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BPB vs. Side Hustles

December 09, 20233 min read

You don’t want and definitely don’t need a side hustle.

What you need is more money. Or maybe you just want control of your life and freedom from working for someone without a moral compass. 

The problem with the entire “side hustle” mentality is it’s all based on short-term thinking and making some extra money right now. And, many of the “opportunities” associated with side hustles that are not outright scams are flimsy business models that won’t stand the test of time.

What you want is a type of small business that I call a beautiful, profitable business (BPB). 

What is it?

A BPB is a strategically constructed business designed around your beautiful life rather than designing your life around your business. It is built to deliver profit to the owner and has a business model that can last and sustain you for years if that is what you want. It gives you the flexibility to choose your future and control your time.

Case in point—me in 2017. I was burned out. All of my relationships were strained, and I hated my business. It was like an anchor around my neck. I was doing six-figures+ in profit, and I was miserable.

It took me reaching a breaking point to finally decide to take 100% control of my life and rebuild my business around my life. There were things I wanted from my business that I wasn’t getting because of the way I had designed it. I no longer wanted to travel 80% of the time or commute to an office because I needed to manage employees. I also didn’t want to travel to meet with prospects or customers. 

So, I took what felt like, at the time, a giant risk. I closed my offices, sold my house, and moved 2,000+ miles back to Montana with my wife and two sons. I grew up in Montana, and my mother, brothers, and nephew still live here. It’s where I always wanted to live.

 I left behind the entire network I had spent years building, employees, and all of my clients.

It was terrifying. 

I built my entire business through face-to-face sales. I also visited my clients in person 2-3 times a year. It was something I did to build and maintain relationships over the years. And now both of those things were over. 

The first couple of years were very difficult. I lost customers and figuring out how to get new clients while living in a remote region was a real challenge. But little by little, I made the transition and developed a business model that fit the life I wanted to live.

Now, I still have a small office for convenience. It is less than a five-minute walk from my house, and it is co-located with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school I founded. I take my mom out for lunch all of the time, and if my kids have something going on, I go without worrying if I can spare the time.

Living where I want to live. Working on interesting work that I chose while still making a very good living is my ideal.

Now imagine how much easier it would have been if, from the start, I built my business around my family life. Everything would have been easier. It is embarrassing to think of all of the sacrifices I made for my business that were completely unnecessary.

That is why I hate side hustles. They lead to more problems than they solve and have unsustainable business models. The first step to creating a BPB is to sit down and write out what you want out of your business, personally and professionally. What are those things you will not give up for your business? What is its REAL purpose? 

Once you answer those questions, you can begin looking for the right opportunity. 

Until Next Week!

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BPB vs. Side Hustles

December 09, 20233 min read

You don’t want and definitely don’t need a side hustle.

What you need is more money. Or maybe you just want control of your life and freedom from working for someone without a moral compass. 

The problem with the entire “side hustle” mentality is it’s all based on short-term thinking and making some extra money right now. And, many of the “opportunities” associated with side hustles that are not outright scams are flimsy business models that won’t stand the test of time.

What you want is a type of small business that I call a beautiful, profitable business (BPB). 

What is it?

A BPB is a strategically constructed business designed around your beautiful life rather than designing your life around your business. It is built to deliver profit to the owner and has a business model that can last and sustain you for years if that is what you want. It gives you the flexibility to choose your future and control your time.

Case in point—me in 2017. I was burned out. All of my relationships were strained, and I hated my business. It was like an anchor around my neck. I was doing six-figures+ in profit, and I was miserable.

It took me reaching a breaking point to finally decide to take 100% control of my life and rebuild my business around my life. There were things I wanted from my business that I wasn’t getting because of the way I had designed it. I no longer wanted to travel 80% of the time or commute to an office because I needed to manage employees. I also didn’t want to travel to meet with prospects or customers. 

So, I took what felt like, at the time, a giant risk. I closed my offices, sold my house, and moved 2,000+ miles back to Montana with my wife and two sons. I grew up in Montana, and my mother, brothers, and nephew still live here. It’s where I always wanted to live.

 I left behind the entire network I had spent years building, employees, and all of my clients.

It was terrifying. 

I built my entire business through face-to-face sales. I also visited my clients in person 2-3 times a year. It was something I did to build and maintain relationships over the years. And now both of those things were over. 

The first couple of years were very difficult. I lost customers and figuring out how to get new clients while living in a remote region was a real challenge. But little by little, I made the transition and developed a business model that fit the life I wanted to live.

Now, I still have a small office for convenience. It is less than a five-minute walk from my house, and it is co-located with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school I founded. I take my mom out for lunch all of the time, and if my kids have something going on, I go without worrying if I can spare the time.

Living where I want to live. Working on interesting work that I chose while still making a very good living is my ideal.

Now imagine how much easier it would have been if, from the start, I built my business around my family life. Everything would have been easier. It is embarrassing to think of all of the sacrifices I made for my business that were completely unnecessary.

That is why I hate side hustles. They lead to more problems than they solve and have unsustainable business models. The first step to creating a BPB is to sit down and write out what you want out of your business, personally and professionally. What are those things you will not give up for your business? What is its REAL purpose? 

Once you answer those questions, you can begin looking for the right opportunity. 

Until Next Week!

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