Howdy, my name is James Dalman and I am a freelance designer and business coach. Before I tell you about me, I’d like to ask you three questions.
- Have you ever wanted to launch a profitable and sustainable freelance business?
- Are you tired of working for someone else and building their dream instead of yours?
- Do you want to work from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection?
Then you’re in great company.
I will help you to learn how to navigate the waters of being a professional freelancer and how to make a great living doing what you love to do!
Building someone else’s dreams and losing it all.
When I started out as a designer, I worked at it part-time. I spent a majority of my time building the dreams and profits for somebody else. It really sucked watching how my skills made great money for others. It didn’t take long before I decided to venture out on my own, risking everything for my own dreams.
I found out real quick that I didn’t know enough to run a profitable and sustainable business. I ended up broke and struggling to survive. There were days when all I could feed my family was Ramen Noodles or M.R.E.s. Eventually we lost our home and almost everything we owned.
Learning, earning, and finally success.
The good news is that I was able to turn it all around. It took me ten years in my business adventures to learn, while the next ten years I was finally able to earn. I went from making way less than $24,000 per year to making six figures in a business that was built around my personal goals and my family focus. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen overnight, but through a lot of painful lessons and hard work, I finally made it.
My website shares 20+ years of real world experience … the successes and the failures in a lifestyle business – so that you can avoid the pitfalls of freelancing and embrace the life you might be dreaming about!
The Professional Side
Professionally I’ve had an awesome career so far. I’ve been honored to create custom artwork and designs for clients such as Arnold Palmer, Nike Golf, BMW, Green Bay Packers, HTC, Michael Hyatt, The Rose Bowl, NCAA Football Teams, Walt Disney, and Eskimo Joes. I designed the number one selling hat/apparel product for the nation in 1994 for Lids type stores.
In 2004 I helped launch Church Plant Media, the industry leading web design company for church plants. In 2008, I joined an amazing adventure and team at iThemes. I then co-founded WebDesign.com - the first web design training membership site of it’s kind in the industry.
I currently partner with amazing people who are passionate about their businesses or non-profits and who want to tell an amazing story through branding and design. I also coach and mentor freelance professionals, travel the U.S. to speak and teach, and write about freelancing, design, branding, and WordPress.
The Personal Side
I was destined to be an artist and designer. I was drawing and creating as far back as I can remember. In fact, most of my report cards growing up always had notes from my teachers saying that I spent too much time drawing in class. One teacher even told me I’d never make anything of my life because of my drawing pursuits. Thirty some years later, I am STILL drawing and designing while making a great living doing it.
All that being said, the most important things to me aren’t what I’ve done professionally, as great as that’s been, but my personal side of life.
- I have been married to my amazing wife Donetta for 22 years.
- I have two awesome kids, Kayla and Tyler, who are now in college and make me very proud.
- I served my country in the United States Army Reserve and Oklahoma National Guard. Honorably Discharged.
- I am a Christ follower. He radically transformed my life!
- I’ve been blessed to invest in other people’s lives through mentoring and ministry.
Give Me a Shout!
If you’re interested in taking your freelance or online business to the next level, lets talk. If you need help in building your brand or getting some custom design work done, lets discuss it. If you just want to connect or need something else, give me a shout.
I have an open door policy so you can call me, hit me up on Skype, or shoot me an email. Just don’t give me a sales pitch and we’ll be alright.