Making your side job your main job – Tommy Griffith

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Seems like everyone wants to be an entrepreneur these days. Being an entrepreneur is widely considered the dream to achieve. But what if you cannot afford to just quite your day job and start your own business? Is it possible to build one while still working your other job and paying the bills?

My guest on this episode is Tommy Griffith. He used to head up SEO at PayPal and Airbnb and he even taught SEO. One day he realized he wanted to do more than just work. He wanted to play. So he started a side gig called and he built courses teaching people how to do SEO themselves and more. His journey took many years to see that initial side gig become a full-time career that paid his bills, covered his lifestyle and generated revenue even when he wasn’t working 80 hours/week.

Tommy Griffith shares the 1000 day rule, how to know if you have entrepreneurial ADD, the key questions you need to ask yourself to start a side gig that can become a success and even gives us a little bit of an SEO lesson.

Tommy Griffith has been doing search engine optimization for more than 10 years. He was previously managed SEO at PayPal and Airbnb, and now runs ClickMinded, a digital marketing training platform for marketers and entrepreneurs.

Tommy started ClickMinded as a side project while working full-time at Airbnb. He grew it until it started generating more revenue than his annual salary. Two years ago, he quit Airbnb to go full-time on it and ran into a number of problems in trying to grow the business from there. Take a look at some great resources from Tommy at:

Find Tommy on Twitter @TommyGriffith,, and email me at


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