Why You Need to Question How You Make Money

Why You Need to Question How You Make Money

Massive changes are happening right now with how people make money. When people needed to make more money, they used to think:

“I need to get another job” or “I need to get a better job.”

But now, all of that is changing. And it can change for you. BUT, you need to rethink the way you personally make money.

A few things we’ll cover in this article include:

  • If don’t love with your job or your financial situation, a lifestyle business might be the perfect solution for you
  • What does success really look like for you?
  • Why your revenue-per-hour is your most powerful metric when it comes to your personal income
  • Everyday people all over are now making a great income with their own lifestyle businesses – maybe it’s your turn…


What follows is an email conversation I had with a new friend I met at MJ DeMarco’s Fastlane business summit that I spoke at a little while back. I’ve edited it down to the essentials and the ‘…’ represents a bit of time between emails.

We’ll call him “K.”

Check it out:

K: Hi Sean – Great talk! It’s very inspiring when you hear someone with a similar backstory. I make a pretty decent living here in LA just hate being stuck to LA. Hopefully, we can incorporate some of our successes to into your lifestyle model.

ME: Wow, yeah with your experience, there’s for sure something that will translate to being a bit more free. I’d be happy to brainstorm with you.

K: Yo Sean! Just checking in with you. We’re heading to Hawaii next week. I’m looking forward to some diving, golfing and relaxing!!  I can’t believe how different things have been since the Summit. I’ve started getting my sales going on Amazon, my marketing site is almost done….oh, and I hate my day job 😉

ME: You hate your day job?  🙂 Careful man! They’ll be able to smell it on you! You’ve got to act like a perfectly functioning drone until you decide to break from them instead of vice versa.

K: Oh, the writing has been on the wall for a while. We both know it’s just a matter of time.  I’m at an executive level so I know the owners well but neither of us are ready to pull the trigger… but you never know, we leave Monday for Hawaii and I might get back to a white box on my desk 😉

ME: Have fun in Hawaii!

K: Guess what happened?! Came back from vaca to a severance package, 3 months insurance.

ME: Dude no freaking way!!! I can’t believe that! Well, yes I can. Man, I don’t miss that world. So, sorry but I guess congrats too!

K: You were so right, they smelled it on me and I knew it was coming! Ultimately it’s a blessing so yea, thanks for the congrats 🙂


Think that K is a unique case? Not at all!

Not too long ago, I met a cool guy named Anthony. He’s about my same age and station in life. He’s married with a couple of kids and when I met him, had a job with a law firm doing all of their online marketing.

After we got to talking, I told him my entire story and how if he’s already doing online marketing for a law firm, there’s no reason why he couldn’t start his own digital marketing agency and get a bunch of clients. He could then get a team in place, free himself up, and do whatever he wanted.

He told me later that he couldn’t sleep that night. He kept thinking about our conversation and just knew he could make it happen. He figured if a normal guy like me could do it, he for sure could do it.

Long story short, he put together his website in less than a day, got his first paying client a few days later, and put everything in place to leave his job as soon as possible.

We were on the phone one day and I said:

“Be careful man! Once you get this in your system, it’s like poison. It will take a hold of you and won’t let go until you’re a free man. Watch yourself at your job. They’ll smell it on you!”

He said he wasn’t worried.

Then about two days later he texted me saying he’d been let go of his job because they couldn’t afford him any longer and that it was go time. I couldn’t believe it!

Well, actually I could.

When I called him I apologized for jinxing him but congratulated him on his first step toward freedom.

Ever since then, Anthony’s been hustling like a madman and is already getting more clients. He’s just beginning his journey. For me, it’s so cool to watch because I know what awaits him.

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from

How about another one?

Not too long ago, my cousin called me out of the blue and told me he wants to start his own lifestyle business. He works for his family business but puts in way too many hours. He told me that he literally works 18-hour days, travels all around the western U.S., and lives out of tiny motels. I could hear the exhaustion in his voice.

After talking for about 2 hours, I finally just asked him, “Dude, what do you deep down really want?”

He paused for a moment and then said, “I just want to be happy. I want to be free. I want a lot of time for my family.”

“I just want to be happy. I want to be free.

I want a lot of time for my family.”


I’ve got even more of these stories!

Ever since I dove into this world, I’ve met people from all over who want more – more money, more freedom, more time with family, more happiness.

It’s happening all over.

If you’ve ever been laid-off or are just plain tired of your current work or financial situation, this website is your solution.

I know that’s bold.

But I’ve also got the experience of meeting and working with all of these people that helps me know this lifestyle business thing is pretty cool and a great solution for a lot of people.


Recently I had a great conversation with my friend Connor. He owns a “traditional” business – a roofing company up in the Seattle area.

He related to me that now one of the biggest indicators of his success is actually the lack of hours he puts into his business.

In other words, the less hours he puts in, while still watching his business grow, the more successful he considers himself.

I think time involved while still making it grow is an outstanding metric for any business owner, regardless of the actual business.

This is a paradigm shift to the traditional thinking of “the more hours you work, the more successful you’ll be”.

This is an outdated mindset. Success now depends on leverage.

It’s important to note that you have to identify what success looks like from the start.

A great starting point is to think about time. Time is actually your most valuable asset and how you use your time will determine your ultimate success. You can always make more money. You can’t make more time.

One of my main goals with Family Rocketship is to teach you to create a source of income that takes care of your needs and wants and gives you the time to do whatever you want.

In fact, when you think about making money in your business together with time, you’ll see that your revenue-per-hour is a powerful metric. It’s the most powerful metric actually.

Really think about it.

If you make $20,000 net income a month from your business and you only put in one hour of work a month, then you’re effectively making $20,000 an hour.

Pretty cool, right?

It’s not just an example. There are people making much more than that! Time and money are big factors when thinking about your success in your lifestyle business.

We’re going to discuss how this business model goes hand-in-hand with your values later on but for now, really think about what you want. What does success look like for you?

Regardless of your answer, you’ll need money to make your success happen. Even if it means selling all of your stuff and moving into an RV, you’ll still need money for food and fuel.

Success doesn’t mean money but money is a big part of success.

So let’s quickly look at that now.


Right now, if I were to ask you to think about ways you can make more money, what comes to mind?

Did you think about getting a second job? Did you think of stuff you could sell on Craigslist? Maybe having a garage sale? What did you come up with?

Be honest!

When most people think about making more money, they immediately think about getting a better job or even getting a second (or third) job.

But there’s a better way.

You need to think about how you can add more value to someone’s life. Think about what problems you can solve to make someone’s life easier, happier, skinnier, more in love, etc. 

That’s the start of the entrepreneurial journey.

Another key question that most people don’t ask themselves is how much money do you really need? Really think about it!

That number is up to you.


If you can’t tell already, I’m trying to help you start to change your thinking. I want you to see what’s already happening for people like you and me.

There are people all over jumping into this world of entrepreneurship and as first-timers, with no previous education or mentoring, and making a great living. These are people just like you!

Single people. Married people. People with kids. People with full time, demanding jobs.

I read stories every day of people saying ‘adios!’ to their jobs because they’ve started a business that’s taking care of their needs and then some.

Now it’s your turn. Starting now, you need to have this mindset. Just think, “It’s my turn now!” This is your first step.

You need to take but this first mental jump is the absolute first thing you need to do. Be tired of settling for an average life. Be excited for finally moving forward on your own thing.

It’s go time!


This is part of an ongoing series of posts all pulled from the book: The 60-Day Entrepreneur – Create Your Own Lifestyle Business, Scale Your Income, & Live Life on Your Terms

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How Kevin Read a Family Rocketship Post & Made $3,600 in 1 Month

How Kevin Read a Family Rocketship Post & Made $3,600 in 1 Month

This week I got an awesome email from a new friend of mine named Kevin Maxwell. As you’ll see from the email, Kevin is a freaking rockstar!!!

He laid out how he read one of my blog posts (this one: How to Create a Lifestyle Business Using Only Fiverr Gigs) and took the info and ran with it.

Kevin MaxwellTo say that Kevin knows how to hustle is an understatement. He put together a little funnel or system for himself (pictured below), used Fiverr gigs to make it a reality, and then made $3,600 in his first month.

I’m going to repeat that.

He made $3,600 in his first month!

Kevin told me it was fine to share the email he sent to me with you. If you’re reading this, I want you to read the email exchange very carefully and then break down what Kevin did. If you follow what Kevin did, you should be able to get similar results.

Before I share the emails, I want to make something super clear.

Kevin is living proof of what I’ve been ranting about lately.

Specifically here:

Why You Don’t Have Enough Money & Exactly How to Fix It, Guaranteed!

And here:

Excuse Makers & Action Takers – Which One Are You?

I’ve been saying that all the information is out there to change your own personal circumstances. Need more money? The info is out there!

Want to quit your job and do something cool? The info is out there!

The key is that it takes a willing mind and a determination to hustle (work hard) until you hit your goal.

That’s where we lose most people.

People all say they want change but very few actually do something. They hope someone else will solve all of their problems – a president, a boss, etc.

Learn From Kevin’s Example

Now, it’s time for me to stop talking and time for you to start learning from Kevin. Read the below very carefully and apply it to your own life.


FROM: Kevin Maxwell
TO: Sean Marshall

Hello Sean,

I hope you’re doing well. We spoke a few weeks ago when I was asking for advice for doing website design side hustle and outsourcing it and making money on the side from my other business.

I wanted to say thank you as I put together an amazing website design funnel system that I tested out the first month and made 3,600 dollars!!!! and all I needed was the internet,, and your website.

I closed a deal to revamp this woman’s website and she told me her budget was 3,000 and there were other people who wanted the job but I undercut everyone by 500 dollars by offering the service for 2500 as my website designer said he could do the entire job for 120 dollars so I netted 2380 and my labor was minimal at best.

I attached the current funnel I created.

  1. I have a cold caller call small businesses and set up meetings for me
  2. I meet with owner and work out a deal and get paid up front
  3. I outsource the work to my designer for usually 30 dollars
  4. I meet with client or talk on phone to ensure they like everything and make final edits
  5. I work with them on Facebook, google, and all other marketing and get paid to manage their accounts

The funny thing is before I wanted to make extra money so I got a part-time cleaning job and made 9 dollars an hour and after taxes I was almost working for free…now I have a system set up where I outsource most of the heavy lifting and now I just close the deal, get paid, and make sure everything runs smoothly.


I go to your website every day and now I finally have the money to buy some of your courses. If you have any advice on where I can do better please let me know.

Thank You,

Kevin Maxwell

(SEAN NOTE: Here’s the funnel image Kevin is talking about): 

Maxwell Website Design Funnel



Dude, I’m blown away by your hustle!!

Would you mind if I shared your story? I mean, I can change your name if you like but I think what you’ve done is crazy inspirational. If there were more people with your drive to succeed, we’d be living in a very different world my friend.

I LOVED it when you said, “all I needed was the internet,, and your website.”

And I loved your pic showing your funnel. You’ve already created a system which is the BIG key to success.

But yeah, I’d love to share this with more people. What do you think?



Hey Sean,

I would love it if you could post my story and publish it so people can see and use it in their success. You can use my name as well 🙂

Your teachings definitely changed my life and really motivated me to dig deep and create a system that helps to generate income. I love that fact that I found an awesome cold caller on that not only finds leads but also books the appointment and even records the calls and creates an excel spreadsheet for me to have their information and gives suggestions on how to close the deal and then once I meet up with then and close the deal I pass on all info to my website designer in India to create the website and then I met the client for a last meeting and confirm the website is good then I transition to getting a month to month contract for marketing their business.

So yes please share my story.

Again thank you so much!

Can You See Why This Makes Me So Freaking Happy?!

First and foremost, Kevin’s motives are like my own – he has nothing to gain personally by sharing this information with the world – except the warm fuzzies of knowing that he’s helping other people.

If I wrote up blog posts and did my weekly vlogs and it made no other difference than to help people like Kevin, that’s crazy awesome to me. Why? Because it’s like a ripple effect.

Kevin now has a way to make money that’s NOT from a job. You read about what happened when he got a part-time job for “extra money”. And now Kevin is willing to share that info with others in the hopes of inspiring them to get moving also.

Freedom ArmyI seriously think this is the beginning of a small, happy, little army of people trying to help others – people who are waking up, taking control of their own lives, and embracing freedom as their new lifestyle.

You can go to a job just like everyone else if you want to. You can fight with your boss if you want to. You can make just barely enough money to live a normal life if you want to.

Or, you can work your butt off for a while and then live the life that you’ve always wanted to.

It’s your choice.

Will You Follow Kevin’s Example?

As I write this blog post, I’m sitting in a flat in Zaragoza, Spain. I’m actually spending the entire summer traveling around Europe with my family before heading back home to Cozumel this fall. We’re not here because of work. We don’t have family here.

We’re here 100% because it’s fun. We. Just. Plain. Wanted. To.

I say all of this because I hustled to get here! I’m not trying to brag. I mean, I am proud of my achievement BUT, more importantly, I’m trying to show that if an average guy like myself can end up with a fantastic lifestyle, you can too!

Like Kevin, I read something online, turned around and did it, and now I’m reaping the benefits.

This is why I have this blog. This is why I feel like shouting this stuff from the rooftops! You don’t have to live an average life. You can make money, free up your time, and do cool stuff with your loved ones.

Let’s Go Deeper…

Do you think whenever Kevin needs some extra money in the future, he’s going to consider getting a part-time job?

Heck no!

He’s tapped into what us “lifestyle designers” live by:

  • learn
  • do
  • provide value for others
  • make money
  • do cool stuff

He now has a way to make extra dinero, or even a ton of life-changing dinero, forevermore. And you know he’s going to share it with other people. That’s the ripple effect I’m talking about. That’s the little army I’m talking about.

Kevin could just keep all of this info to himself. He could quietly live a dope life and never share it with anyone else. But, in his words, “I would love it if you could post my story and publish it so people can see and use it in their success.”

I’m going to wrap up now. But I want to make this super, crystal-freaking clear: you have the ability to do whatever you want to do. It’s all up to you. It’s your choice. 

If you need money, go back and read what Kevin wrote above. Follow what he did. Start it in your own life. Hustle. Work. Grind. Whatever verb you need to do the thing!

Once you do that, please consider sharing your story with me so I can blast it to the world. It’s a revolution, amigo. Join us!


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