WHAT’S A LIFESTYLE BUSINESS?

by Bill Tucker on October 23, 2015

Andy Mueller

Andy Mueller was a sales rep for The North Face Co., living in the Rockies. It was a job and location he loved. Then he lost his job.  He did not know he was ready for a change.  So what did he do? He sold nearly everything he had and traveled to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and eventually to Hawaii.  He fell in love with the travel.

Eventually, funds ran out. So what did he do then? Andy started a painting company in Hawaii. He decided to try it out for a few months and see what happened. What happened was that Andy got busy. He painted for 2 years.  During that time he took two additional 4 month trips, and his lifestyle business was born.  That has worked so well that Andy has maintained that lifestyle and business.  In his words, he makes money in the 1st world and spends it in the 3rd world.  He has been to nearly every corner of the world at least once and many places far more often. He has met an incredible number of people, gotten immersed in numerous cultures, eaten nearly every food known to man, and has generated experiences that most people can’t even imagine.

His 2014 East Asia blog in which he took with his girlfriend (now wife) through Southeast Asia tells a great tale. A lifestyle of traveling the world sounds fantastic and exciting, and for Andy, the painting business has been a lifestyle business that has allowed him to pursue his passion for exploration.

You don’t have to travel the world to be successful with a lifestyle business.  But Andy Mueller is proof that you can create a lifestyle business that suits your lifestyle preferences.

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