I’m thrilled you bumped into my chunk of the Internet! I’m a dad in my early 40’s living in Baltimore, Maryland. On September 4th, 2015 I declared independence. No longer was I going to work for someone or some company.
Ever since I was a little kid I knew I wanted to “do my own thing”. I wanted to own my own business. I wanted to write the story of my life the way I wanted. Well, like many of us out there, society wrote my script. Or, I should say, I let society write it.
You know the script. Get good grades. Go to college. Get an entry level job. Do as you’re told. Work hard. Get promoted. Get married. Buy the house. Buy the car. Max out the credit cards. Get promoted. Buy a bigger house. Buy a bigger car.
You know this script. Don’t you?
Don’t get me wrong. I had some great jobs that paid well, had wonderful benefits and a 401k to boot! I’m thankful for the opportunities I had. I learned a tremendous amount from all of my experiences. But, in the end, I wasn’t happy working the 9-5.
I wanted to be a solopreneur.
I bought so many ‘make money online’ courses and books it was ridiculous. I likely spent close to $1,000 trying to figure out how to make enough money per month for me to quit my job. But, nothing seemed to work.
I remember reading an article about how people were making extra money using Fiverr.com. I explored the site and saw people doing some very crazy and weird things. For $5 you could get a guy to dress up like a hotdog and sing happy birthday. You could also get a creepy looking guy to say some very creepy things for $5.
I’ll admit that I was a little turned off by what I saw. However, as I explored further, I noticed many sellers were offering professional business services like voice-overs, video production, copywriting, logo design, and translation services to name a few.
I didn’t want to dance around in a hot dog costume so I decided to use my talent of giving great presentations and became a video spokesperson. Orders started to slowly come in. I was actually making money online! The first time Fiverr transferred money to my PayPal account I was incredibly excited. Momentum picked up. Sales grew. I became a Level 2 seller. And eventually, I became a prestigious Top-Rated Seller.
From January 2012 to September 2015 I worked both a full-time job and part-time on Fiverr. In June of 2015 I decided to give notice and on September 4, 2015 I left my full-time 9-5 and declared my independence.
Ever since college, I’ve been editing video. I went to Loyola University in Maryland and was hired to create the senior class video for five straight years. I was hired for odd jobs editing a variety of videos for many different businesses.
In almost all of my 9-5s, I suggested we use video as a way to market our goods and services, explain concepts to customers, and even to educate employees. I realized that video was a powerful means of communication. That’s one reason I decided to be a video spokesperson on Fiverr. One, I was experienced speaking on video and I had a knack for giving great presentations. Second, I realized that offering a video gig would be of tremendous value to my customers. And third, I saw incredible demand for a variety of reason (which I won’t get into now).
I also started doing a lot of video marketing consultation on Fiverr. I’ve created thousands of videos and likely have consulted for hundred of clients around the globe. My clients started to see results using video. Whether it was to increase email subscribers, draw more customers to a brick and mortar store, or to promote products and services, video worked. Combing video, marketing, and the social media created a powerful way to reach business goals.
I want my site to be the starting point and launching point of my brand. Here I want to evangelize Fiverr and help others launch a successful Fiverr business. I want to help businesses of all sizes use video in a way that builds their business without breaking the bank or getting too complicated. I want to inspire others who want the freedom I so yearned for, to do the same; to escape their cubicle and live the solopreneur life.
And honestly, I want a place to just write. I’ll likely create a “ramblings” section of the blog to talk about stuff I love; like superheroes (the comic book kind), leadership, movies, books, personal development and who knows what else. For example, I was thinking of writing a series of articles on living the Superman life. How can you, as a mere mortal, improve your life by being your own version of the “Man of Steel”. Pretty cool, huh?
Well, are you ready to join me? Connect with me by completing the ‘Contact’ form, liking my Facebook page, calling me at 410-343-0194 (sure, give me a call! Leave a message if I don’t pick up and I’ll get back to you), follow me on Twitter, or visit my YouTube channel. Sorry, I’m not using Instagram, Snapchat, or any of the other social media outlets just yet.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you much success!