My first exposure to the world of computers was way back in 1989, back then we had to boot our PCs with Dos and then could either load and run, GWBASIC, my favourite programming language at the time, or DBASE, But I used to play games all the time. We used to have computers in our school also, but that was too little exposure.
Then I learned to type on a typewriter at school and at a local typing teaching institute and a whole new world opened up to me.
Then when I was in college I also found a job working in a factory as an office assistant and they had bought the latest computer at that time, Pentium 100 with 1 GB of hard disk and 16 MB RAM, which was fantastic as it ran WINDOWS 95, before that I also worked with Windows 3.1 for a while just to get used to the windows interface.
Later I wanted to learn from a professional institute so I took admission in a 1 year diploma course in computers from “Noor College of Professional Education” here in Karachi Pakistan. It was here that I decided that this is what I was meant to do in my life. By the way, I was one of the brightest students in my class and teacher’s favorite by their definition, it was one of the best years in my life and I enjoyed every second of it.
After that basic 1 year computer sciences course, I learnt Visual Basic and other courses from the MCSD track, But never appeared for the exams.
I had worked all the while I was in College, working part time, here and there and getting experience and learning on other peoples expenses, and when I finished my college I had a solid 5 years experience working in the field. I started from the bottom and spent my time in the hell hole.
I was into web design fairy early in my career but my first break into the SEO industry came when I was offered a job to work for www.mystiqueasia.net, I worked there for 1 year optimizing their website. Then I started off on my own venture www.arfy.net which did not pickup at that stage then I had to work for a few more years working as a consultant and website designer on projects for a few marketing and advertising firms.
This is the time when I decided that I was not cut out to work 9 to 5 jobs and that I had to give my own venture another shot. This is when I developed my theory “Sleep while you earn”. My theory says that there should be businesses which would run itself with very little administration and effort on my part, but the initial effort has to be made to launch it. It applies very easily to Google Adsence program, which is one of the programs I target for my approach.
My second try was successful because I realized a niche market that I could cater to, which is the outsourcing market place for website development, maintenance and search engine optimization on long term basis, like 6 months to 1 year.
I am a big advocate of using Audio / Video in the website that I create because if an image speaks a thousand words, then a video speaks a million words, and they get a boost in credibility when they have introductory videos on their website.
I am also very enthusiastic about Blogs and I develop blogs for all my clients.
One of my first projects was a turn key project for a Norwegian Web development firm http://www.nettnor.no/ who wanted to outsource their search engine optimization, and they found me, I worked with them for 6 months while training their employees and working on their projects.
My first USA outsourcing client was Mark Miller of http://www.pianoweb.com/, his website was featured by SKYPE and a reference to me was also mentioned in that article which was read by George Rogu MD. Of www.adoptiondoctors.com, who I consider a visionary in his own right. We make a good team and I have had a very fruitful business relationship with him; I have developed many projects with him. With his reference I have worked on http://www.nyhomestudy.com/ and http://www.multilingualdevelopment.com/ and my business is improving.
These were just the highlights of my career. I have purposely skipped many clients and projects.
You can find a list of all my projects at www.arfy.net/clients.htm