Who is Wesley Smits?
I was born in the Netherlands in 1993. Throughout my childhood, I was surrounded by entrepreneurs. My parents, aunts, and uncles all ran their own businesses. This got me thinking about all the things I could do to become an entrepreneur myself. At the age of 11, I started my first side-business selling ringtones online. At first, by promoting my website to people at my school, and later through posting on forums I made my first money for myself.
By the age of 14, I had gotten obsessed with SEO, and helping websites rank at the top of Google. Through SEO I had to learn how websites work and followed courses on HTML, CSS, jQuery, and PHP, and started building my own websites. For this, I opened my first self-owned company as a freelance WordPress Developer and SEO specialist working for local businesses in surrounding regions. During my career as a web developer, I had the opportunity to build sites for the leading fashion brands in the Netherlands such as Only for Men, Intersport Twinsport, Roetgerink, and many more.
At the age of 25, I became deeply interested in personal finance, investing, and creating passive income streams. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to plan my financial future. This shift in mindset led me to realize that instead of working for an hourly rate, I should focus on building my own business. I therefore closed my WordPress agency and created my own brand. Running my own business gave me more time and means to build a diversified investment portfolio so I can achieve my long-term financial goals. To do this, I defined my investment goals and risk tolerance. I researched and compared different types of investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. Once I had a good understanding of my options and comfort zone, I began to allocate investments in a way to create a balanced portfolio that aligns with my goals and risk tolerance. Overall, my portfolio has been growing at a steady rate through frequent reviews, careful planning, self-education and remains the most valuable way for my to grow wealth long term.
In addition to running my own business, I also started blogging about web development and personal finance on Medium as a way to share my knowledge and build another income stream. On this platform, I write about topics such as how to become a web developer, ways to increase traffic to your website, and strategies for planning your financial future. I hope that my content will inspire and help you achieve your entrepreneurial goals in life.