John Simerlink

Software Engineer

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Please provide a personal bio for other members to get to know you

I a full-stack programming freelancer! My preferred type of work is taking apps from ideation/wireframes to production, while setting up the architecture in a scalable manner to bring other programmers on board. But in reality I choose whatever pays the most 😉

In 2017 I dropped out of college to build an education app. I had 7 months runway from internship money and no real idea what I was doing. I ended up making $30 in revenue (LOL) before running out of money.

Instead of going back to college I decided to try to start an eCommerce business as well as another business idea. After a while I reaaally started to run out of money (e.g. got into debt) :0.

I eventually stopped eCom+other biz idea and started freelancing to pay the bills, while occasionally working on my original education app idea.


Please provide an overview of the project(s) you'll be focusing on for the next 12 weeks as part of Unreal Collective.

During Unreal I want to get more discipline/consistency, choose an industry niche for contracting, get a client at a higher rate (ideally 2x my current rate), and publish a demo project w/ the following skills (Elixir/Phoenix, GraphQL, ReasonML+React) . I also really want to network with other programming freelancers and get mentorship from them.