What this site isn’t

Let’s get this out of the way. I’m not a millionaire, and I get put off by those sleazy promotional squeeze pages showing a dudebro buried in a pile of five-figure checks, along with a screenshot of his huge house and bank account balance. If you’re looking to get rich next month through some trick online, you should probably look elsewhere. Actually, don’t look elsewhere – just keep reading and I’ll help you find something that actually works.

[Stereotypical pile of checks. These aren’t mine]
If you haven’t figured it out already, you’re not likely to repeat the success of the get-rich-quick, “download my eBook and learn how to earn six figures through affiliate marketing in two weeks” strategy. Yes, it has worked for some people, but the people selling these programs have paid their dues in other ways, and they usually don’t sell their “secrets” to the masses until they’re played out and unprofitable. I’m not saying affiliate marketing is a bad business model, but if you feel drawn to it, plan on putting in just as much work as any other small business opportunity. There are very few honest and decent get-rich-quick ideas, and most of those involve huge amounts of luck and risk tolerance.

So it’s not get-rich-quick. Why should I follow your blog?

There’s a better way to building success, and you can do it! I know because I’m terrible at this stuff, and it’s working for me.

In the last two years, I have:

  • Left a stressful corporate job that sapped my time and energy
  • Overcome “imposter syndrome” – the fear that I could never be a “real” business owner
  • Established a successful small business that pays my bills and puts me on track to accomplishing my life goals
  • Set up a steady work routine that isn’t difficult, keeps me busy, and grows my business
  • Enjoyed the flexibility of working for myself, when I want to work

So how can I start a successful business?

You can be just as successful as the dudebros in those sleazy promotional videos. This is absolutely true. But if you interview a hundred people who have reached that point, you’ll find for every one or two successful internet marketers, there are ten successful window cleaners, gardeners, and window tinters. My point: avoid the infomercials and do what actually works 95% of the time – and that is to start a business that provides actual value that most everyday people will pay for, instead of looking for schemes online.

Start a business. Any business, really. Extra points if it’s a tried-and-true, no-frills small business idea that’s been done a thousand times. Those are the likeliest to make you money and turn into a valuable book of business over time.

Through a series of interviews with other business owners from various industries, I want to show you that it is less important what you do, and more important that you follow a common formula of learning to believe in yourself, establishing a system of disciplined growth, and once you find that groove, putting in a few years of decent work to build your business and climb into success.

This sounds less exciting than that infomercial.

It’s actually much more enjoyable and fulfilling! What would you rather do: watch a few Youtube videos that make you feel bad for not being filthy rich, but only give you vague or bad information; or, see how the other 95% of business owners have built their success, using simple, tried-and-true methods?

I’m not going to pretend to be the source of all small-business wisdom; I’m just a fellow traveler like you. But as I interview other business owners and collect their wisdom, sharing some of the things I’ve gleaned for myself as well, I think we both can find a more rewarding life.

What do you say? Are you up for the journey?

“I wish I could be a travel blogger…”

I love travel blogs – I could read them all day. People who are courageous enough to quit their job, sell their car, and leave everything behind to travel full-time inspire me. I’ll often stare out the window and imagine living that dream, and I won’t lie; it sounds good.

But for most of us (myself included) that dream is not practical. I have a wife and two kids, a bit of stuff, family, friends, and student loans…plenty of things that I can’t leave behind.

Still, I would like to travel the world; I’d like to leave the 50-hour work week behind; I’d like to spend time in beautiful places that inspire me. Are those things unattainable, simply because I have ties here at home that I don’t want to break?

If you feel at all like me, then this blog is for you.

Keep in mind that while you’re fantasizing about internet cafes in Bangkok and hostels in Peru, also know that isn’t the entire story. If you read closely enough (and some bloggers are even upfront about it) you’ll see cracks in the Instagram facade: traveling 12 months a year is exhausting; unless you have a trust fund or run one of the top 50 travel blogs, money will often be a source of stress; in addition, you can actually become pretty lonely on the road. In short, the lifestyle can wear you down over time.

Is the door closing on the travel blogger lifestyle? Or is there an even better way out there?

What if you could see the world without severing ties at home; find fulfilling work that pays for your lifestyle without chaining you to an office job or a boss; and

I’ll tell you about my journey: In 2015 I left a stressful corporate job behind, bought a small franchise, and relocated from Seattle to St. George Utah to run a local magazine. St. George is similar to Boulder, Colorado in some ways – it has stunning outdoor scenery, nearly everyone is a world-class athlete, and there are virtually no corporate jobs: if you want to live here, you have to make your own way. It’s a city of nomads, digital and otherwise.

Over the next several months I’ll be relating my journey, the things I’ve picked up, and I’ll be interviewing other hometown nomads – people who live in a place they love, have rewarding, flexible work that supports their lifestyle, including as much travel as they want. I hope you’ll find this lifestyle is very doable. There’s room for you here.