My passive income story begins in 2007, when I was employed in an architectural firm. I enjoyed my career and, in an effort to both improve my skills and my position in the company, I began studying for the LEED exam.
I needed an easy way to organize my study notes, so I bought the domain intheleed.com and started a blog. Each entry I made explored a topic that was likely to come up on the exam. (Note: The website is now at greenexamacademy.com.)
The blog made it easier for me to study—I didn’t have to carry my notes with me; if I found myself with a spare moment to study, I could just pull up the website. It’s a difficult test, and typing out my notes helped me to synthesize the material. In 2008, I passed the exam and stopped updating the site. The site has done its job and I no longer needed it.
My story could have ended there, but 2008 is also the year the U.S. economy took a nosedive. Within a few months of passing the exam, I learned that I was going to be laid off. This is a longer story, one I wrote about both on my About page and in my book Let Go.
The architecture industry as a whole was hit hard by the recession, and I struggled to find another job. As my days of employment were ticking down, I started looking online for a possible solution, and that’s when I learned about passive income.
I found Internet Business Mastery with hosts Jeremy and Jason, and it changed my life. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through the Internet Business Mastery link.] Specifically, in one podcast episode they shared the story of a man who was making a 6-figure living online helping people pass the Project Management Exam.
That’s when the lightbulb went on for me.
I already had a website that had helped me (and a couple of my co-workers) pass the LEED exam. Why couldn’t I turn this site into an online business and help others too?
I had no idea what I was doing, but I decided to go for it.