ESCAPE 9-to-5. CREATE YOUR OWN FREEDOM. Case Studies of Non-traditional Business Founders

From Struggling Artist Waiting Tables to Thriving Wholesaler and Ecommerce Entrepreneur – with Jamila Tazewell

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Published under Artist, Design & llustration, Ecommerce, Fashion, Wholesale

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October 13, 2014

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EPISODE 33:  Ever feel you have no clue how to start a business? Scared? Confused? Well, Jamila Tazewell was like you, but she started anyway. A struggling artist-designer living in New York and working two jobs apart from running a side business, she wanted success badly. She had no idea what she was doing, but forced herself to venture out of her bubble and contact the stores she wanted to sell her wallets, handbags, jewelry, etc. to. Once you start, all kinds of magic will happen, she says. And it did. Read more »


How Charlie Pabst Started a Business in a Domain He Knew Nothing About…and Prospered.

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Published under Creative agency, Design & llustration, Freelancing, Personal branding, Service business

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September 30, 2014

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EPISODE 32: Charlie Pabst designed coffee shops for a famous coffee company. He produced more work than several others, but got paid less. He waited for a while for things to change, but nothing happened. Enough was enough, so he started doing graphic and web design on the side and quit his job. No business experience, no prior graphic design experience. Here’s his story…it could be yours, too. Read more »


Jumping Into the Deep End: A Blow by Blow Account of How Two Creative Pros Built a Cool Internet Business – with Omar Noory & Jen Adrion

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Published under Blogging/Writing, Design & llustration, Ecommerce, Freelancing

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February 5, 2013

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Episode 6: In 2009, Jen Adrion and Omar Noory wanted a world map they could hang up on a wall to document their travels. When they couldn’t find one they liked they, like true creative pros, decided to make a couple of maps themselves. Since the printer’s minimum order quantity was 50, the duo ended up with 48 extra maps. That’s when the light bulb turned on…what if other people are interested in buying the leftover stock? Fast forward 3 years. The enterprising duo has a neat 6-figure e-commerce business selling high-end maps […] Read more »

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