Introducing my new eBook (and a sample chapter)!

Start a Computer Business BookI’m excited to announce the release of my first full-length premium eBook called How to Quit Your Job and Start a Computer Business!

Are you currently working a full time job and want to know how to start a computer business with as little risk as possible?

Are you running a business part time, but don’t know how to get to the point where you can quit your job?

Do you want a computer business, but aren’t sure how to get started?

If you answered YES to any of those questions then this is the book for you. I wrote it for people who want to start a computer business, or go from running it part-time to full-time.

This book is literally the culmination of 5 years that I’ve spent writing my blog and building my computer business. It’s all the lessons I’ve learned packed into 20 chapters of actionable easy-to-follow content.

I’ve heard from many of you who are struggling to figure out how to get your business started. It’s tough to do, especially when working another full time job. But I’ve been there, and in this book I take all the lessons I learned and lay out a road map for you to follow so you can build the business you’ve always dreamed of.

With that, I present to you the first chapter of the book so you can get a real idea if this is the book for you:

Chapter 1: The Most Important Question You Will Ever Ask

An excerpt from How to Quit Your Job and Start a Computer Business by Matthew Rodela

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of starting a computer business, it may do you some good to stop for a moment and think. After all, starting a computer business is a big deal. You probably don’t want to rush into such a big decision.

It’s important to ask yourself one vital question before reading any more of this book. It’s a question that many entrepreneurs don’t ask themselves, and their businesses and lives suffer because of it. It’s a question that I asked myself over and over again before, during, and even after starting my business.

That question is: Why am I doing this?

In other words, why do you want to quit your job and start a computer business? It may seem like a simple question with an easy answer. However, your answer helps determine if this whole “quit the rat race to start a business” thing is the right move for you.

An honest answer (and I mean honest) is imperative. Take a moment now to answer this question, and the write the answer down. It’s cool, I’ll wait.

[Whistling the Final Jeopardy Theme]

So…what is your answer? Let’s take a look at some common responses to this question. Do any of these ring a bell?

  • I hate my boss.
  • My current career is unfulfilling.
  • I’m not appreciated at my current job.
  • My commute is too long.

If any of those are your answer…stop! Those are great reasons to quit your job, but they are not reasons to start a computer business. You might as well just find another job that alleviates your problem and call it a day.
How about these?

  • I want to make more money.
  • I’m not making enough money at my current job.
  • I want to be rich!
  • I want to be the next Steve Jobs.

Let’s pause and consider the realities of financial ambition. In truth, starting a computer business is probably going to be a financial burden on you for months if not years after starting. While there is a potential to earn more money, there is no guarantee that your income will rise above your current level now or ever. So doing this for the money is not only a misguided answer, it’s also a misinformed one.

Maybe you answered more along these lines:

  • I want more freedom in my life.
  • I want to spend more time with my kids.
  • I want to be my own boss.
  • I want to choose the clients I work with.

While these answers are attainable, they are still not sufficient. These are the results that come from running a successful computer business, but they are not good reasons to start one. Starting a business is tough and it will try you and your resolve. You may not see any immediate tangible benefit at first, or at all. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the possibility that you’ll be working 10 hour days, 7 days a week for the foreseeable future.

The only reason you should quit your job and start a computer business is for a reason like this:

 I am doing this because I have a passion for working with people and technology and I have an entrepreneurial drive to start and grow a successful business.

That’s the kind of answer to the question that will ensure your success. Let’s examine the key underlined words in this answer to find out why it is so powerful.


First and foremost, you must be passionate about this. You’ve got to feel like you have no other choice but to build a computer business. It’s got to be a passion grounded in more than money or desperation. It must be a passion that burns deep inside you that will push you through the difficult times because there will be plenty of difficult times.

People and Technology

More than anything, computer consulting is about people. You should truly enjoy helping people with their computer problems. As a computer business owner you will be communicating with clients on a daily basis. You may be in their homes looking at private or sensitive information. It’s imperative that you have a good bedside manner, that you can relate to people, and that you can explain tech to people that are not technology-minded.

Entrepreneurial Drive

Simply having a passion for helping people with their computers is not enough. To start and grow a business you need to have an entrepreneurial drive. This is something that motivates you to build a business from the ground up. To spread the word, experiment with marketing, worry about the bottom line, and strive for growth. All require an independent spirit, and a thick skin.

Start and Grow

Make sure you have enough juice in the tank to get over the initial high of building your start-up. Many traditional entrepreneurs really get a charge from building something new, but they get bored with the day-to-day tasks of running the business. Unless your plan is to sell your business (which is fine, but that’s not what this book is about), you’ll want to make sure you’re okay with both the tough task of getting your business off the ground as well as the day to day drudgery of running the business.

Still Up for It?

Still think you have what it takes? Don’t worry if your answer didn’t exactly match mine. To set you up for success, I just want to make sure that you’re in it for the right reasons. The key word here is passion; and not simply a passion for the potential outcomes of a successful business (like money and freedom), but a passion for the work itself. You’ve got to want this more than anything else at this point in life. Anything less than that and your business will have a good chance of going down in flames once the going gets rough.

My goal here is not to dissuade you, but I also don’t want to sugar coat this. Building a successful computer business is a tough and daunting task, but it also has the potential to be the most rewarding experience of your life.

Now that we have the WHY figured out, let’s examine the WHAT.

If you think this book can help you out, please pick up your copy here! Then let me know what you think of the book in the comments below!

About Matthew Rodela

Matthew started YFNCG as a way to chronicle his journey in starting a computer business. It has grown to be a resource where anyone can learn to start and grow a computer business. When he's not running his business, Matthew spends his time playing Trumpet with the Maryland National Guard Band.

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  1. Brenda Osborne says

    Wow! Bravo!! As someone who preordered and has already read this book, all I can say is well-done! By far the best book of this kind I have ever read. If you work with computers in any capacity, you should read this book.

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