Sean Ogle is a great example of someone who has reinvented himself with his own online business. After following the normal path and getting a job in finance he had what he calls a “quarter life crisis” where he decided to completely change his path. He took off to Bali where he started his own blog and internet business. Surprisingly within a few months he had a sustainable income from his business that he could take with him anywhere. Since then he has been concentrating on accomplishing all of the things on his bucket list while traveling the world.
About Sean Ogle
Sean Ogle is the Head Rebel at Location Rebel and his purpose is to help you build a small business that gives you the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.
Sean used to sit at a desk crunching numbers as a financial analyst. He thought having that desk, with his sweet views of the city and the prestige that went along with the title were exactly what he wanted in life. But a few years in, he quickly realized…it wasn’t.
Now, Sean enjoys his days as a lifestyle entrepreneur while traveling and sharing his proven three step process for crafting a lifestyle business.
Can you tell us a little bit more about what Location Rebel is all about and who this might be best suited for?
A couple years ago I noticed there really wasn’t a good community for people looking to build a location independent business. I created Location Rebel with the idea that I wanted a premium offering, where if someone was willing to invest in themselves and work hard – there would be no reason why they wouldn’t be able to build a successful business.
Now nearly 3 years later we have over 600 members, and a large chunk of them have left their jobs and are doing things on their own terms.
One of the biggest surprises about it is just how diverse the group of people we have is. It’s everything from 20 year old college students who don’t want to go into the corporate world, to 45 year old single moms, and 63 year old retirees. Anyone can build this type of business, if the desire to do it is there.
What has been your greatest success (or successes) so far?
To be honest, my greatest success is the fact that I’ve built a business that allows me to do what I want, when I want. I still have to pinch myself on a regular basis.
There are the more superficial successes like building a 6-figure business, or a big email list. But frankly, it’s the fact I’ve built something that has helped both myself and hundreds of other people achieve a life that they’re actually excited about, that I think is the most important.
This one’s a little off-topic, but – what’s your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to, and why?
Dude, that’s such a hard question! I like so many places for different reasons. So I’ll give you a few:
- Buzios, Brazil. A resort town a few hours from Rio. One of the most diverse set of beaches in the world, and a must visit if you’re in Brazil.
- Railay Beach, Thailand – Extremely secluded, exotic, and some of the best rock climbing in the world.
- Sunriver, Oregon – This is a place I grew up going to as a kid, and I’m there at least 3-4 times a year now. I haven’t found a place in the world that compares to the high desert landscape and has such a huge variety of outdoor activities.
I know you offer consulting for people who want to achieve something related to what you’ve achieved: a location-independent business, overcoming the fear and uncertainty of a big change, etc. Can you give us a detailed example of a problem someone came to you with, and how you helped them (or what action plan was put into place)?
Everyone is different, but they usually have variations on the same problem: They aren’t happy doing what they’re doing and want to change.
The most successful people I work with have without fail, all followed my 3 step process:
1) Build relevant skills – WordPress, SEO, Copywriting, Social media. Start a blog and get familiar with all of these things.
2) Freelance one of these skills – This builds income and confidence. Once you have those two things, it gets much easier to start a business that’s a bit sexier like e-commerce, apps, info products, etc.
3) Apply to your own projects: Most people start with this, and that’s why the fail – they don’t have the proper groundwork laid out to be successful.
Tristan King did this, and within a year he was traveling through South America with his wife and doing 5 figures a month as a Shopify Developer.
Stephanie Halligan paid off $30k in student loans, quit her job, and won best new blog at “FinCon” the biggest personal finance blogger conference.
Blair Robinson made $4k in his very first month of working in Location Rebel. Inside of a year, he’d left his job, started multiple other businesses, and was making more money than he was at his technical day job.
So it all depends, but they each started with the basics, did some freelancing, and then scaled from there.
For someone who currently works a 9-to-5 job that they hate and wants to find a way to escape and start their own business (but doesn’t know where to begin), what are some initial action steps that you would recommend?
1. Buy a domain
2. Get hosting
3. Install WordPress
4. Start writing
Doesn’t matter if you have no idea what to write about, just do it. This is what I did with Location Rebel. Not only is it important to learn WordPress and improve your writing skills, but it gives a way to connect with others online – finding a group of likeminded people is huge.
Even though you’re working on your own, you’ll be facing an uphill battle if you don’t have a few people to turn to for support.
Let’s take a step back and look more generally at becoming an entrepreneur. If you had to take your best advice and put it into one sentence or phrase, what would that be?
I wrote this in a blog post years ago, and it still holds true today:
Super cheesy, but also true.
Start something NOW. If you have no clue how to start, do exactly what I instructed in the previous question
What are your favorite online resources?
There’s so much great stuff out there. Here are a few things I personally use and love:
- Sanebox – For email management
- Focus at Will – For instrumental music that’s great to work to
- Visual Website Optimizer – For testing anything and everything
Finally, where can people find you online?
To get started the best place to find me is at Location Rebel.
If you’re serious about building a business that lets you work from anywhere on your own terms, then Location Rebel may be a good fit.
What do you think of Sean’s story, or of becoming “location independent” in general? Leave a comment below and let us know.