It started with an idea, that transformed into a business, that was multiplied through sales & marketing and now… it’s 2015!
So, back in 2009, my wife April decided that she wanted to get her Master in Education, while still working full-time, so that left me in the evenings with A LOT of free time on my hands. So, at that moment I decided, I could either become really good at video games or do something I’ve always wanted to to do… Start my own business.
Through some research I got my feet wet learning how to make money online through Google Adsense. I’d write some content, post it on some blogs, build some niche sites, places ads on those platforms and BAM, in a few short months I was making $500/ month… During this time, I was working at a corporate job completely dying instead. I caught a taste of FREEDOM… You know that feeling… The freedom to work on your own terms. The dream of setting your own schedule. Living for today and not tomorrow… dreaming about your 4-hour weeks, about travel about FREEDOM. In the first few months of making money online, I realized… I wanted FREEDOM and I wanted it badly!
While I was doing amazingly well with this “passive income” stuff, I realized if I wanted to last online, I needed to create a product, service or something that had the makings of a real business. That’s when I launched my first side business… The Content Authority. The business did incredibly well in the first full year, generating serious revenue, but I was scared to jump ship…I enjoyed the financial stability that someone else was giving me… So, within 18 months of growing my business online, my wife was able to leave her full-time job and I kept building the business full-time, while working fulltime… Things were great or so it seemed…
In 2011 I began to seriously gain weight, I wasn’t sleeping at all, getting maybe 4 hours a night, I started to feel weird pains all over my body and I would wake up with my my hands, feet and head completely numb completely numb… I was scared… I feared for my life… something was wrong, but I didn’t know what… so in January 2012, I decided to see a doctor, they ran a bunch of blood test, looked at my kidneys and had me go under anesthesia for a bunch of other exams… That moment was scary knowing something in my body was so serious it required this type of testing… after getting that series of medical exams, I found out… Nothing… The doctors put me under, did all these tests and all they figured out was that they could not find anything wrong with me, BUT because of the amount of stress I was under at work, while also building my business fulltime on the side, it was causing my body to react. At that moment I decided it was time to leave… But to my surprise, so did my Director.
Just 2 months later I listened to my Director tell me the company was scaling back and my position was being eliminated… Talk about relief and definitely not the way I planned… 3 months later on June 29, 2012 I experienced the most incredible freedom… It was my Freedom Friday.
That day was my last day working for someone else, my business had continued to do well, now 3 years later things financially were great and we would be good! As I walked to my car after exiting the building, I immediately called my wife… all I could say, like William Wallace from Braveheart was FREEEEDDDDDDDOOOOMM…
In the time since my freedom day, I’ve successfully launched 3 other businesses, Nexus Affects, Book Marketing Tools & Reading Deals, gotten healthy, have soooo much less stress and experience more freedom than I ever did working for someone else.
2015 and beyond…
As 2015 kicks off, I am excited to launch Sidepreneurs to help entrepreneurs, who like myself a few years ago, need to navigate the waters of learning how to launch, grow and graduate into full-time entrepreneurship. It’s one of the hardest things you will ever do and I can attest to my own experience it’s hard work!
In the end, there is one thing I want Sidepreneurs to become known for, the place where Sidepreneurs find their path to freedom. I want to be the catalyst to help many individuals, find that one idea, develop a clear strategy and then act of it! I won’t be doing this alone and so, if you are in and loved what your read, subscribe on the right and download ‘The Sidepreneurs Startup Checklist’ to get connected.
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