Hey there, I’m Shawn Manaher and I am super excited to have you checking out the very first episode of Sidepreneurs! This podcast is for those individuals with the dream of being an entrepreneur, for those wanting to launch, grow and graduate into full-time entrepreneurship by building a side business.
You’re going to hear entrepreneur success stories from many of today’s top entrepreneurs AND lessons to help you as you launch, grow and graduate into entrepreneurship. This daily, 30-minute podcast is geared for startups, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and of course Sidepreneurs!!!
Now, in this episode I share with you what a sidepreneur is, the vision of the Sidepreneurs podcast, my story as a Sidepreneur and finally, how you get connected with what we are doing at Sidepreneurs.
Looking for more, feel free to listen or read below… It’s time to take action, today!
[Being a Sidepreneur] is not for those prone to dramatic emotional responses like crying and whining.
Hey there, welcome to Sidepreneurs where your path to freedom begins TODAY!!!
I’m Shawn Manaher and I am thrilled to have you listening in today.
So, what the heck is a Sidepreneur? What a great question, but before I answer that I want to give you a quick rundown of what you can expect from this inaugural episode of Sidepreneurs.
First off, I’m going to share with you the vision I have for Sidepreneurs.
Next, I’m going to let you know what you can expect when listening to this show.
Then, I’m going to share my story as a Sidepreneur…
Finally, I will share with you how you can become part of the Sidepreneur’s revolution that is about to be unleashed!
In the next 10 minutes, I won’t be able to share everything about Sidepreneurs, but you can head over to Sidepreneurs.com to learn more and consume all the resources, blogs, podcasts, etc. found at Sidepreneurs.com.
Are you ready for this? Let’s get started…
Every day, ideas are thought of, plans are made, but it is those who take action that enjoy the greatest opportunity for real success. Sidepreneurs is all about helping you launch, grow and graduate into fulltime entrepreneurship by energizing, educating and equipping you to move from thinking to action. Sidepreneurs is truly about finding an idea, developing a strategy and taking action… it’s your path to freedom.
You know being a Sidepreneur has it’s ups and downs and I can attest to this from my own experience… you definitely are in for a ride if you want to become one. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s not for those prone to dramatic emotional responses like crying and whining. I’m joking there, I’ve cried and whined about this journey, because it’s tough stuff… Being a Sidepreneur may be the hardest thing you have ever tried, but I can promise you this, it is worth the FREEDOM that you can experience.
My vision is to see individuals like you become & flourish as Sidepreneurs. I want you to launch your side gig! I want you to grow that businesses and then graduate into full time entrepreneurship. My vision is to give you what you need to succeed through this podcast, the resources, products and services developed at Sidepreneurs.com. It is my dream to help you and others like you see, know your path to freedom.
Now, in just a second I’m going to share with you my story as a Sidepreneur, how getting a medical exam was my wake up call, getting released & leaving my job (aka fired) was the best thing to happen to me, but before I do that, let’s answer that question… What the heck is a Sidepreneur?
A Sidepreneur is someone that is building a business in their spare time, while being employed or contracted by someone else. And this podcast Sidepreneurs is aimed to help those of you wanting to launch, grow and graduate into fulltime entrepreneurship through a side gig.
Is that you? Are you in the midst of growing your business and looking to figure out how to graduate into full-time entrepreneurship? What about that dream of starting your own side business? You feel the pull… You can taste it… you want it… Are you wanting to launch your own side business? Or, maybe you’ve graduated into fulltime entrepreneurship, you’re rocking it… or not so much and now you are looking for inspiration, education and tools to help you move ahead… Keep listing in daily to Sidepreneurs to energize, educate and equip yourself!
Now, when you do decide to listen into Sideprneurs, I want to give you an idea of what you can expect:
First, you’re going to hear interviews with top entrepreneurs like, John Lee Dumas, Jay Baer, Amy Porterfield and many more folks like these, but you’ll also hear from every day Sidepreneurs, those launching, growing, and graduating into fulltime entrepreneurship…
In fact, I’d love to hear from you if you are a Sidepreneur, are wanting to launch, are looking to grow, and are graduating or want to graduate into FT entrepreneurship. I want to know what you are doing, how I can help you in your journey and possibly have you on the show. At the end of this episode, I am going to tell you exactly how we can connect, so listen for that shortly…
So, I love interview podcasts and so that is why at Sidepreneurs you are going to hear the stories, struggles and success of these incredible entrepreneurs, BUT, to mix things up, you will also hear a specific relevant lesson that you can apply in your Sidepreneur business each episode. We’ll be talking about podcasting, blogging, facebook, social media, content marketing, email and much much more… Every topic and subject you can imagine each day… All in under 30 minutes…
The last thing I’ll say about what you can expect from Sidepreneurs daily podcast is this… straight forward, honest and transparent responses. I aim to uncover and share with you the real secrets behind the success of these individuals. I ask a set of specific questions each espisode, BUT I change it up and ask probing questions to get the most out of the guests for you… You won’t be disappointed!
So, what about Shawn Manaher the Sidepreneur?
Sidepreneurs was born out of my own experience as an entrepreneur. Back in 2009, 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 fulltime job and I kept building the business fulltime, while working full-time… 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…
Sidepreneurs is passionately excited to help you navigate and work through the steps of launching, growing and graduating into fulltime entrepreneurship. In the time since my freedom day, I’ve successfully launched 3 other businesses, gotten healthy, have soooo much less stress and experience more freedom than I ever did working for someone else.
So are you in? Are you still listening? Do you want to be part of the Sidepreneurs revolution?
Through this podcast and all the resources that are ing and will be built on Sidepreneurs I want to help you Launch, Grow and Graduate into fulltime entrepreneurship. So, I want you in on this and I truly believe this is not just a podcast, but something that will impact you and the lives of many people wanting to start on their Path to Freedom.
So, right now there are Three ways to show your support and to get you plugged into Sidepreneurs
One – When you get home from work or done listening to this podcast head over to sidepreneurs.com and download our guide, ‘The Sidepreneurs Startup Checklist’, this will get you connected with me and the team at Sidepreneurs so we can start engaging. This is also the list from which I will pull guest Sidepreneurs to share about their own stories, successes, lessons and recommendations. So you will want to be on this list so I know your interest.
Two- Did you love this podcast? Then please rate, review and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes as soon as you are done downloading ‘The Sidepreneurs Startup Checklist’. This way you will never miss an episode!
Finally, Three – Tell us, tell others and listen again… I would love to have you back listening, hearing from these incredible guests and sharing with others what is happening on Sidepreneurs.
As I close this episode out, I want to thank you for your attention, interest and support. It means the world to me and I’m super excited to see you start on your path to freedom so you can launch, grow and graduate into full-time entrepreneurship.