We all desire a sense of freedom and security. We all desire to create. No matter how lucrative your day job is, you likely feel some anxiety. What have you built? What is your legacy? What will sustain your family if you get laid off from your day job?
I started this site in April 2020 when the world was locking down. On top of that, my contract had just gotten renewed for one month instead of one year (a bad sign). This site was meant to be my online code portfolio if I needed to start interviewing for jobs.
After I published articles for several months, I noticed the technical articles were getting far more traffic than the “dev side hustle” articles. I realized I should analyze Google search traffic patterns and let the data guide my posts. Seeing search traffic to my programming blog made this project a whole lot of fun.
I woke up the first morning of my first post-college job, put on my suit for orientation, and paused for a minute. I realized this was the first day of a routine that last 40 years. That’s about 10,000 working days. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was my first hint that I needed something more than just a day job.
I found Mr. Money Mustache in January 2014, not long after having my first child. Both of these events kicked my life into a different path of ambition to provide for my family with both time and money. I am grateful to Mr. Money Mustache for introducing me to the idea of financial independence and the opportunity for a different path in life.
Building a business has helped me grow as a developer. I also feel more satisfied with each day. I highly recommend starting a programming blog as the foundation of your business. The only thing it will cost you is time (hosting is $5/month).
I still have a day job, and my career has been a blessing. But the satisfaction of creation and the independence of my website income bring me a sense of security and purpose that I cherish deeply.
Find me on LinkedIn here or message me through my Contact page. I earned my Master of Information Systems from Baylor University in 2012.
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