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90 days ago, I quit my job to try and build out multiple sources of income. I’m not going to lie, I was beyond scared when I finally mustered up the courage to quit my job. After all, who in their right mind quits a very well paying job in the middle of a pandemic? After some encouragement from the internet, I pulled the trigger and here we are; 90 days later. If you remember from my last post, June was going to be the first month that I really tried to turn the ship around. I was getting by…


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Now that I’ve been working solo for the last couple months, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the value of working on a team. I’ve always been on a team ever since I started my career back in 2010. Over the last eleven years, I’ve been on a different variety of teams. Each team has unique in its own way and I’ve learned a lot about what makes a great team versus a team that you just can’t wait to leave. Many would think that working from home severely impacted the way teams work. Some would argue…


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I love to learn. I’ve been a life long learner and ever since I quit my job a few weeks ago, I’ve spent a great deal of my “free” time learning. I read one chapter of a book every single day and I’m currently learning many new things. I have goals to get really good the things I already know such as Jira administration, Technical Program Management, and cybersecurity. But, I also have a goal of learning new things such as cloud administration, programming, and technical writing.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or two…


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What a crazy month May was. I had all 31 days to grow and scale my business. I did not grow as quickly as I would have liked, but significant progress was made on all fronts. I’ll be sharing numbers and overall progress for the month of May today. Today also marks my 60 day anniversary of having quit my job to pursue my dreams. I’m not going to lie, but this has to be the most emotionally challenging thing I’ve ever done. Things are going well, so I really don’t have much to complain about, but still, the thought…


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It is easy to do things when they are easy. No one likes to do the hard things. As I’ve been working on launching my business, I’ve been focusing on working on the easy things. The things that do not require much time. The things I know I have knowledge on and do not require me to think outside the box. Every time I look at my to-do list and I glance at an item I know is hard, my first reaction is to skip it and go to the next easy one. …


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This has been a crazy month. I never thought that I would quit a well paying job to pursue my dreams. In the month of April, I finally pulled the plug and April 2nd, 2021 was my last day as a full-time employee. I took a bit of a leap of faith and decided that it was time to chase my dreams. Over the last month, I have been busy trying to earn money and also building out different income streams. This has been the first month in my life, where I could completely focus on the things I wanted…


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Rejection is hard. I’ve never been very good at handling rejection. Maybe I didn’t date enough when I was younger. Whatever the reason, I struggle with rejection. Every time I apply to position and do not get it, the news of rejection just completely ruins my day. Because I do not deal with rejections very well, I try to position myself in situations where I minimize my chances of being rejected. This has worked pretty well for most of my life but it has come at a significant price. By playing it safe, I have missed out on numerous opportunities…


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Fear and Uncertainty

Today, I’m starting out my fourth week of being an entrepreneur. Four weeks in and I still have doubts that just like to fill my head. I’ve managed to make enough money to cover all my expenses and I continue to build out new sources of revenue, but still that fear lingers in my mind. I wanted to share my tips and tricks for how I’m dealing with fear and uncertainty. As I’ve been sharing my journey with friends, family, and community, a few have reached out asking me questions about why I started going down this route. Many share…


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I used to be a very hard worker. I was young, full of energy and wanted to climb the ladder all the way to the top. I remember my first internship, my manager gave me a week long task and I finished it within a few hours. I distinctively remember working 36 hours over a weekend to get our production servers back up and running. I used to go above and beyond for my manager and for my team. Then, one day, it all went away. I realized that if I worked super hard, or worked just enough, I’d get…


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If you have been following me, then you know that I’m trying to grow out 18 sources of income. I’ve been slowly growing and scaling a few sources over the last few months, but now that I am 100% dependent on these income streams, it is time to enable more streams of income.

Current Income Streams

I first started with freelancing. This business is doing well and is helping me stay afloat. Next, the podcast is growing every day and I have a few ideas for growing in that space that I’m excited to start implementing. Writing is my third and probably my…

Alex Ortiz

I’m an engineer working professionally in San Diego, CA. I’m trying to improve every day and use this space to document. Connect: apetech.me/social

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