Pygmy Nuthatch

Succeed Outrageously as an Independent Creator

About Jared White

It all started in the heady “dot com” days of the late 90s.

Kid Jared
Jared “The Kid” White rockin' the sunglasses

The year was 1997. I struck out as a part-time freelance web designer, and through a process of trial-and-plenty-of-error, I learned the fundamentals of providing creative services to clients and getting paid for the privilege. Little did I realize in my years as teenage computer geek how fortunate I was to pick up these skills!

Yet the pressures of emerging adulthood finally got the better of me, and I entered the world of corporate America. Yup. I sat in a cubicle and drank bad coffee and filed TPS reports. (Not really, but some days I might as well have….) Truth be told, in ways both bad and good, I learned a lot from the experience. The know-how and discipline I have today as a programmer (mainly the Ruby on Rails and Jekyll technologies) was largely forged within those enterprises.

Original iPhone
Well somebody’s excited to get the first iPhone!

However, in 2010 after a series of difficult circumstances, I was forced to take the plunge and embark on the journey of making a living as a “free agent.” With the exception of a 6-month employment stint in 2014, I’ve spent these last 8 years discovering what it means to find success and thrive as an independent creative worker. My “day job” is working as a web designer & developer for my freelance business Whitefusion. I also write a frequent blog and host a podcast about the open web and other geeky interests at

And then there’s Pygmy Nuthatch. Though I’m not so full of myself as to self-identify as a “freelancing guru”—I am ready to impart a few nuggets of wisdom I might have picked up along the way. I’m here to encourage YOU to succeed outrageously as an independent creator. I don’t have all the answers, but I might have the answer you seek today.

At the beach
I’m glad she puts up with me :)

Thriving, not just surviving, as a free agent: doesn’t that sound nice? Even if you feel like you’re too old, or too married, or too whatever, to make it big working for yourself…don’t let the negative self-talk get you down. I’ve made virtually every mistake in the book—and I’m still here! If I’ve somehow fumbled and bumbled my way to a solid revenue stream, cool clients, groovy projects, and a lifestyle that gets me excited to wake up every morning, YOU CAN TOO!

So what do you say? Are you ready to take the journey with me? Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to sign up for my Pygmy Nuthatch newsletter. It doesn’t cost a dime, and it’s the gateway to me sending you regular and fresh insights on how to supercharge your career as a independent creator. In addition, you’ll be the first to know when excerpts from my upcoming book, Free Agent Blast Off! roll out. It’s a win-win scenario.

Got any questions? I’m available to chat with you on Facebook or on Twitter—or go here to send me a message.

Thanks for your time! I know there’s a lot to see and do on the internet, and your interest in Pygmy Nuthatch is what keeps me going. I appreciate it.

Rock on! 😎


Downtown Portland
Nothing better than the view from NedSpace coworking in downtown Portland! I <3 this town :-)