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Category Archives: Freedom

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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Please Give Yourself Permission (You’re The Only One Who Can)

In many of the spaces we move in before we work for ourselves there are a lot of rules around what we can do and when.

‘All promotions are based on seniority.’

‘You can’t do this job until you have that qualification.’

‘You can’t study this unless you did that first.’

And in some cases these rules make sense. I know when I go into hospital I definitely want to be sure that the surgeon did indeed learn exactly how to do the surgery needed!

Other times though these rules actually don’t make sense at all. If you are an amazing teacher does it make sense that you can’t go for certain jobs because others have been there longer than you?

Probably not. But the system doesn’t allow for this.

The reason these rules are usually created is not because someone was trying to make it hard, it’s to ensure that the person who gets the job can actually do the job in question. It’s just that this doesn’t always work.

The bigger problem here is that we lose the ability to decide for ourselves what we can and can’t do because we get used to handing over the decisions that affect our lives to someone else.

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Top 5 Scary Facts About Starting a Business (and How to Beat Them!)

I want to get really honest with you here today: starting your own business can be scary!

I hear the fears and doubts about starting a business from my clients all the time:

What if I don’t make any money?

What if I don’t know anything about techie stuff?

What if I get hate mail?

The truth is, starting a business IS scary! But the best way to overcome a fear is to get it out in the open and think of ways to beat it.

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Living The Dream: Are You Balancing Life And Work Intentionally?

Cat LeBlancI don’t hide the fact that I worked damn hard to build this business – hard and smart that is. But there’s always room for optimisation. Knowing what I know now, I probably could have done it in half the time, but as they say, everyone has 20:20 vision in hindsight. While I do think you have to put the effort in to start off with to get the right momentum (money loves speed) you shouldn’t be killing yourself.

For me personally, if my income isn’t secure I can’t relax, and that is what drove to me work harder than perhaps I should have. The good news is that for the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard… at not working so hard!

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