Hello, I’m Adam.
Here’s a little story about why Surfpreneur exists
Where I was
I worked as a Police officer in Aberdeen, Scotland for five years up until November 2017. It was a stressful job that left me feeling burnt out, neglecting my health and fitness working shifts, and losing the motivation and time to surf (if you knew me, you’d know that’s a big deal!).
It was also very rewarding. I worked with and learned from many inspiring people, solved real problems every day and did some pretty awesome stuff.. have you seen Hot Fuzz?
In the end though, I knew I had to make a change, but it still took me a long time to do it. I’m sure you know that feeling!
I’ll be forever thankful for the job teaching me that my two biggest priorities in life should be health and time. You wouldn’t think that would have been something I’d have to learn..
Where I am now
Now, I spend time in between Scotland and the Canary Islands (mainly Scotland) running my surf photography ecommerce business and working as a freelance content strategist for small businesses. I’m blogging here at Surfpreneur.co, and I’m also studying Business & Spanish with The Open University. I’m busy but I’m in control of my time and how I spend it.
Where I want to be
I want to continue growing my businesses into sustainable sources of income so that I can work independent of location and live in a house on the Scottish coast.. That’s the dream, don’t knock it!
Here are a few things I’d like to have, do, and be (in no particular order):
- A house on Scotland’s Banffshire Coast
- A golden retriever (my family has always had them)
- A motorbike
- A van
- Surf whenever there are waves
- Do yoga every day
- Spend a good portion of every year in the Canary Islands
- Become fluent in Spanish
- Help other people grow their businesses and achieve their goals
- Improve my front-end development skills
- Finish my degree
(I’ll be updating this list as I achieve these goals – last updated November 2017)
What about you?
Where do you want to be, and where are you now?
Is it time to make a change?
I believe we all have it in us to hustle and improve our lives, whatever that means for each person.
I made Surfpreneur to make sure that I keep at it (it keeps me accountable), and I hope the posts I share here will help you on your journey as I stumble along mine.
All the techniques and strategies I share here are based on real experience working on my own businesses. That being said, Surfpreneur.co is a business in itself, that you can see in action as you (hopefully) benefit from this website!
How does Surfpreneur make money?
During the running of my businesses, I make use of various tools to help me grow and achieve my goals. Some of these have affiliate programs available. This means that if you make a purchase through one of my affiliate links, I will make a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
I only ever link to products and tools that I actually use and honestly recommend. Sometimes, the tools I use don’t have affiliate programs, or their competitors offer much larger commissions. This is far less important to me than maintaining my integrity and sharing honest advice and experience.
So basically, if it has worked for me, I think it will work for you too.
To be clear though, I’m not a “make money online guru”. In fact, I’m definitely not a guru of any kind! I’m good at some things, but I’m also constantly learning and I make mistakes all the time.
For that reason, Surfpreneur is not about teaching you how to build a business. I’m sure there are many different ways suited to each business and person. Instead, I’ll show you how I’ve done it (successes and failures), and hopefully we’ll all learn something.
If you think I could do something better, or want to recommend a tool or product that you think would help me, please let me know. I respond to every Tweet and comment.
Anyway, thanks for checking out the site, and keep shaking those trees!