In this episode of the “Remote Work Life” podcast, host Alex Wilson Campbell interviews John Murphy, an entrepreneur who has successfully built an ecommerce business that allows him to live a location-independent lifestyle. Alex commends John for creating something substantial that not only provides him with a good income but also contributes positively to both people and the planet. Despite facing challenges along the way, John has persevered and achieved a significant monthly turnover in the six figures.
The conversation delves into John’s background, where he shares his experience of working in multinational corporations, including a seven to eight-year stint at General Electric in Italy. John confesses his struggles with numbers and how he always viewed his corporate jobs as a means to pay the bills rather than a fulfilling career. The turning point came when his wife, who has a successful career in Italy, would often present job opportunities in different cities, prompting John to quit his job and start anew each time.
Frustrated with this cycle, John envisioned a way to work remotely, leading him to explore the idea of inventing a product for online sales. While that idea didn’t materialize, he took a proactive step by building a WordPress website, initially focused on showcasing the top ten things to see in Florence. This venture ignited his interest in making money online, prompting him to explore various avenues. It was during this exploration that John discovered Tim Ferriss’s book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” which became a game-changer for him. The book inspired him to pursue a remote work lifestyle, and since then, he has never looked back. John reflects on how the book opened his mind to new possibilities and ultimately set him on the path to building his successful ecommerce business. The conversation captures John’s journey from corporate life to entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of resilience and adaptability in achieving a fulfilling and location-independent work life.