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

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

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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 »


Family Man Breaks Free from 9-to-5 to Create a Mobile App Biz, with 70 Apps and Millions of Users – with Christopher Taylor

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October 9, 2013

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THE FREEDOM SHOW, EPISODE 22: Christopher Taylor’s first job out of school was to sell beer on the beach. When he got ‘serious in life’, he joined a large corporation and worked in Marketing. He’d recently started a family and had a mortgage to pay, so predictable income was very important to him. But still, he wondered whether spending his life selling co-branded credit cards for SUVs in the middle of a debt and environmental crisis was worth it. So what did he do? http://traffic.libsyn.com/radicaltribe/22-Christopher_Taylor_Final_9-Oct-13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more »


How to Quit Your Day Job and Find Your True Calling (No Cliches, This is the Real Deal) – with Kelly Gurnett

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September 25, 2013

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THE FREEDOM SHOW, EPISODE 21: Lots of people working 9-to-5  jobs are unfulfilled in their careers, yet learn to deal with it. Kelly Gurnett calls this ‘the way things are’ syndrome. Everyone around you is dealing with it, so you do too. When Kelly worked at a day job she didn’t particularly enjoy, she couldn’t cope like everyone around her did. So after years of living a life of quiet desperation, she took action, started a blog and chipped away at building her writing business. Two and half years later, as […] Read more »


From Side Business To Millions – with Jon Thornton, Co-founder Of ParkWhiz.com

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July 9, 2013

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EPISODE 19: Jon Thornton teamed up with someone he hardly knew during the summer after undergrad to work on a parking-based business idea together. The idea was to work on the business idea till the end of summer and see what happens. Seven years later, after several twists and turns, Jon and his partner Aashish Dalal are still in business together. They recently raised their first round of venture capital and are ready to take on the world. http://traffic.libsyn.com/radicaltribe/19-Jon_thornton_9-Jul-13_FINAL.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more »


From Mainstream Journalist to Thriving Business Owner – with Alexis Grant

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March 19, 2013

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EPISODE 12: A common theme that’s emerged from my conversations with a dozen guests so far is that businesses usually start as side projects. There’s nobody I’ve spoken to that has quit her day job cold turkey and started a business from scratch (except myself – I was stupid but lucky it worked out!). To illustrate further on how to start a side business and smoothly transition it into a full time gig, I invited Alexis Grant, a former reporter at U.S. News & World Report, to tell me her story. […] 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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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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