I feel like one of the luckiest guys on the planet. At 36 years of age I was able to quit my corporate job to manage my wife’s blog. It didn’t happen overnight, but life is in hyper-drive now. Breaking out of the constraints of the daily grind has given me so much freedom and accelerated personal growth beyond my expectations. I’ll give you the back story below, but let me start with what this site is all about.
What You’ll Find Here
My goal is to create the website and training materials I wish I would have had to guide me through monetizing a blog and building a small business. I’ve scoured the internet and listened to podcasts and bought the occasional eBook here and there, but honestly I got pretty frustrated because oftentimes I just could not find the answers to my questions. So I’d experiment myself and figure stuff out. I’d like to share the results of my experience to make your journey easier and more profitable, as well as to build a community where we can all learn from each other in this rapidly evolving space.
Back in May of 2010, my wife started a blog about cutting out processed food. I was supportive but busy with my own job (technical sales), so offered minimal assistance, mainly serving as her editor. As time went on she started to get some traction, and I helped more and more after hours. By January of 2012 she was starting to get decent traffic (and earning a little money) on the blog, but she was overwhelmed and asked for help. I was tasked to monetize the blog, but had no clue what I was doing.
Just two months later I was introduced (figuratively) to Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. When I saw Pat was earning $50k+ per month online I was floored and inspired, and a ginormous fire was lit under my ass. I proceeded to get to work on making the site earn money, and started putting my paychecks from my corporate job into a savings account. After living off of blog income for just 7 months, I turned in my notice. 8/1/12 was my first day of freedom, and it was incredible.
About Jason Leake
I’m a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to professional experience, skills, and responsibilities over at 100 Days of Real Food. I have a mechanical engineering degree and have worked as a product engineer, application engineer, real estate sales agent and investor, and sales executive. My primary hats at 100 Days of Real Food include
- Operations manager
- Ad network manager
- Chief editor
but in all honestly I touch everything from recipe testing to reviewing legal documents to proofing Lisa’s Facebook posts.
Outside of work, I’m a very involved husband and father to two daughters, aged 7 and 9. I love adventure, mountain biking, camping/backpacking, live music, international and domestic travel, home improvement projects, truthful people, and of course real food. I also enjoy rock climbing, running, and meditation (but am a novice at these). One day I hope to get back into whitewater kayaking and pick up the guitar.