Team Frugal: Matt Sheldon

Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.

Matt Sheldon has yet to accomplish his dreams of becoming a first division professional soccer player but that doesn’t take away the fact that he is a professional soccer player. His career has taken him all over the world to leagues in Germany, United States, and New Zealand. What’s so great about Sheldon is that he’s shared his story along the way. He’s amassed a social media following over a quarter of a million people mainly from his Youtube channel. He’s also created businesses specific to his career. There are very few American born soccer players with as big of a following and platform as Matt Sheldon.

Simply by sharing his story and taking advantage of Youtube, Sheldon has been able to work with various companies and create a source of income to complement his soccer salary. Matt Sheldon is a great example for all athletes that you don’t have to wait until you reach the biggest stage to take advantage of your platform. Your story and experiences are gravitating. Whether you use it to network with people you admire, share your story with fans, or to build a business that will last after your career is over, it’s better to just start. Matt Sheldon has not only created something that will have an impact whenever his career is done but he’s acquired unique skills like video editing, brand marketing, negotiating, and marketing simply by thinking of himself as a business.