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Hi, I’m Kevin, a sold out believer in self-employment as the most powerful vehicle in today’s world for freedom and fulfillment in your life. I’m a lifetime free agent who grew up in a free agent home and helping others get free is my chosen (maybe destined) vocation.
I live and work up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in a big strawbale house we built (literally) with my rock star wife and our seven amazing kids. We’ve lost it all, gained it all back and then some, but through it all fought to protect what we care about most, relationships and purpose.
Rest assured I’m more than a regular guy, probably like you. I have a big mortgage, a rental home (meaning our old house that I’m upside down in and can’t sell), three very unfancy, high mileage automobiles, a family I adore but who makes it very hard to juggle it all, and amazing wife, but who has her own endeavors, and there are many days where I am overwhelmed and doubting myself.
But I look around and, though I’m never satisfied (I love building & improving things), I find myself feeling like the richest guy in the world who at this point can’t paint a better reality of the life I dream of.
The Brief Story
I grew up in the home of a serial entrepreneur who today is a bestselling author, speaker and coach on ‘work you love‘. I never knew anything different than family first and pursuing passions and joy in work. And…owning your work. So while I wasn’t anything special, I was simply handed a different paradigm and expectation of life and work.
I had my first business at age 15 tinting windows on cars out of my parent’s garage. I ran ads in the paper, had a business phone in my room and average $50 per hour. Again, I was no business prodigy, it was just part of family life. Some people were taught farming or sports from their upbringing. I was taught business.
What followed is a story entailing national BMX racing, 15 years as a Pro/Elite cyclist, one 2-year stint as an employee (VP Marketing at a big mortgage company), a failed home buyer business (lost $50k), a successful dot com business that I walked away from to pursue my passions, an elite, sponsored cycling team and 100+ member club and we hosted the 2002 United States Federation National Championships ($170k budget and I lost $20k), a successful small business Branding & Positioning consulting firm and finally…found my place inspiring and equipping others in self-employment. Actually, we also made a bit of money in a couple MLM companies too. And during the time, I nearly killed my marriage.
Whew. I now guide people with the accumulated wisdom of what I did wrong, what I did right and the experience of walking with over a thousand others pursuing free agency
So what is Free Agent Academy
It’s an online school for self-employment…is the big answer. But our focus is not so much in advocating self-employment, it’s merely helping people who want more freedom and purpose in their work, and they can’t see how to achieve that amidst traditional employment.
Most of our members are solopreneurs, meaning…they don’t have employees. Now, they may have lucrative businesses, but they have a team of other independent contractors they use. Some do have employees, and occasionally we’ll have someone go pretty big.
We don’t promote a certain type of business, instead we look at everyone in the context of what their work goal is, what skills/talents/abilities/experience they have to offer, and we start by seeking a ‘low hanging fruit’ opportunity. Something they can start on the side, make the first dollar with, and grow. See what it becomes. Some are dead set on going full-monty for complete self-employment right away. We’re plenty game for that! And a good many want to go deep into a real ‘Life’s Work’ business. Something that engages their calling and purpose. This is actually my heart, but for most this will be Phase 3 of self-employment.
I’m often called the ‘Pied Piper of Self-Employment’, and my buddy Gary Barkalow of The Noble Heart says, “Kevin is committed to making sure people don’t just know their calling, but they tangibly apply it to their lives.” Tom Ziglar (CEO of Ziglar and Zig’s son) has twice asked Kevin to host the Ziglar Success 2.0 show and cites Kevin and Free Agent Academy as “The bridge between Ziglar’s personal development and inspiration and our work with people growing businesses. Kevin & FAA help guide people who want to succeed in life to the area that best suits them TO succeed!”
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Hey, thanks so much for coming here. I hope to get to know you and your story,