Ian ran his first profitable business when he was 19, which ignited his passion for entrepreneurship and set the trajectory of his career. He later built and sold an Amazon business, before acquiring skills in affiliate and content marketing.
Ian has extensive experience in content and SEO. Combined with his background as an ecommerce entrepreneur, this skillset enables him to identify high-leverage growth opportunities and communicate value. Over the last several years, he’s written many top-ranking articles about buying and selling online businesses and has been instrumental in crafting Quiet Light’s content strategy. As an Advisor, Ian is passionate about helping owners accomplish their goals and experience the freedom that entrepreneurship provides.
Q&A With Ian
What is the #1 mistake people make when selling their websites?
One of the biggest mistakes is failing to adequately prepare. Without effective documentation practices or other key considerations accounted for, it’s difficult to establish an effective exit strategy and maximize value. You’ve invested significant time and energy building an asset you’re proud of, so it only makes sense to learn about the process and implement best practices before going to market.
Did you always know that you were going to be an entrepreneur?
No, but I did know that I didn’t want a normal job, so in college I majored in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. As soon as I started my freshman year, I knew I had made the right choice!
What is the greatest benefit of helping people sell their online businesses?
The fulfillment that comes from helping other entrepreneurs experience life-changing exits. Building and selling a business is a truly transformative experience, and it’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of other owners’ inspiring journeys. Not to mention, working with talented entrepreneurs presents an incredible opportunity to constantly learn and grow.
If you could have just one superpower, what would it be?
To stretch out life’s most precious experiences and always fully appreciate the moment in front of me.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
To live a life that makes me feel inspired and alive, rather than one that’s expected. It may sound cheesy, but this bit of advice helped me to forego the corporate rat race and instead pursue travel and entrepreneurship. I credit much of my happiness to this simple recommendation.
What drew you to make your career online?
I wanted work to be exciting and engaging, be my own boss, and work from anywhere.
If you could have dinner with just one person (they don’t have to be living still), who would it be?
My late grandfather.