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
Can I just say how freaking awesome the members in my club are?
Why yes I can because it’s my message, and I will. muahahaha! 😉
THEY ARE FREAKING AWESOME!
So… I’ve told you about the Self Improvement Gifts Giveaway event (it’s on now!) and that you can use it to build your email list. Well of course I’ve been telling my members that too.
I only found out about this just after Christmas so it’s been less than a week. And… everyone’s busy with Christmas and New Years and such. But I wanted to motivate at least a FEW people to participate in the giveaway and build their list so I posted in the group and strongly suggested people sign up and get in the giveaway.
Well I’m so proud of the many people who did!
Tammy took my advice on getting her email list setup for the first time and getting her very first subscribers:
Cat was so happy with herself for doing some “techy” bits and getting herself entered into the giveaway:
Not to mention Cheryl, Kathy, Mark, Kirsten, Samantha, Vera, Sarah and more all submitted their own giveaway gifts as well.
Growing businesses. I just love to see that and I love to see people taking ACTION that leads to results!
Make sure you go check out the Self Improvement Gifts Giveaway event to see all the great prizes, see how giveaway events work and to get ideas on how YOU could do this to grow your own list.
In case you haven’t guessed it yet, this month we are focused on success with Giveaway Events at the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. I will be hosting a live session for members of the club on Thursday, Jan. 12th at 3pm ET (next week).
Giveaway Events are the FASTEST and EASIEST way I’ve ever built my list BY FAR.
You CAN do them.
They DO attract real BUYERS.
They are NOT all exclusive (newbies can do this I SWEAR)!
You can start from SCRATCH and have a big list in days, for real.
You must be a member to join in the session but the great news is I’ve JUST opened up a trial pricing of only $7 for one week! That means you can join us to try us out for only $7, then stay at a rate of $37/month. That $37 I meant to raise on Jan. 1st so instead I’ll be raising it on Monday, Jan. 9th.
OR, if you prefer not to join the membership you can buy the Giveaway Event Success coaching only for $37 and join us for the ONE webinar (instead of our weekly questions and accountability meetings with membership).
In this month’s training, you’ll get:
To join either one you can go here: LaptopLifestyleBusiness.Club
I’d love to brag on you when you become a member, and tell people how much you’re getting accomplished!
p.s. Did you see all these business planners? They are currently on sale. Use this coupon code to save big bucks ($17 off): 2017
I love Vision Boards.
Not the kind you hang on the wall… but the kind you can use as your phone background, laptop background, screensaver.
Then you can see it every day as a reminder of the goals you want to achieve!
The one you see above is the vision board I created in 2013 and it’s by far my favorite because almost everything on it came true!
It’s November 30th as I write this and now is the perfect time to start planning out the way you want your life to look in 2017. I personally feel like I’ve never been in a better position to plan out my life than I am right now because:
a) My daughter will be going into three days of daycare next year.
b) I have grown by leaps and bounds in the mindset department this year.
c) I have a very strong brand and a super clear vision for my business
I’m excited! That’s why I’ve created a completely FREE facebook group with Vision Board download and a planning guide. You can join this group ANYTIME, not just in November, and share with us what you create! Or ask questions about goalsetting and planning and building your business. Can’t wait to connect with you in the group 🙂
As soon as you join the group you will see in the files section a free guide and a vision board template. Grab those and get to work!
Let’s make the future incredible. It’s all within your control.
So, I’ve got this course called Powerful Coaching Programs.
If you click the linked text on that course title you’ll see I’ve done a pretty good job of showing you what’s actually included in the course.
What you won’t find is more on how coaching has really affected my life.
You see I did NOT want to go from Virtual Assistant to “Coach”. I saw that as another service business and I was not interested in the least. That’s why coaching programs never crossed my mind. In some ways I didn’t even get what a coach did for people. Being an action taker I didn’t need someone to tell me to do stuff, I already knew how to take action. I also didn’t want to be a person who sat on phone calls listening to people tell my why they didn’t do the things they should to build their business, I just didn’t have the patience for that after I had a few clients who did just that.
That’s why I was so skeptical about coaching and group coaching.
You see I was struggling before I started a coaching program and the thought of doing group coaching that included videos or webinars never even crossed my mind until a friend suggested it. Once she did suggest it I didn’t love the idea at first but I thought “I’ll give it a shot.”
When I did, a whole new world opened up and it literally changed the path I was on.
Let me tell you this. Because of coaching programs:
So… the freedom of lifestyle.
I typically do my coaching programs with this format:
That’s my main coaching program format and I just repeat that over and over again for various topics, in various ways as I see a place where my clients and customers need help.
How that translates to my life and my day is that I work when it’s convenient for me. It means I have flexibility in my days. It means I get to create new things that excite me.
There is no special format you need to follow to get started yourself.
You can start with just a Facebook Group, or just Email Coaching or combine any number of options that work best for YOU. You can easily start charging $97 – $297 or more for a well thought out coaching program that helps YOUR people.
When I released my flagship coaching program in 2010 I started charging $397 per person, and got it!
It was the first time in my online business that I was incredibly excited about the possibilities of making really good money doing what I really loved! $397 adds up FAST, a lot faster than $9.99 or $27… and when I decided to really value what I had to offer things changed in a million little ways in my life.
It lead to me quitting working with clients…
It lead to me feeling confident enough to buy a house…
It lead to me being seen as a leader in my industry…
I had to STEP into that coaching role, take a leap of faith that I could do it. Nobody told me I was “ready”. Nobody appointed me “coach”. Well I guess somebody did, ME. I appointed me Coach.
Now it’s time for YOU to appoint yourself coach if this sounds like a business you’d love to be in!
I’ll teach you my method. I’ll guide you through the process I take to create my programs. I’ll pump you up for motivation and inspiration and I’ll share your finished product with my peeps. I’ll do all that when you join my Powerful Coaching Programs training starting in just a few days.
I can’t wait to see what you create!