"HTMLGuy" is misleading:
- PHP 7
- Symfony 3/4
- Laravel 5
I'm what they call a "10X" developer. I can strategize my plans for software and database architecture with ease, I understand the "bigger picture" and use that to correctly prioritize tasks, and I develop software much more efficiently than your Average Joe-grammer. I attribute this success to the countless hours I've invested during my 8+ years in the field. For the past few years, my passion has turned to building enterprise web applications using PHP 5/7 and Symfony 3/4.
I started in the fall of 2010 with no money, no experience, and a lot of determination. I registered my D.B.A "Versatility Werks" and began acquiring small/medium gigs on Craigslist. Each one was a mini crash-course in Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and JS. As the projects grew, so did my skills. Soon I was learning PHP and MYSQL to send emails and create authentication systems.
After 6 months, I was able to quit my job and focus on my business exclusively. Most of the clients I acquired during this time are now my business partners, friends, or continue to contact me periodically for consulting. I'm proud to say I have a very high rate of retention.