Join the Conversation Add Your Comment

  1. Igor@bookMockup

    Your work as well as this article is certanly exceptional, and thank you for sharing it! I enjoy reading your blog posts each time and learn from them too! I wish you much success in the future, keep it up!

  2. Loz James

    Hi Peep

    It’s often the case that success rises from the ashes of a so-called ‘failure’ – like losing investment or a job etc. However, I hesitate to use the word failure because it seems to me the people who are truly successful never see things in such a negative way.

    Top entrepreneurs tend to view ‘failures’ as nothing more than ‘set backs’ on the road to bettering themselves or their business. In this context, it’s actually hard to be truly successful without having experienced a few ‘set backs’ along the way. I guess it’s a glass half full thing :-)



    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Well of course – fall down 7 times, get up 8 ;) We don’t have problems, only challenges

  3. Shaun

    This is gold, exceptional blog post. I have a feeling I will be coming back to read this again and again. I’m curious, with your Markitekt project, how are you outsourcing? Do you have employees in an office or is it outsourced to VA’s?

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Thanks. No VAs, own staff in an office… but in 3 countries

  4. Johannes

    Hey Peep, this article rocks! I have done it in a similar way and enjoy beeing able to work from anywhere I want. Can only recommend anyone who is reading this and want to do the same to take your advice seriously. What were your favourite places you worked from so far?

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Thanks Johannes. I loved Panama, it’s so beautiful. US is convenient as lots of cool entrepreneurs are here, and it’s easy to reach out and get to know them.

    2. Johannes

      Hi Peep,
      definitley agree on Panama. I’ve only been to Bocas del Toro so far but was quite impressed. Actually a good amount of “Digital Nomads” roaming around there;-).

  5. Alessandro

    Your blog is the number one in my feed list. Every time you write, i get excited because your contents are very great. I don’t completly understand why you share similar great informations with us but… Thank You for doing it! This post is very welcome because now i known a little bit more about you. Great inspiration!

  6. Kenny Fabre


    first off great job on actually been to dubai before,, went to the place and I loved it, it has so much happy energy over there.

    on a real note one of the real points that resonates with me is “finding something you love” that is the key to being happy in life and being successful in business id say

  7. Austin Davidson

    Fantastic post! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story… really related to it and found myself hugely inspired to aim higher and tighten my focus.

  8. Jeremy Webb

    Your blog is always interesting and innovative, but this is a sublime post on the ups, downs and lessons of internet entrepreneurship. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

  9. Great article Peep. I am 27 years old and exactly where you were when you just realized that working for others is not for you. I am there now and I couldn’t stand my boss bragging about his $150K speed boat he takes his kids on or the cottage east of our city, and somehow the business was always in the hole.

    I left not looking back. I set up New Media Sources and am still waiting for a designer to work on my wireframes. The site I have up is just temporary. I am freelancing at the moment and on the verge of setting up my business with an investor that is interested. I turned down 3 jobs this summer.

    However, I have one issue. My wife is a full time engineer student and there is no way she can work based on her course load. Its very expensive in Vancouver and not having a contract could mean you’re very well behind on your payments. I don’t care though, what I envision must happen much like yourself. This is why I take to your blog and see the potential in myself. You may not know it but you give inspiration to us young buck entrepreneurs.

    Were going to design my wireframes probably in the next 2 months. I would love your opinion when its done.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Once again, it just gave me more to be inspired on.

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Don’t spit in the old well before the new one is ready, as the saying goes. Having a job is the best way to make money in the short term. If you’re behind in your payments, get a job – just put in the extra hours after work and on the weekends to build up your own gig to a point where it’s making some money. Or hustle like crazy.

    2. What I’m doing exactly at the moment :)

  10. Victor Giraldo

    I like very much your post, in this current moment in my life I see it like a providence, it encourages me to continue pursuing my dreams, and the way I’ll materialize them are very similar the way you did.

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      YEah man, go for your dreams. Everything you pursue in this world is hard. Every business is hard. So might as well do the one you really want and enjoy.

  11. Fernando

    Peep, awesome post man. Very inspirational. I like the answer you gave to many of the commenters too. Don’t quit your job yet….I wish I had told myself that a couple of years ago when I quit my job with only one client on the side and another possible client that never materialized. I had to scramble, get another job, quit again, got behind on mortgage payments, got another job, quit again, and then got another job. I’m doing it different now – slow and steady, not spitting in my well while I’m building an irrigation system.

    I also identified with your dilemma of not knowing what to do with your life. I have SO MANY THNGS I want to do, and yet I get frustrated that there’s not enough time to learn it all and do it all, and also spend time with my family and get some sleep too. I feel like if I decide on one course of action, I’ll be missing out on the others that I decided not to do.

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Thanks so much Fernando. Choice is indeed evil (scientifically proven to make people unhappy) and grass always greener. Just one of those things in life, I think.

  12. Michael Yardney

    Thanks great blog!
    Lots of great lessons there.
    Plus a hidden one – the power of telling stories. It was a long post but kept me spellbound and interested because you told stories rather than boring facts

    Keep up the great work

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Thanks, I’m glad – I was a bit worried about the length :)

    1. Peep Laja Peep Laja

      Wicked. Good luck with your ventures!

  13. Ricardo Caicedo

    Thanks for the business and life lessons, it really motivated me.
    I’m also starting my first internet business, although the only thing I have right now is the idea. You just made me realize that it’s better to start early than to wait.

  14. Pete Kici

    Never met you until now but your are on the numbers, I preach trading time for money and what am I doing trading time for money like you said Rent and eating every now and then is nice. You gave me a great idea and would love to share it here but not until I am making it work I will put you on my RSS feed and see you in the future
    Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences

  15. Garry Ponus

    Hi Peep

    this is quite seriously one of the best blogs I’ve ever read – by far. Maybe it’s just that it’s the perfect message for me at the perfect time, but I found it to be a fascinating insight into the life of a fellow online entrepreneur.

    Thanks for sharing!


  16. Tambet Nugin

    Tere Peep. Suurepärane artikkel nagu ka kõik teised sinu postitused. Sinu blogipostitus nimega” This I believe ” on viimasel ajal olnud minu inspiratsioon number 1. Mõtlen alati sellele ja juba esimestel päevadel tundsin, et mõtlemist muutes on võimalik saavutada väga palju. Aitäh Sulle selle eest!

    Ise olen äsja 20 saanud noormees ning mul on tõesti erakordselt hea äriline vaist, oma esimese väikese bisnessi kuluraha teenimiseks tegin juba 6 aastaselt. Iga päev jookseb minu mõtetest läbi väga palju erinevaid ideid, kuidas teenida ärindusega raha. Ma näen võimalusi mida näevad väga vähesed ning äsja alustasin äriplaani kirjutamist ühe väga innovaatilise äriidee elluviimiseks. Teile, kui suurele reisihuvilisele see idee kindlasti meeldiks.

    Mul on olemas peaaegu kõik vajalik. Olen meeletult motiveeritud, võin minna läbi tule ja vee, et oma esimest tõelist äri alustada. Ma usun endasse ja tean, et oleksin edukas. Minu mindset on tõsiselt hästi treenitud, seda eelkõige tänu Teile ning sir Richard Bransonile. Siiski, on puudu üks ülimalt tähtis osa. Raha. Olen tudeng ning lihtsalt ära elamine võtab palju raha, pole kusagilt seda säästa ka. Olen tõesti mõelnud kõikvõimalikke variante, aga ilma rahata raha ei tee.
    Usun, et saan EAS-st toetust oma plaani elluviimiseks, aga seda on siiski vähe.
    Ehk oskate Teie mulle mõne soovituse anda? Kuidas peaksin käituma, et ületada antud finantsraskused?
    Oleksin iga nõuande eest väga tänulik.

    Tambet Nugin

  17. Mark Copeman

    Peep – awesome story. Great to find out about your background.
    The link on this post goes to something I wrote a couple of years ago – 63 lessons learnt after 2 years as an entrepreneur. In a similar vein to this post. Your readers may enjoy another perspective.

    Here’s to your ongoing success.


  18. Virko

    Hi Peep

    You are my hero those days!
    I`ve been entrerpreneur last 18 years and this time has been for me like driving a roller coaster. And now is time, where the wagon is down and it is time to look for new opportunities. My next target is online entrepreneurship and blogging and You are real inspirator for that!

    Thank You,

  19. Ashish Rai

    Brilliant words of wisdom, Peep! Makes me want to come back again and again to read this. (already second time).

    AMEN to this –> “You don’t need to have it all figured out when you start. Just get going. The hardest part about getting started is getting started.”

  20. I seem to have pieces but not the timing to put everything together to make some money, though along with your article this was also in my inbox.
    “If your business, relationship, or life is stuck, tell more truth about where your joy lives and move with it. ~ Alan Cohen” I was planning to journal, but maybe your life purpose may be the extra focus I need.
    PS I met two lovely Estonian ladies last week as we were picking apples.

  21. Gemma D Lou

    Hey Peep
    Very informative. Very very informative. I liked how you saw an opportunity to offer a marketing service. Brave, and daring. Loved this article.

  22. Damir Plejic

    Great post, very inspirational. I hope I’m also on the same path. Thank you!

  23. Virko

    One more thing. One some reason I started thinking about this article. And finaly I realized why. Peep, you are talking about your expierences and You made conclusions. They all are very useful. But the main lesson here is: we must live all our lives like this – everytime we should analyze our successes and failures. This is the only way we can learn something for the future and be more effective. There are so many cases when people just repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

  24. Roshan

    Really worth implementing and taking into action


    Excellent post. Really valuable collection of life lessons that all entrepreneurs should read through.

  26. Boris

    Superb article, my entreprneurial adventure is quite similar to yours (though i’m in france).
    I think I’m one step behind you , havn’t gone back to agency phase but it will happen soon !

  27. Free Internet Marketing Ebook

    Good post. I will be experiencing many of these issues as well..

  28. Pretty

    Your posts are simply awesome. I just feel to read, read and read. Thank you so much for the useful informations. :)

  29. Jorge

    Great article, i believe your success comes from what you are willing to give, and not what you look to get from people. Great story, very well condensed and written, keep on giving and sharing, you freely received it, you should freely share it….

Comments are closed.

Current article:

32 Business and Life Lessons: What I Learned Running Companies on 4 Different Continents