What’s this blog all about?
It’s about helping you diversify your income streams by making money on the web.
I know this is possible because I’ve made money online myself.
I have also witnessed entrepreneurs like Neil Patel, Brian Dean, Tim Ferriss, and Pat Flynn build massively profitable businesses with nothing more than an internet connection.
I may never help you achieve this level of success, but I sincerely believe I can help you earn some money online.
Maybe this extra cash helps you retire earlier.
Or maybe it enables you to enjoy life more.
Or maybe making cash on the web simply gives you greater confidence or peace of mind.
Regardless, I look forward to helping you achieve monetary success on the web by documenting my own blog journey from zero revenue to significant profit (at least, that’s the goal).
I promise to be completely transparent with my journey so you can see everything I’m doing, duplicate my successes, and avoid my failures.
Thanks for checking out my corner of the internet!
Hi, my name is Harrison Alley, and my dream is to build a passive income lifestyle that allows me to prioritize relationships above business, pay off my student debt, and provide abundantly for my family.
But first, let me give you some background on who I am and why this is my goal.
The neighborhood in which I grew up is currently ranked the 22nd wealthiest in the US based on median household income.
This is where I spent my formative years, with four siblings and a single mom who never made more than $60,000 a year.
Sound like a paradox?
You see, my parents got divorced when I was born.
Before I came into the picture, our family was part of a wealthy elite.
After they split, my mom didn’t receive any child support or financial help whatsoever.
So we moved out of our mansion into a rent house in the same expensive neighborhood where the landlord heard our story and gave us a deal on rent out of the kindness of his heart.
My mom has lived there ever since.
Thanks to scholarships and anonymous donors, I was able to attend private schools from elementary to high school. Once it came time to go to college, I did what many of my friends with wealthy parents did and attended the highest ranked school that accepted me, regardless of price.
That school was the University of Southern California.
Despite a significant two-thirds needs-based scholarship, I still had to take out $80,000 in loans, which ballooned to $90,000 by the time of my graduation.
I didn’t go into all this debt to obtain a degree with high earning potential like Engineering or Computer Science.
I graduated with a degree in French and a minor in Business Administration.
You might be wondering why on earth I would do such a thing.
For starters, I was an immature kid who didn’t foresee the consequence of my actions.
For some reason, I didn’t make the connection that when my friends went to school, their parents paid for them, but when I went to school, I would be stuck with an enormous bill.
But like the man who wins the lottery, I feel I made a poor investment decision that nevertheless paid off big time.
For instance, I met my wife, my best friends, and a business partner at college. I also had some life-changing experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
That said, my college degree’s lack of practical application and clear career path made my job pursuit an interesting one.
During my senior year of college, I sent out 100+ custom resumes for various positions across the business and marketing spectrum.
I actually landed an interview for a position at DropBox but didn’t make it to subsequent interview rounds.
After graduating, I moved into my mom’s rent house back home to save money.
When I heard nothing from nearly all the companies to which I applied, I decided to ditch the conventional method of sending a resume and hoping for a response.
Instead, I found a local company I wanted to work for and sent one of their founders an email explaining how I thought I could help them.
This landed me an interview and ultimately a part-time social media manager position with Foot Cardigan, a sock subscription start-up.
At about that same time, I reconnected with a neighbor of mine looking for someone to manage the social media for his non-profit.
The position at Foot Cardigan didn’t work out.
They knew I was trying to transition into full-time employment, but they couldn’t afford to pay someone a full-time salary for such a small position (understandably so).
The good news is that I had built my neighbor a new website for his non-profit and had expanded my role beyond managing social media.
Thanks to these efforts, he was willing to take a chance on me and take me on as a full-time employee.
After about a year working for this non-profit, I received a call from an old boss of mine offering me a job at the hedge fund where I interned.
You see, before I left for college, I got a list of business contacts from my good friend’s dad.
In the summer of my freshman year, I regularly called one of these contacts and bugged him twice a week until he agreed to give me an internship for the summer.
During this internship I tried to do my work well and became good friends with other people in the office. My boss was impressed with my work and most importantly, got along well with me. In fact, he too came from humble roots and felt compelled to help me any way he could.
So when the time came for them to hire someone to help with a small real-estate fund they had started, my former boss gave me a call and offered me the position.
If you’re like most people, you probably think “big money” when you think hedge fund.
The reality is that I don’t make big money.
In fact, according to my search on the web, my salary is significantly lower than the average financial analyst’s my same age.
So the burden of my debt still weighs heavily on me.
Thankfully, I married a wonderful girl who has happily taken on the burden of my debt as well, and we are trying to pay a significant portion of both our salaries towards my loans.
But like I said, paying off my student loans is only part of the reason I want to build a passive income empire.
I’m so passionate about achieving this dream because I would like to create a business that enables me to prioritize relationships in my life over business and career.
Pat Flynn, the creator of smartpassiveincome.com, has encouraged me in this goal.
He’s an excellent example of a family man who has created a passive income business with unlimited earning potential.
I’m also passionate about passive income because I’d love to use supplemental earnings to help my mom retire.
She sacrificed her ability to save for retirement so that she could raise me and my brothers and sisters.
Wouldn’t it be incredible if I could go to her someday soon and tell her that she didn’t need to work anymore or that I could help fund her retirement?
Since reading “The Four Hour Work Week”* at age 21, I’ve thought a lot about ways to make my living online.
I’ve launched a few businesses, most of which have failed.
Now I’m wholly committed to chronicling my journey, failures, and successes on this blog and in e-books like this one.
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