So I was driving in my car and I switched on the Online Marketing Made Easy podcast by Amy Porterfield.
The episode is #156 with Russell Brunson and it’s no joke when I tell you this is very likely one of the best podcasts I ever listened to. I listened to it THREE TIMES and I highly recommend you do, too… it’s here.
I got so many things from this podcast, so many, but one of the main things I did right away was this idea around creating a “cause” as Russell called it. He says that when there is some sort of future-based even you can create a movement. And it made so much sense to me. I also immediately knew what my cause was. I’m calling it my new business motto.
Life Can’t Wait. Life Won’t Wait.
We all want this lifestyle business freedom that I talk about because we want a LIFE. We want to have time for the things that come up without being bound to our computer and obligated to clients more than we are to our own families. We want to be able to drop everything to run and pick up a sick child at school, to be there for a parent who winds up in the hospital, to go celebrate a night out with a friend who’s gotten engaged or go stay with a friend who just had a baby and is feeling all kinds of overwhelmed.
I talk to people all the time who have life things coming up:
Family get sick.
They get sick.
Family passes away.
Pets pass away.
And on and on and on.
That’s the “bummer” side of it. The side that we don’t really WANT to deal with, but we must. These things don’t, won’t and can’t wait. Do we just ignore our business until they stop? No. No we don’t. That is, unless you think you’d like to get your business started in, uh, never.
No we MUST build our business AROUND our life.
Then there are the fun things in life. Those things don’t wait, either:
A prime example of this for me was when I had my daughter in January of 2014. My husband was working night shifts and I was pumping. My daughter was up wanting food what seemed like ALL THE TIME so if I wasn’t feeding her I was cleaning stuff and if I wasn’t cleaning I was pumping and if I wasn’t pumping I was trying to catch some resemblance of sleep for myself. It was TOUGH. There were not enough hours in the day. There were certainly no EXTRA hours in the day.
I can’t believe I managed to do it but I was able to spend as little a 30 MINUTES a week in some of those early weeks and still my business didn’t take a complete nosedive.
Now I had stuff in place BEFORE my daughter was born. I knew that having a baby would take me out of the game somewhat, I just had no idea how much time she would require (I guess I lost my memory form baby 1 who was already 11 at the time). So… life happened bit time but it was not going to wait. Here are some of the things I did beforehand to be sure I’d be able to keep income coming in during the busy times:
YES… I know what it’s like when life happens and I know that you can do so many incredible things you don’t even KNOW you can do yet.
I would love to help you see all the awesome things you can achieve in creating your own Laptop Lifestyle. I’d love to help you realize that Life Can’t Wait but that doesn’t mean you have to wait. You can build your business NOW, you can grow your profit NOW, you can set up systems and plans to give you more freedom NOW so that when the big life things happen you are ready. You have to GET ready though. You have to take action. I can help you!
Come check out the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. There are three levels of membership, one just right for everyone, and right now I have the EXCLUSIVE VIP Member Club on sale for just $697 for the entire year. That will save you hundreds of dollars but if it’s not for you right now there are three other options, one as low as $10/month.
Do it for your life.
Do it for your business.
Do it because life can’t wait.
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There aren’t a lot of things that I can point to and say “That thing, it changed my business.”
Mostly because business is a progression, a series of tiny things that add up to moving forward and sometimes moving backwards. Hopefully the forward motion beats the backward and when it does, you get progress. 😉
But there are a few things I CAN point to and say “change happened there”.
One is when I starting writing from my GUT, instead of my brain. I started just chatting with you to share what’s on my mind and in my heart. That was definitely a changing point I can attribute to more success.
Another, it was that time I got professional photos done and I knew EXACTLY what I wanted those photos to represent.
I knew exactly who I was talking to.
I knew exactly what my message was.
I knew exactly who I was NOT talking to.
I knew exactly what I wanted them to feel.
I knew exactly how I felt.
And it came across… so clear, like in HD, in those pics.
In these pics:
I know how cheesy it sounds. Trust me I KNOW… I don’t even bring it up nearly as often as I should because I don’t want YOU to think I am a cheeseball. But I AM a cheeseball about this topic, about this mission, about this message that the Laptop Lifestyle and total life and business freedom is within reach for YOU and anyone who wants it.
Those pics and this whole message would not make a tiny bit of impact if it wasn’t really. If I hadn’t decided I had to get super CLEAR on who I was and what I had to offer the world. YES, the WORLD… the people in it.
Those pics were the push off point to an entire new way of representing my business, of BRANDING my business.
I used those pics to pull up my image, and they did.
Since I created this new “brand” as you’d say, I have gotten REGULAR interview requests from summits, high end bloggers and marketers wanting to feature me.
Since I started really presenting my business with graphics that represented the lifestyle I’ve gotten higher-end clients, meaning the new clients just GOT what I was offering and were willing to pay for it no questions asked.
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Anytime I make a big change in my business I get quite a few questions.
Of course, most people want to know why? Why am I making the big change?
I’ve switched themes many, many times over the years. It just goes to show you that even with all my experience in WordPress and themes you can’t know what you need until you need it and that’s why you shouldn’t spend forever picking a theme. Just pick what you need for now and expect your business to evolve over time.
Why I Switched Away from OptmizePress
The main reason is it isn’t working right.
I have friends using it who couldn’t get the editor to work. I have a VA friend who said many of her clients couldn’t get it to work, either. I had to use two browser to get all the functions to work when did “work” and then suddenly it just stopped working.
I could have contacted support, yes, but I just had this gut feeling that the company is not putting in the kind of upkeep I want on a theme and I decided it’s time to find a new solution.
Why I Switched to Thrive Themes:
I picked Thrive Themes for a few main reasons:
Simply put: I was pretty happy with OptimizePress and what it could do, it just wasn’t letting me update! So I needed to update the topic of the month for my Laptop Lifestyle Business Club and it wasn’t happening. I decided to make a quick switch to the new theme.
Now I’ve got the new training on the salespage and I’m really happy with the look of it as you see here:
It was pretty easy to duplicate the look of my blog on the new theme. This is almost exactly the same as with OptimizePress:
Also, I totally redid Laptop Lifestyle Business Club as a website now instead of a salespage. This will give me a lot more opportunity to really share what the club is all about and invite people to join my email list before they are ready to make a commitment to join the club.
I love the lightbox feature and have used it right on the home page to invite people to my 30 Day Distraction Challenge here:
There are so many features to Thrive Themes! I’m really JUST getting into it.
Here are the different plugins that come with the theme:
As you can see, Thrive Themes is created all around the concept of engaging people, gathering leads and making sales! That’s RARE in a WordPress theme and it’s definitely what got me super interested in the theme in the first place.
I purchase the full package with a yearly payment. I feel it is SO worth it to pay for a theme because it helps ensure that I AM getting a theme that is updated and that I can use long-term. It’s not a guarantee as I also paid for OptimizePress and it’s updates, but it’s a heck of a lot more secure than grabbing a free theme that the designer has not nearly as motivating a factor to keep it updated and maintained to work with all new versions of WordPress.
My focus right now is on building my list and making my salespages convert the best they can. It just makes so much sense to get the MOST out of my marketing as I can and I know this theme was an excellent choice to do just that.
If you are interested in more subscribers and more sales from the same amount of traffic then this theme is definitely worth checking out when you need a theme for your website: Thrive Themes
This morning I didn’t wake up and check Facebook like I do almost every other morning.
I didn’t because I deleted the app off the home page of my phone and decided I am ONLY going to check social media and email on scheduled times.
This came as a result of getting started going through this training:
<< That’s Productimity by Jimmy D. Brown. I snapped it up for a little bitty $7 payment and I’m USING it to create a more productive business for myself.
Jimmy knows how to be a productive business owner.
I’ve learned a lot from Jimmy over the years, especially when I was a member of his List & Traffic membership back in the day. I was pretty new to successfully marketing my business through email and the training I got from Jimmy make a huge difference.
What I especially LOVE is his down to earth sharing of stories and examples of real situations. It makes the content easy to read, remember AND take action on because it doesn’t feel overwhelming, at all.
And this training COULD feel overwhelming, seeing it’s over 150 pages!
But… I printed off about 25 pages of Issue One last night, got to reading and immediately came up with this brainwave of an idea.
Before I share the idea, let me tell you what made me think of it:
Jimmy was sharing three things in the training that he does to beat “Shiny Object Syndrome”.
The first thing is: 1) SET aside time for distractions.
So, yeah, Facebook… and emails. They distract me.
Honestly, they can totally DERAIL me.
They can create anger (political posts, anyone?).
They can create confusion (umm… what WAS I working on again?).
They can cause me to lose HOURS of precious time I do not have to waste.
Oh… you too?
So when I read that I should set aside time for distractions I immediately decided to do it.
I deleted my Facebook App from my phone.
I moved my Email App from its main position and placed “Google Keep” for to-do lists instead.
I made a commitment to myself to ONLY check Facebook and Email at scheduled times (which will be about 2-3 times per day for me and my business).
Then as I kept reading I got to a part where Jimmy wrote: “Try it for 30 days and see what happens.”
And I thought… “I will!”.
And then I thought… “and my peeps should, too!”
Here’s how to sign up. It’s totally FREE.
Now I DO realize the IRONY of committing to getting focused on possibly one of the most DISTRACTING websites on the planet. I think that actually makes it more awesome because if you can remove distractions while on Facebook, you can remove them anywhere.
As I said this challenge is completely free but I do highly, highly recommend you snap up this Productimity training from Jimmy. The first SEVEN pages have gotten me so freaking pumped that I’ve created a new challenge and facebook group. that’s saying something, right?
I’ll be referring to the Productimity training a lot while we do the challenge and I’ll be encouraging you to consume it like I am; printing it out one issue at a time, taking one lesson per day, making it all up as you read and taking action as you go! That’s the way to get your money’s worth (even if it’s ONLY $7) out of this training, fast.
So, in summary here’s what I’d suggest you do to get the absolute most out of this challenge:
Hope to see you in the facebook group 😉
Today I’m sharing a video I created almost a year ago now… in 2016. It was nine years for me in business full-time without a job. This year marks my tenth year! Time sure does fly.
Here’s the post and accompanying video:
When I think back to how I got here I can 100%, without a doubt tell you that it would NOT have happened without a mastermind group. Today many people call it a tribe.
Whatever you want to call it you need to find your “people”. People who will support you, encourage you, tell you that you’re not crazy (when everyone else says you are) and show you that this lifestyle IS possible.
When I got started I found my tribe. A group founded by my original mentors Alice Seba and Kelly McCausey. In that group I met so many ladies who I still know today, who’ve I’ve worked with, worked for, hired and more.
I’m afraid to even try to name them all because I’m sure I’d miss some amazing ladies. These are ladies I promote for affiliate commissions, who promote me for the same, who I’ve partnered with, referred clients to and hired. Lots of opportunities to build business, grow and of course learn, too.
ummm… I’ve got a tribe you could join 😉
If this video and the idea of meeting with other entrepreneurs building a laptop lifestyle speaks to you come join our tribe!
We’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs (or start ups) who want to put the “Choose Your Lifestyle” tip into full practice and enjoy your life like never before!
I’ll give you the tools, the training and the personalized support through our Facebook group and our weekly live webinars. This is your time to really live the life you want… will you grab it? Join Here.
To your success,
Angela Wills, Founder
May 25th marks ten full years since I quit my job to work from home. I’m so proud of that. Very proud. No one could (credibly) accuse me of being a “flash in the pan”, “fly by nighter” or whatever other silly term there is for someone who’s not going to be around long.
I will never forget my boss telling me not to burn my bridges as I told him I’d be working for myself on the internet. I’m sure he thought it was a crazy plan and he was looking out for me, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve never been back down those bridges and I sure as hell don’t ever intend to!
In those nine years I’ve learned a lot about business, life, myself.
In those nine years I bought my first home, got engaged, broke my ankle (bad), had my second child and finally decided to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
I couldn’t possibly put all I’ve learned into one blog post so I’m picking the nine top things I’ve learned to share with you today:
Working at home is an amazing way to live. I enjoy and appreciate my true lifestyle freedom on a daily basis. I wish this for ANYONE who wishes it for themselves and I love to support entrepreneurs working on it. That’s why I’ve created my Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. I am currently actively looking for new, awesome people who are motivated to take action and build their own amazing lifestyle through an online business! If you’re looking to serve people as a coach, an online course creator, a blogger or any kind of business that gives you 100% freedom of choice then this group is for you. Check us out here. We’d love to welcome you!
This month marks my tenth year in business full time from home. Ten years since I quit my job, walked away and never looked back. NINE! Yikes… I know it’s so cliche but time really does fly.
I’ve been in business long enough to have had my fair share of “Income Roller Coasters” as I like to call them. They look something like this:
There’s a way to make it stop: Membership Sites.
Years ago I decided I needed to start creating membership sites on the advice of a smart coach. She told me I needed to find ways to build in recurring and/or passive income into my business to help ease the stress and strain of too many business income roller coaster rides! I agreed!
So I’ve made some mistakes while I built up my memberships, some big ones. I highly recommend you consider this income source for your business and it’s a model that fits almost ANY business.
First, though, check out these common mistakes from Alice Seba and Ron Douglas of Member Site Live. They teach you all about setting up an awesome membership site in their program:
Mistake #1: Not Planning for Ongoing Content:
A lot of membership site owners, start strong out of the gate, but then their ideas fizzle as they run out of content to provide their members. They key to this is to strategically plan a membership where your members need your ongoing support and that’s exactly what Ron and Alice show you how to do.
Mistake #2: Not Having a Continuous Marketing Plan
This is a big one. You see a lot of people launch their membership site with a big bang. They get a ton of new members and they work hard on delivering content, but suddenly, as members drop off, the income dries up. The good news is, Ron and Alice have a unique “Membersite Live Marketing Method” they’re going to show you to continue to bring new members without a lot of hard work, so you can truly experience consistent and reliable income.
Mistake #3: No Member Retention Plan
It’s true that not every member will stay with you forever. But there are things you can do to encourage people to stay on…and you have to plan that strategically.
You can grandfather your charter members at a lower rate they can keep as long as they stay active. You can boost the value of the membership as you grow, so your long time members will see tremendous value in staying with you. You can also work to grow a community that your members love being part of and would hate to leave.
Those are just a few ways to keep your members and you know that Ron and Alice will have plenty more for you.
The registration deadline is coming very soon for their program, so get yourself in now: Member Site Live
Shorten the learning curve, increase your reliable monthly income AND see the whole process done live…so you can duplicate the success for yourself.
I don’t know how many people I’ve seen stall themselves, stop themselves or drive themselves BONKERS over having the perfect looking website.
I don’t know how many but I do know it’s WAY TOO MANY.
You and I, we know that a beautiful, gorgeous, fantabulously awesome website will do NOTHING, NADA, ZIP for you if you are not a great marketer!
We know that and we also know an ugly website can still make you money.
Sure these days it doesn’t have to look like THIS… my website from 2002 haha!
See the beautiful, ever popular Comic Sans MS font?… hehe. See the lovely graphic I made in MS Paint? lol…
You know that looks are such a small part of your business.
You know it’s a heart for your market.
You know it’s a passion for this amazing lifestyle you create.
You know it’s in creating and delivering things to change people’s lives.
You know it’s NOT about the most incredible brand or the most expensive graphic.
Right? You know that?
YES… branding is important but it’s not a show stopper. Take my business for example. I moved from business to business until I finally settled on Marketer’s Mojo in 2008. I made money in every business. I did a LOT of things right in every business. I NEVER let a lack of skills of talent stop me… the question was always “how do I make this happen?”
And when I made Marketer’s Mojo happen I like it a lot, but over time I knew it wasn’t “the brand”, I knew it didn’t fit me amazingly perfectly. I knew it didn’t feel quite “right”.
But did I throw it out and start over? NOPE. I kept on keeping on and had that brand right up until 2015 when I came up with the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club and then afterwards the Laptop Lifestyle Blogger.
THESE brands are perfect for me… they fit AMAZINGLY.
BUT… did you catch that?
Started 2008 (or really 2002 if you start at the beginning)… found the BRAND and branding of my DREAMS in 2015!
So… what if I’d sat. What if I’d waited til it was “just right”?
OMFG (F for freaking 😉 !!!
I’d have missed SO MUCH!
I’d have lost out on AMAZING relationships and PEOPLE!
I’d have missed LEARNING and EARNING and MISTAKES and FIXES!
No, no, no, no, no!
You and I both know it’s about going. It’s about putting massive ENERGY behind that idea and GOING FOR IT BABY!
You’ve got this! I’ve got your back. And I’ve REALLY got your back if you’re a member of my incredible group, the LLBC… I invite you to join us here: http://laptoplifestylebusiness.club
I’m testing out a trial and you can join now for 7 days for $7. If you’re serious about getting the support you need for your business, monthly training, networking, accountability and more come see if it’s for you 😉
p.s. This month we are covering Giveaway Event Success and if you sign up before Thursday you’ll be invited to our live Q&A and Training webinar on this topic. Check out this page to see what it’s about: Giveaway Event Success