I’m obsessed with business and living a more purposeful life.

Thinking I was going to be a college English professor, I went and got an M.A. in English. But now I make software and help people grow their business. Go figure.

My life is chock full of apps right now. I’m the co-founder of Closeup.fm, and I love supporting artists and entrepreneurs any way I can.

I’m good at making problems go away and helping businesses grow. What gets me up in the morning is helping people figure out what they love and then helping them tap their potential. My superhero power is probably encouragement.

You might say I’m a vocational storyteller with a passion for personal transformation. I’m obsessed with business and living a more purposeful life.

Writing will always be my passion, and right now, my favorite topics are branding, pricing, sales, attracting better clients, and client relations.

Austin L. Church

I’m easy to find on the web, say hi on Twitter or subscribe to my newsletter, Coffee with Austin.

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1982-1996ish
Lots of farting around & falling in love; bream fishing; starting little business enterprises to pay for Rooster Tail lures.
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2000
Went flyfishing for the first time in the Smokies & caught a little Rainbow trout on an Adams dry fly; I was hooked.
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2001-2005
More farting around; lots of travel in Europe & Central America; heard some good news: saving the world isn’t up to me.
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2005
Graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English; speaking of, where is that piece of paper now?
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2005-2006
Taught high school English, though “taught” is a generous word; found my first gray hair.
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2006-2007
Moved to Knoxville; started grad school; didn’t die.
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2008
Graduated from UT Knoxville with a Master of Arts in English; got a job at a marketing firm; learned a valuable lesson: art and commerce do, in fact, mix.
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2009
Started my own creative services business called Bright Newt; published “Polite Men with Matches” in Connecticut Review.
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2010
Won Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize for “Deer Hunting in Wartime”; married the lovely Megan Pearl.
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2011
Finished the Country Music Marathon; ran Ragnar Relay; Bright Newt expanded into software development.
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2012
Published my first app Mustache Bash; finished Nanowrimo (50,000 words in 30 days).
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2013
Welcomed Salem Pearl into the world; learned to sell shovels rather than go prospecting for gold; co-founded Closeup.fm.
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2014
Passed 1,000,000 in travel hacking miles and points; survived two startup accelerators; bought Megan a Honda Odyssey minivan & had a small identity crisis as a result.
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2015
Sold the Bright Newt app portfolio; took comfort in Adam Grant’s book Give and Take; welcomed Theodore Roger into the world
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2016
Released Earn What You’re Worth book; hosted SPACE Retreats 001, 002, and 003; averaged at least one blog post per week; went to Greece for the first time; spoke at DYF Conf; sold largest single writing project to date; named to Knoxville’s 40 under 40; started working on Grabbling picture book in earnest.
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2017
Wrapped up successful Grabbling Kickstarter campaign; turned 35 (Am I officially middle-aged now?); hosted SPACE Retreats 004 & 005; spoke at MicroConf; started working out again (gently).
Austin L. Church Family

Do you want to build a profitable business you love?

Duh. Pony up that email address, and you can learn from my failures. You can laugh at my mistakes. You can envy my success at croquet, slow running, and modest bank accounts. Let’s make good money and leave the world better than we found it.

No-nonsense business advice for content writers and freelancers. Served warm with a side of dad jokes.

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