1- The Creative Person with Paul Solt

Paul Solt

I'm Paul Solt – a creative person who likes to make things and learn. 

I didn't want to be a cog in the wheel of a big company (I worked at both Apple and Microsoft) – so I started my own company around 2011.

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My first 3 years were rocky – I was living off app sales and contract work. I survived on $20,000-$30,000 per year.

My credit card was the only way I could afford to eat while paying rent.

Over the past two years I've had a lot more success – I followed my passions and began earning money while I slept. In 2013 and 2014 I ran two incredibly successful Kickstarter projects ($95,544 from 1207 generous people).

With financial stability I was went full steam working on new iPhone app programming courses. It was hard and very challenging – the lack of feedback and human interaction was draining. I also had to be public about my success and failures to my backers. Until this past year I really struggled with a regular schedule – the downside of being a solo business owner is that you have to find the motivation and purpose to get up every morning.

Now I'm more productive than I've ever been – within the last year I've filmed over 400 videos, optimized my workflow, and my ability to manage tons of tasks and emails. I'm making leaps and strides in the right direction. My morning routines and new habits are keeping me healthy and fit for work!

I want to share my thoughts on technology, life, productivity, crowd funding, design, product reviews, Apple, programming, and business.

If I've learned anything over the past few years – it's that I don't know enough. I need to constantly be learning, reading, and improving my health, and using my mind.

What do you want to learn about?

  • Best practices for crowd funding your ideas
  • Meeting Steve Jobs in an awkward place
  • How to brew the best cup of coffee
  • How Microsoft almost threw my Macbook out the window
  • Teaching online courses to thousands
  • Working for a tech giant (Apple and Microsoft)
  • How to build an online portfolio
  • How to program if you've never programmed before
  • Hiring and managing contractors for art, writing, music, and programming
  • Product reviews and critiques on technology
  • How to improve your office ergonomics
  • Books to read for continued growth
  • How to save time with software – for business owners
  • Challenges of being an Adjunct Professor
  • Workflows that can save you time and sanity

Want to hear more?

Do you want to learn more about running a business, using technology, or empowering yourself?

Send me your questions via email or Twitter.