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Category Archives: Freedom

(YBYR3) The Online Business Growth Ladder – Your Journey

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If you’ve discovered the online world recently and seen some pretty amazing success stories you may well be wondering how the hell these people did this. Am I right?

And if you’ve started already you probably wish you knew what the path ahead looks like and what kind of results you can expect when.

Knowing what to expect and really importantly where you are at in the journey can give you a sense of security and understanding of the landscape around you.

After all it’s not like entrepreneurship comes with a performance review every year and then the corresponding salary increase!

It can all feel like a bit of a mystery.

So let’s unpack this.

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(YBYR1) Your Business, Your Rules – Where And How We Get To Make The Rules!

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Welcome to the very first episode of Your Business, Your Rules! I am excited that you are here with me and ready to dive into creating or growing your online business.

In this podcast I’m going to be making sense of and exploring what works in online entrepreneurship and what doesn’t so you don’t have to learn the lessons the hard way and can get to where you want to be faster.

All with a promise of no BS, no scammyness, and no dodgy one hit wonders. This is all about building a sustainable, ethical online business.

Which won’t happen overnight but it can happen surprisingly quickly when you focus on the right things.

Because after all what we really want is to get you away from the boring commute and drudge work to being to a place of doing fulfilling work where you get to decide who you work with, how you work with them, how much you get paid and essentially you make the rules.

Woo hoo

So let’s settle in and get into our first topic:

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Is It Really ‘Freedom’ That You Want?

Many people looking to get started in online business are looking for freedom.

And in some sense, what they are understanding under ‘freedom’ seems to have a meaning close to ‘lack of responsibilities’.

At least that’s what some people pitch at us in my experience!

You know, the palm-trees-on-endless-beaches kind of freedom.

But is that what freedom really is? And actually, is it what you are looking to get out of all this?

Let’s have a look at what it could really be about…

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How Online Does An Online Business Have To Be?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “online business”?

Is it working on your laptop by the pool? Taking your business on the road with you? Talking with clients on Skype or Zoom? Having a website for your business?

Does it sound exciting or does it sound ‘remote’? Does it sound like something that’s possible or interesting for you or does it sound like something you are not even sure you could make work for what you do?

Here’s the really great news I have for you:

The truth is that you can make your “online” business as “online” as you want it to be.

And that can be fully online, partly online or mainly offline with a website to support you.

It all depends on what you want.

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How You Really Can Have Pretty Much Anything You Want – Part 1: How I Created A New Life In Paradise (Before Starting My Business)

I’ll admit it, I am concerned about this three part series sounding self-absorbed, but there’s a reason behind my potential ‘oversharing’.

I talk to a lot of people who have trouble seeing this truth:

You really can have pretty much anything you want.

Okay, if you want to become an astronaut then there are some pretty stringent requirements, but for most things in life a lot more is under control than you might realise.

I think we all know this at some level, but once we really internalize it our lives become much much more a product of our own design.

Rather than bumbling along and feeling stressed and busy and then noticing that life happened to us.

I’m going to show you what designing your life can look like by sharing three personal stories about big changes that I’ve created in my life.

Of course building a business is a HUGE change that I’ve made happen but what I find is there has to be a mental shift before you can think about starting a business. So I’m going to share some different stories that I hope will inspire and empower you to create big changes in your own life.

Those changes could be related to business, or something completely different. It’s all about stepping into a bigger version of your life and taking a more active role in designing it.

So does this mean I’m perfect?

No, of course not. I am always making new ‘designs’. At the moment my big project is losing 30 kilos of ‘new to Australian fat’. I’ll update you on that one a few months down the road, maybe ;-)

There’s nearly always something, but the point is if there is something in your life that isn’t serving you – truly dramatic change is possible.

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Observations And Learnings From Taking My Business On The Road

Right now I am road-testing ‘the laptop lifestyle’. It’s been over three years since I started my business and the first real time I’ve tried this. Every other trip I was on holiday or I was only away a couple of days. So far I’ve been to Frankfurt, Hannover and Dusseldorf in Germany visiting friends and hanging out in my old stomping grounds. Mid July I move on to New York City. Woo hoo!

Honestly though, as much as I love freedom and having control over my schedule, I’ve always been nervous about trying to work away from home. I like having a proper desk with everything set up – think note pads, coloured pens, printer, comfortable chair etc etc. I’m the kind of person who can’t even work in a cafe because it’s too distracting. So this trip has been quite an experiment!

So here’s what I discovered so far:

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