Who am I?
My name is Mehdi. I’m a 30 years old business developer & marketing consultant. I am originally from Iran, but currently residing in Turkey where I work as a freelancer, helping entrepreneurs and business owners to develop & promote their businesses.
My Rather Long Story
My story didn’t begin with business development or marketing. Back in 2005, when I was 14 years old, I started learning Flash Animations and Adobe Photoshop. I delivered my first project during the summer of 2005 and got my first salary. It wasn’t much but I was 14 and nothing could make me feel better than making money on my own.
It was then that I decided to try my best to learn all I can about Flash & Photoshop to be able to get better job offers and make more money. One thing led to another and gained a lot of experience doing what I was doing back then.
It was around 2008 when I got my first job, a part-time graphic designer, designing product catalogs, providing website content, and making marketing materials. The job wasn’t paying much, but what I learned and the experience I gained during the 5 years I was working there, taught me the fundamentals of a world I was about to enter.
By the end of 2012, I had a broad understanding of research & development, content marketing, SEO, and website design, and was able to employ them for good. In 2013, I was headhunted by a company as an R&D specialist. This was an important opportunity for me because I could put all my skills & abilities to the test in a professional context.
I was working directly with the business development department and marketing team and sharing the results of research & analysis for new markets, opportunities, products, customers, etc., and in return, I learned the fundamentals of business development and marketing for big companies.
In 2016, the company I was working for was merged with a larger heavy industry holding and I was offered to manage one of the business development departments. I accepted the offer and mustered all my power to be the best at what I was doing. This was my last full-time job, after which I quit to work as a freelancer business developer and marketing consultant.
Since late 2017, I’ve been working as a freelancer during which I carefully chose my clients and passionately worked by their side to achieve business milestones from starting a business from scratch to promoting and successfully monetizing it.
I specifically work with businesses related to technology, fintech, SaaS, eCommerce, blockchain & cryptocurrency, eGaming & iGaming, Travel, and Lifestyle niches providing services such as business planning & modeling, product & market research, providing marketing plans, in-depth site/business auditing, providing content, and implementing content marketing and social media marketing campaigns.
Over the years that I worked for different companies and business owners, one thing became crystal clear to me, and that is no matter the size of business operations or monetization model, all businesses from small supermarkets to vast multinational corporations will require business development & marketing to make more money.