Who is Everett Bogue?
I’m Everett Bogue! I’m the author of The Art of Being Minimalist, and Minimalist Business. I blog at Far Beyond The Stars. I’m a 25 year old full-time writer who works out Oakland, CA. In my spare time I practice a lot of Yoga in San Francisco.
Where and when did you start’s Minimalist?
Last summer I decided I didn’t want to have a job anymore. I’d been working full-time in New York for a number of years, and I was sick of the rat race. So, doing what any normal person would do, I just up and quit with $3,000 in my bank account during a recession. In order to survive, I had to learn how to live without money. This led me to Minimalism, and where I am today.
Best thing about Minimalist?
Having free time. When you aren’t spending tons of money on junk you don’t need, you don’t have to work as much. I probably work around 2 hours a day, and the rest of the time I invest in bettering myself and others.
What does your typical day look like?
I’ll wake up, roll out of bed and make a fruit smoothie. Then I wander out into the world and get a cup of coffee somewhere. I’ll write a blog post, answer some email, check in with people on Twitter. Then I head to Yoga to the People in San Francisco and get centered.
What do you do in your free time?
Oh man! All sorts of things. I try not to plan too much, so I’ll meet up with someone random and we’ll pick a random direction to walk in and see where it leads.
Current favorite apps?
Evernote! I couldn’t live without it.
Small picture for your Workplace?
This is where I’m working today. I change it up most days. Today I’m at a coffee shop in Alameda, CA.
Name something that has inspired you recently?
I just received a review copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book The Art of Non-Conformity. I’m halfway through and it’s really blowing my mind. Chris tells the truth about self-employment, and how to break out of the status-quo. It sounds cheesy, but it really works. Once you’re on the other side you realize that most people are trapped inside this bubble of what they think reality is. When in fact that can define your reality as anything.
What do you prefer (and why)? Freelance work or full time employment?
I don’t do either actually. I realize that most people are either freelancers or wage slaves. I’m in the self-employed camp. I learned how to use the Internet to automatically distribute media to people for free in order to make a living wage.
What are your personal projects and goals for 2010?
I’ve decided that I’m going to launch a Far Beyond The Stars MBA (Minimalist Business Academy) program. It’ll be a 3-month intensive, designed to bring your online business to the next level, or build one from the ground up, based off my e-book Minimalist Business. It won’t be for everyone, and I’ll probably cap the program at 15-20 people, but it will be worth it for people who are involved in making change in the world.