5 min 54 sec

A Life of Travel Leads to a House-Designing Hustle

A Pacific Northwest couple travels full-time but still brings in over $60,000/year designing “tiny” houses and alternative living spaces.
Architecture Design Location Independent Service Tiny Houses

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What It's About

A passion project that made $65,000 last year even as the couple who operates it focus more on traveling and running their lives than they do growing their business.

Business Model
Skills Required
Architecture & Design
Profit Potential

Words of Wisdom

Bryan and Jen say that they are anything but dangerous (quite the opposite, really), but somewhere along the line their friends started calling them the "Dangers." They took risks that many of their friends would not have, but that's also a large part of why their side hustle, Zenbox, has been so successful.

When you think about risk, remember that NOT following your dreams or starting your side hustle may be far riskier than making a more active choice.

Fun Fact

Zenbox is a passion project, not one they do for money, but they’ve been pleasantly surprised with the travel and spending money that has come from it.

Even without focusing on revenue, the project brought in $65,000 with 20 clients their first full year in business. They are intentional about choosing clients based on a good fit of personality, goals, design aesthetic, and communication style.

Notes from Chris

Episode 67

Sometimes you have to take one step before you can see the others. You don't necessarily see the end of the road, you just know you need to start walking.

Then, your vision expands as your confidence grows. With experience, you realize that what you initially imagined was just the beginning.

One idea leads to another, but without taking that first step, you'll remain stuck. Today's story is all about how one couple became "unstuck" as they answered the call of adventure.


  • Zenbox Design: More about the Dangers and their multi-disciplinary design studio

Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,

Chris Guillebeau



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