Financial independence—having enough savings, investments, and cash to afford the lifestyle you want for yourself and your family—is an important goal for many people. It also means growing a nest egg that will allow you to retire or pursue any career without being encumbered by the need to earn a certain amount each year.

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Idea: Music Submission Platform”While in DC, I kicked off a music blog called Indie Shuffle (as a hobby). I quickly became hooked on the “game” of generating more visits, and in the process started to teach myself the fundamentals of front-end development. By the time 2013 rolled around, the blog had become a full-fledged online publishing company, and I was ready to make it my main focus.

One of the biggest frustrations of running my music blog was that by the time I took it full-time, I was receiving upwards of 300 email pitches a day from artists, record labels, and publicists, all looking to have their music featured on Indie Shuffle. After a while I simply started ignoring them, though I knew in the back of my head that there had to be a better way.

Then, toward the end of last year, I decided that a good way to learn some new coding languages would be to try and solve this problem by developing a website to streamline the process. And thus, SubmitHub was born.

The idea was simple: interested parties could send their songs (SoundCloud or YouTube) to Indie Shuffle on SubmitHub. We would then receive the submissions in a consistent feed from which we could either give it a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” — the former meant that we were planning to blog it; the latter meant that we weren’t interested. In the back of my head, I figured it might be possible to one day charge a small fee in exchange for a few words about why we weren’t interested. (e.g. “You can’t sing in tune.”)

At the time, my main focus was on solving my own problem. I hadn’t given much consideration to the thousands of other music blogs who might want to use it. I suppose in that sense I was lucky: I was already “part of the problem” and therefore had a good understanding of what was needed to “solve” it.”

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