Building in Public

The Story of Turning $943.76 into $7,832.20 Using Just My Skills And Knowledge

How my hobby turned into a money-making business and a new passion for life

Mark Vassilevskiy
The Startup
Published in
5 min readMar 9, 2024

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By the end of 2023, I felt pretty miserable.

My investment portfolio dropped significantly, Medium almost stopped paying anything (compared to thousands of dollars in the previous months), and a few of my long-term clients left me.

At that time, my head was continuously filled with thoughts about creating my own design agency. An agency that would create perfect & conversion-leading websites for SaaS startups.

I didn’t know where to start, how much money & effort it would take, and whether I would succeed.

But I took this risky step and decided to start building it right away. Here’s how it turned out:

Finding a Team

Whenever you have an idea for a product or a business, working with a team of professionals is always better.

Trying to accomplish everything alone is a nightmare. Trust me, I’ve tried it myself.

So, I’ve been working as a senior UI/UX designer for over 5 years straight and have tons of friends and partners…

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Mark Vassilevskiy
The Startup

Top Writer. Designer & Agency Owner. 1M+ views on Medium. Helping people drive conversions for their startup https://thegrowthvalley.com/