Who on Twitter inspired you to finally go from employee to self-employed (or side hustler)?
1. Pamela Slim. I followed Escape from Cubicle Nation, and the tips and stories were so valuable and inspiration as I made the transition to self-employed. Now, as a full-time entrepreneur, I still follow @pamslim for ideas, inspiration and resources.
2. Chris Guillebeau. @chrisguillebeau was the very first person l found who showed me what's possible as a self-employed entrepreneur. I left my job over two years ago and haven't looked back since – in large part to his advice.
3. Gary Vaynerchuk. @garyvee is a huge inspiration to many people. His passion for entrepreneurship and business is just so inspiring, it makes you want to join in.
4. Patrick McKenzie. @patio11 makes the leap from employee to self-employed simple for software engineers. There isn't anyone out there that shares as much knowledge about marketing software products as him.
5. Chris Brogan. @chrisbrogran was one of the first people I started follow on Twitter way back when. I found the way that he did business very appealing, as well as inspirational. He made a point of sharing valuable information and it helped me quite a bit.
6. Brent Beshore. @BrentBeshore , the CEO of AdVentures, inspired me to take the leap into the crazy world of entrepreneurship.
7. Chad Roffers. @ChadRoffers was my original mentor. He challenged my perceptions and got me to think bigger. He encouraged me to get a budget together and gave me the courage and self-confidence I needed to believe in myself and jump off the entrepreneurial cliff.
8. Jeff Keni Pulver. @JeffPulver is the founder of the State of NOW in New York. My business partner met and heard him at fashion140, and we have both been following him ever since. His tweets and retweets demystifies a lot of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in the social media age.
9. Tim Ferriss. After reading The 4-Hour Workweek and reading Tim's blog and Twitter @tferriss, I knew it was time to start something on my own and escape the corporate grind.
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