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.