Let me introduce you to my friend Louise.
She’s a digital nomad and serial entrepreneur who, for the last five years, has built a passive income of five figures a month. She also travels around the world with her husband.
Last year, I spoke to her for my podcast. I wanted to know how she makes Udemy courses, the lessons she’s learned, and how long it’s taken her to get to this point.
I’ve published 53 articles since September 2020. They’ve received over 50,000 views and have made more than $1,500.
As someone who writes as a hobby, this blows my mind!
However, I want to take my writing to the next level. This is why I attended Google University.
Google University is a phrase Tom Kuegler coins in Design Your Dream Life. His belief is this: If you want to learn a new skill, Google can teach you how. The same goes for writing.
With this in mind, I opened my laptop, jumped online, and searched “how to become a full-time writer”…
I recently released my first Udemy course. This was possible because of the time I’ve saved not having to do podcast-related tasks.
After seven months of working with a VA, I couldn’t wish for a better system. My assistant edits audio, sends emails, schedules episodes, writes content — you name it — and saves me over ten hours a week.
No stress, no crazy expense, and I spend less than one hour a week communicating with her.
Here are seven tools that have made this working relationship a dream.
This Monday morning meeting over Zoom takes less than 15 minutes…
There may come a time when I’m the perfect gent. You know, hold doors open, pay for everything, and be godlike in bed. Until then, I’ll feel like a failure.
I’ve had one serious girlfriend. We lasted three months. Other than that, my romantic experiences have all been disasters. I’d go as far as suggesting I’m the world’s worst dater.
It’s not something I’m proud of, and I don’t want to parade this title. I just want to show that mistakes are part of the dating process; that you shouldn’t be ashamed. You won’t be a sex icon out the…
In September of 2018, I questioned everything.
I’d just graduated with an economics degree and was working as a prison officer. I hated every second.
After quitting, I started a business (which failed), cleaned toilets for 3 months, was rejected by companies in London, and then stumbled into SEO. This is the industry I’ve been working in for the last two years.
Now don't get me wrong — I enjoy my work and the people I work with. The problem is, I’m bored, and I feel like I’m drifting.
Luckily, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing many talented entrepreneurs to…
On January 11th, I published my most successful article — How to Make $17,000 a Month Passive Income from Udemy Courses. It’s made $1,105.88 from 37K views, with an average read time of three minutes.
It takes the advice of one of my podcast guests, Louise Croft. She’s a course creator with over 40 Udemy courses who’s been on the platform since 2014. What she doesn’t know about Udemy isn’t worth knowing. Best of all? The first draft took me two hours to write.
The podcast guest was a fitness instructor. She shared struggles of being bullied, emigrating to another country, and succeeding in business. She also made reference to not being happy.
The interviewer dug deeper. She replied she doesn’t spend much time at home, and she constantly feels overworked. Happiness wasn’t a priority right now.
Fair enough. Work hard and sacrifice happiness for later.
It was an empowering story so I checked out her Instagram. What I found were positive quotes, pictures of dogs, and flowery sh*t. There were also reels telling people how to be happy.
This irked me.
An article inspired by Planet Money
If you walked up to somebody a hundred years ago and asked “how’s the economy”, they’d have no idea what you’re talking about.
Sure, people asked about the ships coming into Seattle or how the harvests were doing, but this thing called “the economy”?
It didn’t exist.
Today, not only do we talk about the economy, we talk about it in numbers. Without thinking, we can say things like the US economy grew by 1.9%.
How did this happen?
According to Zachary Zarabell, author of Leading Indicators, it’s because of the Great Depression.
I laugh at how easy my life has become. I’m sitting on my bed during lunch, typing away at this story.
It hasn’t always been like this. After graduating, I worked in a prison and quickly realised I was out of my depth. I quit after four months to start a business, failed that, and ended up cleaning toilets as a temporary worker.
A typical cleaning day looked like this. I’d wake up at 3:30 am, pick up my supervisor, and get to work before five. We’d then locate equipment, dash around the building and get our jobs done.
Michael dropped out of school and partied at weekends. When at work, he nursed his hangovers.
Three years later, he’s turned things around and runs a successful web agency with clients all over the world. He’s soon to be getting married to his wonderful partner, Chloe.
He credits this U-turn to a few, simple changes. He unfollowed Instagram accounts that promoted rave parties and committed to reading two books a month.
It’s the people he doesn’t spend time with that’s perhaps most telling.
“I’ve let a lot of people go — people with whom I used to go drinking. And…