I’m a 32 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:
“I wanted to be an astronaut… or so my mother claims.
When I was 7.. I was laying on the back seat of a car that was smuggling liquor back into the country (was supposed to cry and scream if the immigration wanted to check).
At 9 I was helping pops push product at soccer stadiums in Eastern Europe… was hustled a few times by Russians in the other stands and learned my lessons.
I learned how to sell.
The only games I played around the house had to do with money changing hands (don’t ask as I’d have a hard time explaining this one).
After working at some corporate jobs, and seeing how much residual income they were keeping…. I went out onto my own for good.
It would be hard for me to say that “I wanted to be a business owner” though… more that “I did not do well working for someone else.””
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.