Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Ana, I'm an independent web analytics consultant specializing in the implementation of tools like Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. I'm originally from the US, work 100% remotely, and am based in Taiwan most of the time.
What are you working on at the moment?
Besides consulting, I'm working on a Google Sheets add-on called API Connector (https://mixedanalytics.com/api-connector/). It imports data from any API directly into Google Sheets. I originally created it for my consulting clients who wanted to easily access data from a variety of systems, and there are now thousands of people using it every day.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech?
Take advantage of online courses and tutorials and YouTube channels to learn the basics of web development, or any other area of tech you're interested in. Even experienced web developers use Google and Stack Overflow constantly, so don't feel bad about looking stuff up. Make your own website or app, so you have a place to practice and apply what you've learned, and can build a portfolio to show potential employers. Also, don't overlook tech-related opportunities at your existing job. There is often a strong need for tech help even in departments that aren't strictly tech. I originally worked in a non-technical role as a web analyst, but I often volunteered for tasks related to QA'ing the data collection process, which led to working on analytics implementation and learning how to code.
What are your goals?
My current goal is to keep growing API Connector. It's growing fast and I can imagine a day when it's no longer my side project.
Whats the best advice you have received?
Best advice: live below your means. When your spending levels are lower than your income, you don't have money-related stress, you build up money to invest in your ideas, you have the freedom to quit a bad job and pursue other paths. If you keep this discipline, you also avoid the common trap of upgrading your lifestyle, only to immediately want to upgrade again.
Who do you follow? what blogs do you read?
I participate on the IndieHackers forum, since it's fun to talk to other people working on small companies or solo projects. It's also one of the kindest communities on the web.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
Check my site at www.mixedanalytics.com.
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