamber of Commerce. I planned to do lots of networking.

3) Know how I’ll deliver the product/service – I used a friends server to create staging sites which could then be used as live models to show work-in-progress to the client. I would then offer hosting/support packages to build a retained income.

4) Have a Smart Andy – Andy is a full stack developer friend of mine. We call him Smart Andy because, well, he’s super intelligent. Particularly when it comes to server infrastructure and PHP. It’s ok to not know everything when starting out. But surround yourself with intelligent people.

 

The first three weeks went well. Lots of people came to me for support and potential web builds. I secured my first client which was a print business. I also offered to build a free site for a marketing freelancer to help put a couple of sites in my portfolio. I would later offer a free web build for a charity in the way of a competition (again helping to raise the profile of my business).

 

Come March 23rd we went into a national lockdown. My world fell apart. The few projects I had came to a standstill. The government soon introduced a scheme called ‘furlough’. It meant that if you were employed, the government would pay up to 80% of your wages while out of work. If you were a business owner, they would contribute a portion of profit based on previous years accounts. As a new business owner I didn’t qualify for any support. As it happens, my old employer tried to put me on furlough to help support – but the rules stated you had to be employed on February 28th 2020. I had left the job on February 27th 2020, so I didn’t qualify for that either.

 

Feeling completely alone I joined several online networking groups with lots of independent business owners. After two weeks of pain, it hit me. The ONLY thing any business could do was improve their digital presence. As I was building websites… Perhaps this was the best opportunity I would ever have as the market had been disrupted. With my newfound lease of life I got speaking with lots of professional services businesses who hadn’t been as hard hit by COVID (accountants, solicitors, marketers etc). And with that I began getting a bit of traction.

 

Using LinkedIn and online networking, I engaged with lots of business owners across my home county. Word soon spread and I was working in surrounding counties. And before I knew it, I had clients all over England. I formed lots of partnerships with other businesses to help with my growth. Come August 2020 I was at full capacity and needed to take on my first freelancer to help with some of the builds. Since August last year, the work has not ever slowed down. I secured a wide mix of small and large clients. A couple of months ago we secured our first international client in the US. We now have two freelancers, a consultant, an employee on the books in a couple of weeks (oh and don’t forget Smart Andy).

 

Today, on Friday 9th July 2021, I look back and think about the journey. It has been hard. Ridiculously hard. But I wouldn’t change it, not even for a moment. The freedom it has given me to experience every precious moment with my baby makes it all worth it. In the first week of this month I’ve made more money than I ever have with any employer in an entire month. But you’ll quickly discover that money doesn’t mean an awful lot. The sense of achievement and time you can spend doing what you love outweighs it all.

 

My best advice for anyone starting out – think local. It’s not about world domination. Start with your home town/village/city and reach out to everyone around you.

This is encouraging. Well done! 

Hello everyone! My name is JP and I’ve been using Elementor for 2 years now. 

Here’s my story-

I’ve always had an interest for web design and development in my younger years.  Back then I used Dreamweaver to build my first website. It was for a family friend that owned a Bed and Breakfast/Horse farm.

Fast forward to 2019 when I was fired from my job of 8 years as a Digital Creative Manager.  So here I am, a Dad of 4 kids and no job.  It was the toughest time I’ve ever had to live with.  I had to rethink my situation and that’s when I decided to start my own business creating websites with Elementor.  I have cousin/mentor that lives in the U.K. that introduced me to Elementor.  He walked me through the process of building a site and helped me understand how it all functions.  Without his guidance I wouldn’t know how to do all of this.

I was like “Wow, this is so fun to use!”

I currently have 3 clients that I’m working with to build their website.  I still have a lot to learn and I’m hoping that being a part of this community will provide me new skills and insights.  If anyone can help me with how I can get more clients, I’m open to have a conversation!  Thanks all!

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Hello. I am Omar.

 

Started Learning:

I started learning to code back in 2017. In a year, I learnt HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and some frameworks like Bootstrap and Material UI. In 2018, I built a beautiful site for my family business. I knew I wasn’t that expert in JavaScript so I took another year learning it and finally I became a Full Stack JavaScript developer and built several web applications using Node.js and React.js.

 

First Job:

In 2019, I got my first job as a A/B Test Engineer where I had to write raw JavaScript code for variations. Inside myself, I always wanted to be good at building beautiful websites but I was too much into coding.

 

Elementor came into my life:

In 2020, I left my job and started working with WordPress and Elementor. They literally changed my life and I am still working with Elementor. I am currently learning UX/UI design and I am very much happy. I am now thinking to establish a business in the US as Web Development agency.

 

Keep me in your prayers 🙂.

 

Thank you 🙂.

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