In Late 2011, I realized that if I stayed at my dead end restaurant job one more day, I was probably going to hang myself from the charming, antique oak rafters of the God-forsaken steakhouse.
Not to be grim — but that's simply how I felt.
All viable options at one point...
I wasn't in any serious danger of hurting myself (you don't need to email me...really). But I was EXTREMELY fed up.
I was so TIRED with being limited to a meager paycheck when everything I wanted to do with my life required two things I didn't have:
Now remember, this was 2011 and I'd just seen The Social Network. I was pretty juiced up, imagining that if I just had "the perfect idea"...or could somehow re-do everything and go to Harvard...I could be the next Zuckerberg and finally create something I loved that actually made money.
So I did a lot of meditating. And deep thinking. And agonizing. I was looking for that million-dollar idea. I prayed to a few different gods.
I even went to a psychic to help pull it out of me.
(Serious. Like...not a joke. I was looking for a screenshot of the receipt to show you, but my bank account won't go back that far.)
3 months later, I was still at the restaurant begrudgingly scooping butter balls into plastic ramekins for pre-diabetics who shouldn't have been eating that food anyway...when it hit me....
"I don't need to come up with a new idea. I can just do something I'm ALREADY good at."
It sounds like a shallow, obvious realization...but at the time, it was like it was like Harry Potter walked into my brain and turned the mother f***ing switch on.
If you don't get the reference, you're lamer than I am for making it
Fast forward to one year later and I'd started not one...but TWO profitable freelance businesses — a college admissions prep firm (offline) and a web design company (online).
Each generated THOUSANDS of dollars every month, while allowing me the freedom to schedule my life how I wanted. The restaurant was a distant memory.
Make Your First $1,000 Freelancing will teach you how to come up with a profitable idea, find high-paying clients and make steady, predictable income — even if you've never started a business before. You can use the in-depth strategies in this course to stack up money on the side...or even quit your job.
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Daniel DiPiazza is the Founder/CEO of Rich20Something, where he teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to become self-employed, create wealth and live better lives by launching their online start-ups. His blog Rich20Something is a firsthand account of what he's tried — including outrageous failures. He's been featured in several publications such as Time, Huffington post, and Entrepreneur.