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How to Quit Your Job and Create a Business That Supports the Lifestyle You Actually Want to Live, with James Schramko

How to Quit Your Job and Create a Business That Supports the Lifestyle You Actually Want to Live, with James Schramko

Update: 2018-05-2830


Although I am an entrepreneur and I do some business coaching, I didn’t want this podcast to be about giving you tons of business advice. If you know my story, which I share more of in Episode 1, then you know how I’m a big proponent of prioritizing your personal growth and happiness first and that money and status will never be enough. So you know that when I bring an entrepreneur on the show, he or she is a big deal to me. Today’s guest, James Schramko, is that kind of person.

James is an online business coach who’s helped over 2,000 of his students create and maintain 6, 7 and 8-figure businesses and before running his own company, he gave up a multiple 6-figure income to strike out on his own. James is all about creating a business that supports the lifestyle that he wants to live, instead of working himself into the ground to make more money. He’s found ways to automate his income and create recurring income streams so that he now has more time to do whatever he wants.

In this episode James shares how he exited his corporate career and the way he was able to build his business while working a full-time job (while having a family of several kids)! He’s literally been able to build a company around the mentality, “Work Less, Make More.” If finding balance is important to you, then you’ll want to listen to this conversation with James Schramko.

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How to Quit Your Job and Create a Business That Supports the Lifestyle You Actually Want to Live, with James Schramko

How to Quit Your Job and Create a Business That Supports the Lifestyle You Actually Want to Live, with James Schramko