Hey there – I’m Mike… and my goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs make an income online so they can quit their full time 9-5 jobs, travel, and have more freedom in their lives.
After graduating college and entering the workforce, I quickly woke up to the fact that I couldn’t spend the rest of my life in the corporate world.
I’ve spent the last 3 years trying to escape the 9-5 lifestyle, but with bills to pay, and student loans piling up, this wasn’t an easy task. After countless late nights and early mornings, I was finally able to break free.
I want to inspire others to do the same, and if you’ve already started on this journey, I want to help you take the next steps.
Life is short. I want to live mine to the fullest. If you’re on that same vibe, you’re in the right place.
But first, I’m sure you want to hear more about my story and how I got to where I am today.
I grew up in a middle class neighborhood outside of Philadelphia. I’m the oldest of 4, and a son of two incredible parents. My dad had the entrepreneur bug too when I was younger, so we moved around quite a bit. Looking back at this, it’s probably where a lot of my entrepreneurial seeds stem from.
Like most of us, I was encouraged to get good grades in school and take as many honors classes as possible so I’d be accepted into a top college. Then from there, I could get into some good internships and ultimately land the big first job which would set me up on the path to success.
This is what every parent would want for their child.
Because that’s just kind of what you’re supposed to do… right?
I played lacrosse growing up, and ultimately went on to play Division 3 lacrosse in college. I was definitely the party type, but always found a way to have a healthy balance with academics.
I graduated with pretty strong grades as a Math major, Economics minor, and I shortly thereafter accepted a job in New York City, working as a data analyst for a consulting firm.
Welp… I guess I made it
I was finally here. This was everything that I had been working for my whole life. All of the years of working to get good grades, the honors classes, late night study sessions… all for this moment – landing the big job.
In most people’s eyes, I had made it.
Just a few years out of school and I had the 6-figure job in NYC, the nice apartment, a bright future…
But there was this piece of me that hated it.
It’s not that I wasn’t grateful for all of the opportunities and blessings in my life…
It was just this feeling… everything felt so scripted.
Like I was just going down the path that was outlined for me. Just doing what society expected from me. Just existing.
I was staying along the path, making sure the wheels didn’t fall off… And I was actually pretty damn good at it.
I never had a big AHA wake-up moment… It was more of a gradual realization that if I just continued what I was doing, I would eventually work my tway up the corporate ladder and become an analytics director, or a data science manager… something along those lines.
And deep down, I knew that’s not what I wanted.
I couldn’t sit at a desk, working for someone else for 50 hours a week for the next 40 years of my life.
I always had this longing for freedom. The ability to just do whatever I wanted to do, and not have to go to an office every day, worrying about some meaningless numbers in a spreadsheet.
My Escape Plan
It was probably only a few months into working full time that I realized I didn’t want to be an employee forever.
My problem was that I had no f’ing idea how I was supposed to replace my income.
I had student loans and rent to pay.
So what seemed like the logical next step for me:
I got on my side-hustle game.
The Side-Hustle Era
I could write a full book on all of the different side hustles and crazy ideas that I worked on. I’m sure I’ll cover these in another post, so I won’t go into too much detail here. But the big takeaway from these is that:
Idea after idea, business model after business model… for years.
Up to this point in my life, I hadn’t really struggled like this before. I was always good at school, got good grades, was athletically gifted, made friends pretty easily…
But online business… that was a different story.
Combine that with a NYC job that had demanding hours.
I stayed up countless late nights, working on these side projects, but it always seemed like I was getting nowhere… just going in circles.
But no matter how many attempts I gave it, no matter how many times I failed, I was determined to create my own income.
I started going out less on the weekends, and focusing more on building an online business.
This was pretty tough initially. It’s hard to tell your friends, “Hey, I’m gonna stay in tonight actually… I have this facebook ads webinar that I want to watch…”
Those conversations usually don’t go over so well.
Putting the Pieces Together
After a few years of this struggle to figure things out, I finally started putting the pieces together. I was beginning to see some success.
It was about 3 years into my online business journey that I started to see my first profitable months. The first $1k, $2k, $5k months started happening. I was finally taking steps towards being able to support myself financially.
This process required a tremendous amount of personal transformation and a willingness to step into the unknown, and outside of my comfort zone. That’s where true growth lies.
My goal with this site is to share how I was able to make this transformation… How I was finally able to go from a 9-5 employee, to an online entrepreneur.
One of the most important things I did was begin to surround myself (even if it was only virtually at times) with people who were on the same journey, had similar goals and aspirations, or even accomplished the things that I was looking to do.
If your goals are aligned with mine and you’re looking for more freedom in life, I highly encourage you to subscribe to my email list.
I share more detailed experiences from my journey and aim to give the most valuable information so you can achieve your goals.
If you’re just getting started in the online business world, I want to inspire you to continue along this path.
And if you made it the whole way down here, I just want to say, thanks for reading. I appreciate you taking the time to learn a bit more about my story.
Enjoy the journey my friend,