The Wealthy Freelancer is Me!

by Phil Bundy on March 18, 2010

Last year, I was interviewed by Ed Gandia, who was working on an interesting book project about freelancing with fellow writers Pete Savage and Steve Slaunwhite. Recently, I received a signed copy of The Wealthy Freelancer, the result of the authors’ work which has just been released by Alpha Books of the Penguin Group.

As a practical guide, the well-organized book identifies 12 valuable secrets for consultants, independent contractors, and solo professionals. I am featured in the 11th chapter: Live and Work in the Wealthy Triangle. Ed and his co-authors wrote about my sports marketing business as well as my quest to play on the PGA Tour.

In documenting my effort to play on the PGA Tour, I have intentionally talked very little about my business. My quest is a personal journey inspired by my son that will hopefully encourage him to always follow his dreams.

Still, my 20-year career in golf marketing has placed me in a unique position to pursue my goal. Using my experience as an entrepreneur, I originally planned my effort as a project and wrote a document that resembles a business plan, and my large network of golf industry contacts has served me very well as I have recruited a Dream Team to help me achieve success.

Further, the synergies in my business and my quest offer the opportunity for me to continue serving clients while pursuing my personal goal. As I told Ed, if I was sitting in an office as an attorney or accountant, I would never have had the chance to embark on my journey.

If a wealthy freelancer is a person who has awesome clients, great friends, a wonderful family, and the chance to pursue a meaningful personal dream, I am rich indeed.

Stay tuned: In the future, I may blog more about business and marketing, especially how my sports marketing business and the golf industry impacts my quest.

Ed, I appreciate you and your co-authors including my story in your manuscript, and thanks for the signed copy, which now sits on a special shelf with other autographed books.

Please share a comment and tell me how you have pursued your own work and personal goals. Also, let me know if you are interested in reading more about the business of golf as I continue to document my quest.

03.30.10 Update: I just received another copy of The Wealthy Freelancer from the publisher, which I will give away in a drawing. To be eligible for a free copy of the book, just join my Facebook page at The winner will be announced from fans as of April 15, 2010. Good luck!

Until next time, enjoy golf, America!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Marci Diehl March 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I have admired your success and vision since the day I “met” you on Twitter.

“If a wealthy freelancer is a person who has awesome clients, great friends, a wonderful family, and the chance to pursue a meaningful personal dream, I am rich indeed.”

— That’s my favorite philosophy, Phil. I’m blessed to have that kind of wealth.

Ed Gandia March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

Phil – I just absolutely love your story. I, too, am a family man. And for me, being a “wealthy freelancer” means, among other things, having the freedom and flexibility to be home every day. It means being here to cook dinner and having a family dinner every night (I’m the cook in my house!). It means making every little league baseball game and practice. It means being there at all the school activities. It means being able to take every weekend off (or at least 50 out of 52 weekends/yr).

To do that, I have to have a business that enables me to chart my course… and to earn a great living. The combination of a high income with the freedom to choose is powerful when used wisely.

I wish you all the best in your journey. You’re an inspiration to more people than you know, and I was honored to feature you in my book!

Phil Bundy March 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hey Marci, Thanks for sharing your comment… You are definitely a “wealthy freelancer” to me!

Phil Bundy March 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

Hi Ed, Thanks for your kind words. Congratulations on a great book, which has truly enlightened me on effective freelancing. I hope you and your family enjoy an awesome little league baseball season!

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