How to build a 7-figure blogging business around your passion with Will Hatton
Freelance to Founder
This is the story of Will Hatton, founder of TheBrokeBackpacker.com and a jack-of-all-trades turned blogger/entrepreneur who converted his passion into a 9-business empire making 7 figures in revenue. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us an honest rating on iTunes.Will’s multiple ventures have not only allowed him to give back to causes important to him but it's also helped him to produce an incredible amount of monthly revenue. And he's accomplished this over an incredibly short amount of time.This episode is actually a grueling story of how one man — and a friend he found along the way — came to building a highly successful business empire. The revenue sources pile up here:TheBrokeBackpacker.comEpic Backpacker ToursThe Active Roots brand on AmazonDitch Your DeskThese are just four of them. He's been everywhere — and he's making serious money passing along his travel wisdom as a result.Complete show notes for this episode can be found on Millo.coThank you to our Sponsors for supporting this episode:Radix: In today’s digital world, your personal brand is your web address, your unique niche in the world. Get your space on the internet with a special 90% off offer on 1 & 5 year .space domains! Log on to get.space now and use coupon code “FREELANCETOFOUNDER” to redeem 90% discount on your domain!LinkedIn Jobs: Reach candidates you can't find anywhere else. Get your job in front of LinkedIn members who are active on our network, engaged in their careers, and open to new opportunities. Hurry on over to LinkedIn.com/Freelance and get $50 off your first job post. Subscribe for new episodes at freelancetofounder.com.This podcast is a production of Millo.Recently from the Millo Blog:How to start a blog and make money (Free checklist & tutorial walk-through)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode
- 04:35 - Who is the Broke Backpacker?
- 05:54 - How long did it take to make the Broke Backpacker a success?
- 07:04 - What is the origin of the Epic Backpacker Tour Company?
- 07:21 - How can I find a business to start?
- 08:15 - What are the advantages of living a backpacker lifestyle ?
- 09:28 - What got Will Hatton curious about backpacking?
- 13:54 - When did Will Hatton realize he wanted to grow his businesses?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
Who is the Broke Backpacker?
Will Hatton started a site called the Broke Backpacker, essentially a free resource for aspiring adventurers to travel on a budget.
For the longest time he'd been making about $1k a month with it, and had no motivation to grow it. Once meeting his now wife, however, he started growing his other businesses, anywhere he saw opportunity. They needed more money to travel together :)
Now his businesses are making a mere $200,000 every months.
How long did it take to make the Broke Backpacker a success?
It's taken Will Hatton about three years to get the businesses to a good pace. He says that while starting out, he had to do everything by himself, which is why it took so long to hit escape velocity. Once he started generating enough money where he could pay others to help, business growth picked up a lot faster.
What is the origin of the Epic Backpacker Tour Company?
Will Hatton ran out of money while traveling in Pakistan, so he reached out to his Instagram following to see if anyone would pay to join him for a tour. People did, and the business got started.
How can I find a business to start?
A great way to start a business is when desperation meets opportunity.
What are the advantages of living a backpacker lifestyle ?
Will says he has been on the road for 10+ years, sleeping in tents and couch-surfing. He'd worked on farms, he'd sold t-shirts, weed ... he's done all sorts of things to get by.
Living this way has taught Will viable business skills. For example, he learned how to haggle, where both people maintain their honor, and both get the value.
What got Will Hatton curious about backpacking?
Will was due to join the Army, but before doing it he decided to do a 10-week physical challenging program in Costa Rica. While out there on a three week hike, he ended up in a hospital. Months of recovery and physical therapy later, he was no longer eligible to join the Army. Unsure what to do, Will took all his savings and moved to India, where the real adventure began.
When did Will Hatton realize he wanted to grow his businesses?
Will says he's gotten pretty good at making small amounts of money, fast. For example, you can always go to a country like India, buy a bunch of cheap but cool clothing, sell it at a festival at US or Europe and make a 1000% return.
Unfortunately, although it sounds cool, that means only turning $200 into $2000, which is enough money for a single backpacker, but not enough for anything else. Eventually you have to find opportunities that make more.