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

“You don’t have forever” – with full-time traveler Colin Wright

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October 10, 2015

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EPISODE 42: Here’s my guarantee about today’s episode. It will not only inspire you but will also push you to think about important questions you don’t usually ask yourself. I’m amused that this is the 42nd episode. I can quite comfortably title this episode “The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything” as one of my favourite authors is Douglas Adams :). If you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, forgive me for that inside joke. Read more »


How to Become a Literary Agent and Win in the Constantly Changing World of Publishing – with David Fugate

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January 31, 2015

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EPISODE 38: David Fugate tells us his story of how he struck out on his own to become a literary agent. He also talks about how the world of publishing is changing and what authors need to know if they want to go the traditional publishing route. He’s a self-published author too and spells out the pros and cons of getting your book out there via both the self-publishing and the traditional publishing routes. Read more »


Ever Thought of Buying a Business? Here’s How Kris Murray Bought a $10k Business and Grew it to $1 Mil+…

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November 18, 2014

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EPISODE 35: When Kris Murray wanted to escape 9-5, she did what most of us wouldn’t normally think of. Instead of starting a business from scratch, she invested part of her inheritance in buying one. The business she purchased – a website targeting daycares – generated $800 per month in revenue. Within 6 years, Kris turned that little business into a bustling $1 million+ information product and training company, Child Care Marketing Solutions. Read more »


How Benny Lewis Conquered Self-doubt and Built One of the Most Popular Language Learning Blogs on the Internet

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July 22, 2014

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EPISODE 28: Benny Lewis had a couple of mental blocks about a decade ago: he felt was bad at learning languages and wasn’t good enough to write a blog. It turned out he was wrong on both counts. With twelve years of world travel under his belt, Benny now speaks around 10 languages fluently, built a hugely popular blog and just published his first book too. Moral of the story? Never doubt yourself. Just start and learn as you go.   http://traffic.libsyn.com/radicaltribe/Benny_Lewis_Final_21-Jul-14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more »


DJ, Event Promoter and Trainer – How A Streetsmart Entrepreneur Changed With The Times – with Phil Morse

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July 22, 2013

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EPISODE 20: I invited Phil Morse to the show because he’s the co-founder of the legendary institution Tangled, Manchester, U.K.’s longest running club night (celebrating 20 years in September), featuring popular artists such as Groove Armada, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Way Out West, Plump DJs and many, many, more. I was curious to know how the DJ and nightclub business models worked, and how to get started in these businesses. There’s plenty of info about those models in this case study with Phil, but I observed a  bigger picture midway […] Read more »


Turning A Hobby Into A Business – with Peter Morgan of The DJ Podcast

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July 2, 2013

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EPISODE 18: I get lots of emails from people asking me about first steps, i.e. how to get their business off the ground. It can be nerve-racking, especially if you haven’t done it before. But it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is take one step. And another. And another. You won’t have all the answers on Day 1, but if you’re persistent, it’s very likely you’ll figure them out as you go along. That’s what Peter Morgan of The DJ Podcast is doing. He digs electronic music […] Read more »


How Do You Go From Corporate IT Consultant To Bestselling Thriller Novelist? – with Joanna Penn

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May 9, 2013

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EPISODE 16: Have you ever wanted to be a writer? Was that your answer all those years when someone asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s easy to dismiss wild thoughts such as, “I want to be a writer someday” and “I will be my own boss someday” and go about living the rest of your life in a 5×5 cubicle. Go back and read the last sentence again. It’s SO easy to dismiss wild, silly and ridiculous thoughts. Especially when there are bills to pay. […] Read more »


How a Risk-averse Engineer Escaped 9-to-5 and Ended Up in the Life of Her Dreams – with Farnoosh Brock

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April 2, 2013

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EPISODE 14: I hope you’re enjoying these case studies by now, because I surely am. Every week it feels like I learn something new and go one step closer to creating a life and career that is exciting, interesting and fulfilling. That’s what this is all about. I spoke to the founder of Prolific Living Farnoosh Brock last week, and boy was it an eye-opener or what? Here’s someone who was a corporate superstar, making serious moolah and living the good life. And then she gave it all up to start a […] 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 »


Small Town, Big Dreams: How Purna Duggirala Runs a $600,000/year Global Biz and Lives Life On His Own Terms

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March 12, 2013

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EPISODE 11: When Vizag, India-based Purna Duggirala’s twins were born, he decided he wanted to spend more time at home. His full-time corporate gig entailed too much travel, which he wasn’t fond of. So a few months later, he quit and decided to work full time on his blog/side gig, chandoo.org. From a mere $10,000/year in 2009, the business generated approximately $600,000 in 2012. In this case study, you will learn: From personal blog to side business to full time business – the Chandoo.org story: the ups, downs and everything in […] Read more »

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