Kurt Frankenberg is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for making his hobbies into businesses. At 18, he started a martial arts school to finance travel and instruction in exotic martial arts. It is still in operation 27 years later. Along the way he started a window cleaning company, aeration business, screen repair company, business consulting, and has personally founded or helped others to start businesses now over 20 and counting. In 2002 he wrote a book about finance and investing based on his personal experiences with the stock and options market. He sold the rights to the book for about $90K plus perpetual royalties. Sales are over $1M. Currently Kurt is working with young people teaching entrepreneurship and encouraging others to convert their hobbies and interests into full time incomes.
People making their hobbies and interests pay THEM instead of the other way around. Every field of interest has opportunities for monetization, providing incentive and the means to pursue excellence.
THIS idea worth is spreading: You can spend each day engaged in an activity that you enjoy, that you would rather do than anything else, that you would even pay for the privilege to do... but get paid a handsome income to do it. On top of this you will be lauded and thanked by people that share your interests and have the opportunity to connect and have 'face time' with the people you look up to most, the celebrities in your field. Everywhere there is passion there is opportunity. It's said that "if you find a way to get paid to do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life." I disagree; having started a number of small businesses based on my interests and hobbies, I still work hard... every day. But it's work that's enjoyable and it produces things of value for people that also share my interests. I'm not the only one to find a way to make my hobbies and interests return a healthy full time income.There are five common principles that all success stories share. Read on.
I'm always interested to talk with small (or not so small) business owners about how they took their idea, hobby, or interest and turned it into a full time income. Love to share ideas about marketing
Breaking boards and bricks. I hold a personal record of breaking 100 bricks in 20.5 seconds.
On TED I would talk about how I discovered a simple marketing principle at age 18 that has made it possible to start over a dozen successful business ventures. The principle has less to do with traditional demographics and more to do with shared interests. This single principle has the power to take whatever one is passionate about... hockey, macrame, travel, underwater basket weaving... and turn it into a full time income. In my TED talk (already prepared) I would share my story and how the simple marketing principle allowed me to create flexible part time income when I was a teen, and how it allows me to spend all day doing things I like doing with people I love. This marketing principle takes advantage of no one, is not a 'snake oil' tactic... in fact, the most common response I get when I use it to make confiscatory amounts of money is a hearty "thank you!" from the people that pay me.
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