In 2011, when I started Milk the Pigeon, I only knew two things about my life:
- I wanted an unconventional one, and I wanted to be that rare person that did everything he wanted in life
- I wanted to figure out how to earn money while I lived that unconventional life
It wasn’t until about 2014 that I realized that entrepreneurship was the best way for me to live that unconventional life. I didn’ t know what the word meant, or even how you “became” one, but I was determined to find a way.
Starting a Side Business: What the Side Hustle Income Project is
With the side hustle income project, I’m going to start monthly documenting where my “side” income (which is now my full-time income) is coming from.
A lot of people divulge their full income in their income reports, which I don’t intend to do, but I will show what % it made up of my previous day job income.
Also, the fact that for some people, $2,000 a month is enough to live, and for others, $7,000+ a month is what they need to live, should show that the number varies wildly.
The point is a few things:
A. to remind you it’s possible
B. to give you ideas and show you what’s working for me
C. to encourage you to start
D. to encourage you to start
E. to encourage you to start
The Only Thing I Knew To be True
All the way back in 2011, I knew I wanted this, which was not about beaches, and not working, but symbolized freedom:
To me, it meant that I could do what I wanted, when I wanted.
I could travel now, not when I was 65, impotent and my knees ached.
I could have all the experiences in life I wanted to have.
And I could, most of all, life the kind of life that I wanted.
For some people, that’s beaches and cars. For me, it took me until 28 or 29 to realize my biggest dream: I wanted to go to school to be a doctor of Chinese medicine. It was the only thing that had helped the decades-long digestive problems I had, but like everything, whether or not it was financially viable was a question.
Everyone around me told me, “Natural medicine… is there money in that?”
And I fucking hated that this was their very first question.
But later, when my side hustle became my full-time income, the risk of financial failure was gone. So I went after my dream.
The point isn’t to build a million dollar business, the point is really to ask yourself one question:
If I built a tiny, online, side business, what would I do now that I have the freedom to do what I want?
THAT is the question you should be pondering every-fucking-day of your existence.
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