I’m a 36 year old location independent who makes a living on the internet. I own a marketing agency, publishing company and have my hands in a lot of other smaller income streams.
Recently I’ve been asked whether I always wanted to be a business owner.
Here’s my answer:
My Business and Lifestyle Vision
It took me a long time but in 2013 I finally realized my dream of becoming location independent. Before that I worked hard on diversifying my income streams and not being subject to the whims of any one client, company or platform.
The first thing I did once I found freedom is fly to Aruba.
At this point I want to share my experience and network with others and this is why “The Smart Brand Marketing Show” came to be.
How I add adventure to my life:
1997 – Bought into a record store at age of 16. DJ’ed in bars, colleges & at raves.
1998 – Organized 1st concert.
1999 – Overtrained in basketball and had major knee injury.
2000 – Moved To Florida
2002 – 3rd degree sunburn in Key West. Graduated from Full Sail with a record degree.
2003 – Moved To Brooklyn. Worked as engineer at Unique Recording Studios at Times Square. Met many of my favorite music artists.
2004 – Featured in a hip hop documentary. Started record label. Received bachelor degree in marketing from NYIT.
2005 – Released 1st hip hop album. Two of the tracks hit the top 10 music chart of a polish radio station in NYC and 1 stayed there for a year.
2005-2008 – Massive sales experience. Inside, outside & retail. Paid training at Nestle, Metlife, Nationwide, Hilti, Warranty Direct, Volt Relocation & Unifirst.
2006 – Met the wife.
2008 – Released 2nd hip hop album. Another two tracks hit the top 10. Performed at the polish parade in NYC.
2009 – Experienced what life at the Hamptons feels like.
2010 – Purchased Coffee Shop
2011 – Built 300+ Adsense sites. First experience with outsourcing.
2012 – Started SEO Agency. Landed 30+ clients. Landed numerous coaching gigs.
2013 – Had my team publish 750+ Kindle Books.
2014 – Began two podcasts. Smart Brand Marketing & The Business Lifecast.
Filmed a documentary
Publishing company hit a new milestone – over 4,000 books published.
Movie shown in theaters
My IMDB rank took a hit
Began work on Faster Than Normal with Peter Shankman- creator of HARO (Help a Reporter Out).
Divorced wife and took a bit of time off from work. Enjoyed a few months in Lisbon and Warsaw with friends and family.
Moved to Thailand and got back to work and made a new driver license to make it official.
Started a new company creating online courses for influencers
…here’s me looking into the future…