034 How to Start an Online Business from Absolutely Nothing – interview with Greg Hartle

September 15, 2011

I've done a number of interviews in the past, and I can say that this one is TRULY a one of a kind. Let me ask you this…

What would you do if you had to start over from scratch? No place to live, no car, no connections, no resources – NOTHING but $10 and a laptop!

What would you eat? Where would you sleep? How much would you whine about the circumstances you found yourself in?

Some people ponder those kinds of questions.

Listen to This Episode

Greg Hartle, creator of Ten Dollars and a Laptop said that he won't tell you what he'd do. He'll SHOW YOU (talk about taking action).

Greg sold everything he owns and started from basically nothing. To be more specific, he started with 10 dollars and a laptop, with the goal of building the life of his dreams and document the entire experience online. The good, bad, and ugly.

interview with Greg Hartle

He is traveling across the entire United states and interviewing 500 individuals who are building the life of his dreams and his goal is to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs who want to succeed in life.If you are looking for inspiration . . . Listen to this interview!

If you are going through hard times . . . Listen to this interview!

If you are struggling to build an online business . . . Listen to this interview!

If you are (fill in the blanks) . . . Listen to this interview!

Why? Because Greg not only talks about what he's gone through, but he gives advice for anyone who is dealing with difficult situations right now. When I think about the way the economy is today, the advice he gives is more relevant today than ever.

Some of the questions I ask Greg are the following:

  • What is the most exciting thing happening in his life right now?
  • Why did he start this $10 and a laptop “experiment”?
  • What is he trying to accomplish?
  • How did he get started with his online business?
  • How did he get traffic?
  • What would you say to someone who has lost it all and is starting over from scratch?

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  • David Tong says:

    This was such a great episode!!! My jaws were touching the ground when Greg was narrating the story!!! The “pay me whatever you think it’s worth” approach really works… I did the same thing before with a string of photo services not as a gimmick or strategy, but more like I didn’t know how much to charge for a relatively low-effort but high-importance task… It was a good exercise to gauge how much the market is willing to pay instead of assuming how much they’re willing to pay…

    Great stuff… Probably the most entertaining episode yet Leslie, keep it up.

    David’s Simple Photography

    • Thanks for the feedback David. So glad that you are enjoying the podcast (even finding them entertaining).

      I think that Greg’s story is just amazing. It’s always great to connect with people who take risks and accomplish big things.

  • Andrea says:

    Wow, Leslie, what an amazing story! It´s all about what Greg said: times are changing. The old jobs and the old thinking won`t do no longer. Very inspiring. Thanks!

    • I agree. It’s a new age, and people need to catch on. We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve always done them.

      Glad you were inspired by what Greg had to say. Make sure to thank him – @greghartle

  • Tai says:

    Wow Leslie. Such an inspirational interview and amazing story. It just proves that we can all achieve our goals it we focus with great intention and purpose.

    • Inspirational indeed. I know I was definitely inspired. Maybe I should sell everything I own too. Wait . . . no . . . not that inspired, LOL.

      Thanks for the comment Tai 🙂

  • David Tong says:

    That’s one of my ‘pet peeves’ as well with most countries’ schooling system. From primary to collegiate, they’re training students with obsolete stuff that’s also centered towards GETTING A JOB and trying to fit into a job market when the truth is, by the time they graduate, those jobs are non-existent because technology, politics, needs, and demand moves at a lightning pace.

    In countries like Singapore, HK, Japan, etc. where the students performance on nationwide standard exams are considered to be THE ONLY GOAL and they MUST be get high scores to get the next best level of schooling, the students end up being academically smart but have zero knowledge in business or just achieving great things that don’t have a statistical reward.

    I idea of an old stable job don’t exist anymore, it has vanished over the last 5-8 years in fact, and our schools are still not grooming students to think big and beyond “getting a stable job” mindset.

    Dave Tong from David’s Simple Photography

  • Great interview! Great perspective of life being a journey rather than a destination. Reminds me of the movie – ‘The Peaceful Warrior’.

  • Rochelle says:

    SO AMAZIIINNNNNGGGGG 🙂 i am so amazed. Love the point about being resourceful!! When the rubber meets the road, we just gotta do what we gotta do. Thanks for another incredibly valuable podcast. I’m learning so much for these interviews. Seriously.

    Simply Natural Ideas

    • Awesome to hear Rochelle. Glad you are enjoying. Yep, gotta be resourceful. That’s one of the most valuable parts of this interview for me. Time to get resourceful 😀

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  • Jacko says:

    Commit act of compassion I had not heard before I can say that anytime I’m stressed I try to commit a random act of kindness It always helps cure what ever it is that had me down. 
    no Rx needed.

  • Errol Bennett says:

    All I can say is wow!

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