There are an abundance of websites out there catering to people who want to “break free from the 9-to-5,” “live and work from anywhere,” and “build recurring passive income.” Most of these websites center around the story of an unwitting young protagonist, trapped in the miserable grind of a demeaning desk job, who takes a huge risk and wins big by building a business online. And now, he’s going to show you exactly how he did it so you can live a life you’ve only dreamed of.
This is not one of those websites. I don’t have an online business, and I have no idea how to build one.
I do have an MBA which left me with about $70k in student loans, but fortunately that same MBA landed me a consulting job that pays quite well. So, I can probably pay off the rest of the loan in a year or so. On the flip side, I don’t enjoy this job at all. So there’s that.
I also have a wife who doesn’t work–well, technically, she has a temporary job working from home as a Google Ads rater for $15/hr but it’s only part-time. We have a son who will turn 2 in June, and tentative plans to maybe try for another child within a year. So I’ve got some people to support with my income.
I’m just a dude with some pretty typical circumstances at the ripe old age of 32.
And yet… I am absolutely mesmerized by the idea of running my own business, especially an online business. Some of the internet hawkers have caught my attention, and I have even spent some money on courses to help me build an online business. I’ve done some of the work, and made some progress, but have more or less stalled out.
In other words, I’ve followed the same trajectory as probably 90% of the people who buy these courses.
I’m not giving up yet though. I recently came across Sean Ogle’s website, which at first glance follows the standard script for a website selling “lifestyle design.” I did sign up for his list though, just to see what kind of advice was offered, and the first major task was to start a blog. Not a blog with the goal of selling something, but just a blog, to write whatever the hell I wanted to write about.
So, I am going to write this blog about my haphazard and sometimes comical attempts to start an online business. I’m not writing for an audience and I’m not writing to sell something. I’m just writing because I find it therapeutic and because there is a remote possibility that someone else might find some value in the stories I have to tell.
Welcome to my blog.