Sun, 30 December 2012
In under 24 hours we will be welcoming in 2013. So how are we going to make this new year stellar?
How can we quit making resolutions that fall apart in the first week, and habits that just don't stick?
Well I've done something a little different in this podcast episode. I've spilled the beans on how I set goals to achieve the business success I desire and how you can too.
That's right sugar, it's just you and me. No special guest today. It's time to focus.
When we ONLY focus on our vision for our business and our life, then it makes it much easier to do everything in our power to make that vision a reality.
Each of our goals we set, and the strategies and objectives that support them, suddenly become so much more doable, because we have the big picture staring us in the face.
We have the WHY we're doing what we're doing. Then we do everything in our power to stay true to it.
Focus On Doing Less And Achieving More
The reason most people fail to keep their New Year Resolutions or stick to their well intentioned new habits is because they have made it too difficult from the get go.
I'm sure you're just as guilty as I've been in the past when it comes to New Year resolutions.
You go ahead and write down ten or more wondrous goals you'd like to achieve that are not really realistic or aligned with anything you have on your calendar already for 2013.
In fact I just found my old note book from 2011 and wondered how on earth I ever thought I'd achieve every one of my ridiculous goals. They were so out of whack.
Needless to say I think I only achieved 30% of them, and we can agree that sucks in terms of a success rating.
What you'll learn in this Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast Episode
Your One Page Business Plan
Cos I'm a generous kind of gal, as I mention in my podcast, I am giving you my One Page Business Plan template for a tweet or share on Facebook
Normally just reserved for the wonderful people who buy my BYOB guide, today is your lucky day!
But by putting this highly valuable document in your hands, I'm charging you with actually COMPLETING it, otherwise it's useless.
Oh and today would be the perfect day to put aside up to 60 minutes to do just that.
Holding yourself accountable
There's just one more thing I don't talk about in this episode, that I think is highly important and the real clincher, in my mind, to keep your momentum and stay focused on your goals.
That is accountability - whether in the form of an accountability partner, a mentor, a really good friend who will kick your ass or a coach.
You know there's a reason why you get in shape with a personal trainer at the gym, they hold you accountable to turn up and do the workout.
They encourage and incentivize you to achieve your goals, and whip you into shape when you get lazy.
I get a dose of this myself when I speak to my two weekly accountability partners and through a number of Facebook Groups I belong to. It really works!
New Year Recommendation
Might I suggest if you really want to be inspired in 2013, to check out The 2013 Create Your Incredible Year workbook, planner & calendar.
It's an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or busines (or both!).
Leonie Dawson is the creator of these beautifully vibrant workbooks that have helped thousands get amazing results, over the 4 years she's been producing them.
It’s definitely one of the best planning tools available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet!
Perfect for entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, coaches, teachers of all ages, the workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar.
Sun, 16 December 2012
Micki and Charles Kosman have been to numerous locations around the globe and have been traveling and living in different destinations for over 10 years now.
They both love travel and technology and have managed to combine both their loves into living a barefoot nomad lifestyle on their own terms.
Both Micki and Charles have a background in IT and so used to take on contracts for 6 months, save up and then take off for 6 months on their travels. That worked really successfully for a while, but then they realised they weren't truly living their ideal lifestyle.
It was fun living a full life while they were traveling, but coming back to a cubicle and working on these contracts after their travels was soul crushing.
So earlier this year they decided to take a big leap of faith, forgo the golden handcuffs (Micki's term for a secure income) and go it alone, by using their IT skills to build their niche website on travel insurance and run their travel blog The Barefoot Nomad.
A big part of this has come from having a family in tow too. As a result they have changed their traveling habits over the years from light backpacks and dodgy hostels to larger backpacks and reputable accommodations, to basing themselves in one place for a year and going on multiple adventures from there.
They simply adore travel and love to share that joy with their children who have been lucky enough to head on adventures to Cuba, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the USA, with more to come.
They're currently in Kamloops, Canada for a 1 year contract and to enjoy their time with friends and family after being in Hawai, and spending two months in Mexico and two months in Costa Rica.
If you want to know how to travel like this and live life on your terms then this episode of the Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast is for you.
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 2:27pm EST
Mon, 3 December 2012
Johnny B Truant make 5 figures a month from being himself and doing internet marketing the wrong way. Learn how from this master storyteller in this podcast.
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Internet Marketing Done Differently
Johnny B Truant runs a different kind of business that tends to buck the traditional view you may have of `slimy internet marketers'. He's built a 5 figure monthly revenue business from doing internet marketing wrong.
By that I mean not spending a dime on advertising, not writing about ways to make money online, and not focusing on growing a huge email list. He instead focuses on building a tribe.
How he does that is by story telling. He's the master of it, that and being himself. It's not uncommon to read various profanities on his blog or hear them on his two
He is content to be his own unique self, to please his tribe and not others just for the sake of it, to be less than perfect and to provide epic value to create raving fans who are dying to work with you.podcasts.
He's the `cool guy' on the web. You and I have a lot to learn from him, so let's get cracking.
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 6:14am EST
Sun, 18 November 2012
Amy Porterfield is a powerful social media strategist and co-author of Facebook Marketing All in One for Dummies. She's also built an impressive business based on becoming an expert in a very popular niche and in this podcast she shares her tips for using social media to make your small business thrive.
Amy's entrepreneurial spirit stems back to her father who instilled the message that being your own boss was the only path to freedom. Even though he loved his job as a fireman, he explained that freedom was waking up excited to work for yourself on work that you love and create.
And so Amy ventured out to start her own business after gaining experience working for several bosses. One of these was the Tony Robins, a world famous Peak Performance Coach and one of my personal heroes.
Amy worked directly with Tony for over 6 years in the field of content development for his personal development business. She learned how to turn Tony's inspirational ideas into audio and visual products.
This was a stepping stone of learning behind the scenes of how to develop product content, marketing campaigns, and helping with product launches of $10 million. She took that knowledge to launch her own business a few years back which came about through strategic networking.
After attending BlogWorld she was introduced and offered to co-author Facebook Marketing All in One for Dummies. She now focuses on coaching for small businesses and entrepreneurs on how to use Facebook for online marketing to leverage leads into sales.
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 11:00pm EST
Sun, 4 November 2012
How To Travel And Live Virtually For Free While Running Multiple Businesses with Hannah Vallance and Chris Alford [Podcast]
Love. Play. Work. That's what this location independent couple live for while traveling the world and running their online businesses. They also help people like you reach location independency through their training products and programs, so that your dream lifestyle becomes a reality.
Hannah Vallance and Chris Alford are a lovely couple from the UK that used to work in the 9-5 jobs. They dreaded Sunday evenings -- that desperate feeling of wanting the weekend to last a little longer ,and that awful feeling of overwhelm from thinking about the upcoming week's worth of work.
Together as a married team, they set about spending their spare time focusing on building their online business and giving up 9-5 to travel the world, with many trial and errors along the way.
Four years later, with growth in all four of their online businesses, and traveling to 15 countries, many people asked how they managed to build their lives and businesses while traveling. And so their website Love Play Work was born to show people how to manage online businesses, but also to teach how to keep a healthy marriage while building a business together.
Hannah and Chris also know, that even though they could escape the 9-5 lifestyle, they still have the responsibility of paying their home mortgage. So how are they able to leave their home base?
They have become Home Exchange experts, allowing them to leave their home in exchange for accommodation elsewhere in other countries, reducing much of their travel expense, and giving them wonderful opportunities to experience a home away from home.
This is something I think is particularly cool to do, especially if you're a home owner and wanting more flexibility in your life.
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Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 3:22pm EST
Mon, 22 October 2012
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Category:Personal Development -- posted at: 3:00am EST
Sat, 6 October 2012
Have you ever read a blog that combines both psychology and online marketing insight to help you find out what your audience is thinking?
Well, Derek Halpern is the genius behind Social Triggers - his blog that uses psychology to boost his and his clients' traffic and online sales. He has quite an amusing and funny story of how he got started. You will just have to listen in on this upbeat podcast below to find out!
Previously, he gained his experience building successful websites in the entertainment and fashion industry. His secret was to choose a specific niche that it seems almost ridiculous. For example, in the highly competitive niche of online marketing, Derek is almost the only one combining psychology to online marketing and as a result he's been able to grow his blog by 17,000 subscribers in only 11 months.
Derek advises to take your time to define a clear USP, or Unique Selling Proposition, which he defines as a characteristic that addresses the need of your specific targeted market.
In fact he is adamant that you must learn about human psychology to get traffic and sales online.
If you know what makes people “tick,” it’s easier to get their attention and keep it. [Click to tweet this]
It’s also easier to get them to take some form of action (like buying or talking). Derek provides a ton of valuable nuggets just like this in just 30 minutes.
Sit back and be prepared to learn a lot that you can go and implement in your online business, right now.
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Direct download: 32_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series-_Derek_Halpern.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 11:30pm EST
Sun, 23 September 2012
Like many people, Matt Keynes dreamed of leaving his office job to travel to far flung places.
In 2005 he used some of his short vacation time to head off to Costa Rica and promptly got addicted to travel. He made another trip that year to Thailand and met some backpackers who changed his perspective on existing vs really living, and that it was possible to make your own living and travel the world.
After coming back to the US after his trip and going back to the cubicle lifestyle, he decided he just needed to quit ad go traveling again. So he finished his MBA, built a website in 3 months, quit his job and embarked on a year long adventure in 2006. He loved it so much that he extended his travels for an extra 6 months.
He started his blog NomadicMatt.com originally to act as an online resume, because what he really wanted to do was become a travel writer for the mega successful Lonely Planet guidebook company.
However, before long his blog got more and more popular and started taking up much of his time. It also started to make him money through multiple revenue streams like recommending affiliate products for travelers.
Matt now makes a full time living as a travel blogger by providing expert traveling tips for short term or long term travel including finding cheap flights, cheap accomodation, and cheap ways to eat overseas.
Plus, like me, he's a firm believer that a lifestyle of longterm travel is entirely possible on a minimum budget, as he explains explicitly in Matt's 134 page guide "How to Travel The World on $50 a Day."
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 8:55pm EST
Fri, 7 September 2012
I am really not sure Chris Guillebeau needs any introduction here, or around the world.
This is the man who has traveled to almost every country in the world, while writing one of the most popular blogs online - The Art of Non Conformity, publishing a best-selling book of the same name, and recently publishing another, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Just in case you thought he wasn't doing enough for us rebels, digital nomads, artists, authors, bloggers and travelers, he decided to found the World Domination Summit in 2011. I have written many insights from this summit.
This is a weekend like no other, where people from around the world gather to find out How to live a remarkable life in a confomist world, and have it sellout two years in a row in a matter of minutes.
Throughout it all, Chris remains incredibly humble, and committed to being a writer, traveler and helping people take over the world.
He is generous with his time and energy, and gives thousands of interviews every year. In fact this post Can you achieve world domination and live the life you want on my blog is still one of the most popular.
In amongst all this, Chris is the inspiration behind my $100 Change initiative - after he gave 1,000 attendees $100 to start something special at the recent World Domination Summit.
He has a wealth of information, insight and advice to share on starting a business that matters, leading a remarkable life and building a digital empire that started with a vision, a blog and a desire to good things for himself and for others.
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 1:02pm EST
Sat, 25 August 2012
Born in the UK, Annabel Candy has traveled to over 40 countries, lived in eight of them and holds both British and Kiwi passports. She's now living in Australia, writing travel stories, sharing blogging tips, and designing effective, and user-friendly websites.
In this interview Annabel takes us through her entire journey to how she's managed to make a full time living and lifestyle from blogging and travelling, and having a ball of a time along the way.
It all starts with her passion for writing, back when Annabel didn't even know what the term "blog" meant, to her current status as the owner of Successful Blogging and Get In The Hot Spot - her travel blog with over 20,000 readers a month.
Annabel started her first blog, Get in the Hot Spot, with quite a radical tag line of "Naked travel Stories and travel tips", so she could share her passion as a travel writer.
After a year of blogging, her readers started inquiring about blogging tips as well and she struggled to separate out the two.
So she felt the need to express her blogging tips in another outlet thus, Successful Blogging was born.
She became known in her field as a copywriter, social media marketing consultant, and designer of websites for small businesses.
Later this lead to open up her web design company with her husband, Mucho.
Annabel has so much to share about blogging and building a successful business. Her passion and honesty and down to earth nature, shines through in this interview and I know you'll enjoy it.
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Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 10:00pm EST