This is the third Quitter Profile we’ve posted; the first two were profiles of future Quitters. This is our first profile of someone who actually escaped his day job, started an online business, and is now living a true success story. Pat is a regular guy who suddenly found himself facing a difficult situation. What I love about his story is that this could be anyone’s story. With so many people loosing their jobs and facing tough times, I feel that Pat’s story can be an inspiration to us all…a story that shows us the possibilities, if only we’re willing to take a chance and be bold.
Every time I read this interview, I feel a little more empowered. That’s because this is a powerful story. Have you been thinking about starting an Internet-based business? Do you have the soul of an entrepreneur? Do you wish you could work from home and spend more time with your family without having to worry about paying the bills? Then read this interview! Pat was just like you. If he can do this, so can you!
Name: Pat Flynn
Your age: 26
Location: San Diego, CA
Main website: www.SmartPassiveIncome.com
Other site: www.GreenExamAcademy.com
Q: Did you have a “day job” before you became self-employed? If so, what did you do?
A: I did have a day job, and I actually enjoyed it very much. I was working in an Architectural Firm here in Southern California and everything was going well. I was on some really high-profile projects, traveling all around the U.S. and meeting some really important clients. I managed the organization of construction documents for various projects, and also did a little 2d and 3d designing as well. If you go down the Strip in Vegas and run into the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Timeshare Resort, you can see the exact project I was working on for a couple of years. It was exciting.
Q: When did you quit your day job and how did you know the time was right to quit?
A: I never quit my day job because I was actually forced out of it. As we all know, hard economic times were felt by all – myself and my day job included. In October of 2008, I was let go and was left to figure out exactly what I was going to do. I panicked for a good 2 days until I realized I had an opportunity to do some wonderful things online. I was doing some very minor things like blogging in my free time before I was laid off, but now…I had all the time in the world. I decided to take what I was doing online to a whole new level and start my own business.
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Everybody needs to be creative now and then. For entrepreneurs like us who are trying to become self-employed and create sustainable income through a small business, great ideas are like gold. It’s far better to have many average ideas than only one that’s above average. Why? Because when we have a much larger pool of ideas to work from, we’re more likely to hook into one that needs only a little tweaking to turn it into something remarkable.
If you’re like me, you keep a list of ideas. Some of these may eventually turn into future income streams. I have a lot of ideas, though many are still a bit undeveloped. However, I’ve noticed that there are times in which I’m more likely to have a multiple-idea burst. This happens after I’ve done something very exciting or when I’ve watched a movie that has me really charged up with energy. That’s when the ideas seem to come to me in clusters. Here are some examples of movies that seem to lubricate my creativity:
This Web Candy comes to you complements of TED. For anyone trying to start a new business, whether as a work-from-home Internet business or a brick-and-mortar small business, you’re going to have to find a way to deliver the goods in a unique way that people notice. As Seth Godin points out, it doesn’t matter what you are selling, it doesn’t have to be completely new it only has to get the customer’s attention.
What does it take to create a product or service that will capture the attention of the people who are already interested in the niche that your product fills? Godin, in this 2003 TED talk, presents examples of people have done exactly that. It wasn’t that their products were so unique or innovative, it’s that they were presented in a remarkable way so that the people who cared about them took notice. This is excellent training ground for all entrepreneurs or anyone who is trying to get a business of any size going. Watch it and take notes (there may be a quiz later).
You know how it is…you sit at your computer, as if you are meditating, and you go on a journey across the vast reaches of the Internet, following one site after another. You just sort of go wherever your interests lead you, stopping briefly, first here, now there; only long enough to see if anything catches your attention. It can be very cathartic wandering around like that. On one such trip around the netosphere, I happened upon the blog of someone I knew from Twitter. The title of his blog, The Way That You Wander, caught my attention. Finding a couple of post titles that looked interesting, I began reading. Sometimes, blog posts can drag on for days and no matter how awesome they may be, I sometimes just don’t have the time (or the attention span) to finish them. But this guy, Nate, was good at writing short but insightful posts–each one got me thinking. Nate sometimes uses movies, quotes or everyday experiences from which he gleans a bit of wisdom or makes a poignant observation that he shares with his readers. Since I like thinking and exploring the nature of life, Nate’s style appeals to me. He’s honest and open, optimistic and engaging…and he’s trying to become a Quitter.
I’ve gotten to know Nate better since I first wandered onto his blog. He’s a regular guy trying to create something unique in his life. He’s following the modern trend that, in the past, would have been considered a path of losers and ne’er-do-wells. Society doesn’t look too kindly on the unconventional lifestyle one chooses when one decides to work for him or herself rather than dutifully accept the standard 40-hours-per-week misery known as a typical day job (although Nate’s day job is actually pretty cool already). But working for someone else isn’t for me and it’s not for Nate either. And since we’re all in this together, I thought I would introduce you to Nate who hopes to soon join the ranks of other Quitters and be his own boss. (Be sure to visit his blog for some good reading.) And now, here’s Nate… Continue reading
Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is a day of celebration for people who live in the United States of America. We are celebrating the day we became an independent nation. Independence was declared on July 2, 1776 (the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) and was formally recognized on July 4th. Today, we celebrate and recognize our independence. But, most unfortunately, the majority of citizens of the United States are still not truly independent; a situation I find myself in and am presently working to rectify. Continue reading
We are a unique breed, those of us who are currently trying to develop work-from-home income or start a micro business, etc. Many of us just want to increase our income but I think the majority of us want to be free from having to work 40 hours per week for someone else. But there is a danger in the process that, if not recognized, can cause a great deal of stress and even make you miserable or lead to depression.
Are We There Yet?
It has been said in many ways that life is a journey, not a destination. The point is meant to remind us to enjoy the journey, to stop and smell the roses, etc. But how often do we really remember to do so? If you are in the process of “getting something going” that may eventually start generating income, that’s pretty exciting. But are holding your breath? Is your life on hold until your “ship comes in?” I’m not going to lie to you and say that I’ve beaten this habit. I still find myself doing it, probably less than most people, but it still rears its ugly head from time to time. I find myself dreaming of what the future will be like when I’ve accomplished my goal. While there’s nothing wrong with that, in general, it can be a problem if you feel that the only way to be happy is when you reach that future goal and until you’ve arrived, your happiness is on hold.