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A great point Natalie brings out in her video “3 Main Ways to Make Money Online” is that a location independent entrepreneur should have several sources of revenue. Today’s prompt is:
What are the key ways in which you want to make money online in your chosen business OR Which are the key online revenue streams you want to focus on in your existing business?
This video was a great eye opener for me. As a freelancer most of my work is actionable, which means I have to be hands on and completely focused on a project for the 3-4 hours I freelance every day. Now this does not exactly provide me with the means to hit the road, travel to exotic locations and not have to worry about streams of income going up or down. However as a past musician and current author I completely understand the benefits of royalties.
I remember the months spent songwriting and jamming with the band, pulling together the perfect combination of music and lyrics. Once recorded we were able to sit back, slap hi-fives and begin the process of marketing and promotion. Even now years later I still hear from old fans reminiscing about the days of the band. Will be the band ever get back together? Who knows, but the album is still for sale and can be downloaded via any digital distribution source which is a plus.
Book publishing works the same way and ideally I would like to complete my five novel fantasy series. They will most likely be published under a pen name which will include initials, since those kinds of authors tend to do well. I mean look at J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin. Sign me up!
I love being hands on, I enjoy working with clients and spending time putting together a strategic plan for a project. I love social media and networking, meeting other like-minded individuals and having the opportunity to inspire and encourage. I’m all about that! The key revenue streams I would like to focus on are:
- Find a way to have a constant stream of income while doing all the hard work up front and reaping the benefits later.
- Work hands on with clients whether it’s social media marketing, training, coaching or freelance writing.
What are the top ways you’d like to see revenue come in?
I am constantly amazed and inspired by stories of people just like you and me who take the initiative to change their lives and follow their dreams. Day 6 of the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 Day Blog Challenge focuses on case studies of those who transitioned to living life on their own terms. I encourage you to read more and if you haven’t joined the challenge already it’s not too late! Today’s writing prompt is:
What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?
- Get to work! I would like my business to be solely online, a virtual resource accessible to anyone, anywhere. That being said over the next 30 days I need to work on writing a business plan, identifying the services I want to focus on and completing my website. I must admit I’ve struggled a bit with what services I would like to offer. Obviously I love social media marketing and defining a plan for content marketing. My strengths lie in planning and time-management, however I want to pass on what I have learned and empower my clients to reach their goals.
- Challenge myself! I think my biggest competition is myself and through the 30 Day Blog Challenge I have set a goal to write every single day for 30 days. This is a huge goal for me because when I first started my blog I did not have a focus, I wrote every month or so and this year I made a resolution to blog more. (It’s working!) I’m also challenging myself to run a half-marathon before the end of the year since fitness energizes me and helps me stay motivated. I’m not a runner by any means but I think discipline and training will help in other areas of life.
- Test it out! What I need to do next is plan an international trip, it’s time to go, my traveling feet are itching and I’m ready to explore. I’m working towards spending two weeks in New Zealand in Winter 2014, hoping from spot to stop every couple of days, meeting new friends and enjoying an indescribable experience. I plan to blog often and keep my virtual business with me along the way.
Writing these priorities out and sharing them makes my goals a reality. Now that I’ve shared with the world now I have to focus on these dreams and make them a reality.
What are 3 priorities you need to make a reality? Share in the comments below or if you end up blogging leaving a link!
Welcome to Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge – I’m super pumped today because I just downloaded a copy of The Suitcase Entrepreneur! Have you gotten yours yet?
Getting back on target today’s prompt is:
If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?
I feel shallow sometimes thinking about all the things I want out of life, to drive a Porsche, live in a penthouse downtown and enjoy a successful career as a senior executive and entrepreneur. Truth be told I don’t know what I want out of life, especially if the sky is the limit, but I certainly know what steps I would take to achieve my dreams.
There are three ways to move forward which would involve traveling, socializing and continuing my dream to be an entrepreneur.
Travel – When I was 15 I took my first international trip to Panama for 10 days, and that was when the travel bug hit me. I spent 3 days training in Miami with about 900 excited teenagers and college students. 8 hours in an airport in Costa Rica eating fries and trying to figure out how to sleep comfortably across 3 chairs. 9 sleepovers in a spider infested Villa with 10 other girls. 1 night in an authentic Indian village with unusually large rodents and 3-day tattoo ink. A year later my adventures continued in Mexico (including an impressive view from the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon) and finally in 2009 landed in Ireland for 14 days. Ireland was quite a drastic change from South America, the air has an ancient feel to it and everyone enjoys going to the pub (I can’t blame them). Next up I’m planning a trip to New Zealand and can’t wait to share my incredible pictures!
Socializing – Social media, inbound marketing, network marketing, followers, likes, all used to describe finding friends online and in person in order to build a community. I love networking whether its finding inspirational stories online or striking up random conversations in Starbucks. I’m the kind of person who finds myself happiest with in a room full of people. There are those who pull energy from others and those who find energy from being alone. My goal is to always have that positive energy surrounding me wherever I go.
Entrepreneurship – I currently provide freelance services geared towards content management, blogging and social media marketing. Why freelance? I can do it this any where there is wi-fi and coffee, I cannot miss my coffee date with a white chocolate mocha. Entrepreneurship is exciting and challenging but totally worth it when I receive rave testimonials from thrilled clients. (You can choose those out on my website). To be honest I’m not sure where I want to take my freelance business. I love my day job and certainly want to see my own business take flight but I am unsure of the direction to take it in. My goal is to learn from others and gain as much knowledge along the way which is one reason I’m doing the 30 Day Blog Challenge. It’s not too late to join, in the words of my favorite TV Show (which is nothing like “Friends” for the record!) Challenge Accepted!
Rainy weekends tempt me to stay home with a cup of white chocolate mocha cinnamon coffee or a cup of tea and honey. My reading list is miles high and although the intellectual thrill of processing a new idea is strong, sometimes it’s just better to hit the city with your friends. Working may be essential however the time comes to put down the books, close the laptop, opt out of networking through social media and socially connect face to face. Kicking back with friends over the weekend generally involves marathon hangouts from getting caught in the rain on an impromptu walk to them mall to a quick dinner which turns into a 7 hour event. No matter what shenanigans come my way actual time spent with friends is priceless compared to the endless hours spent working, building and moving forward.
How do you relax from your work week?
As you have noticed by now my blog tends to focus on many topics including general interest, new technology, good reads, places to buy shoes etc. Check out on a personal note for more reasons why. I keep this blog as a journal for creative release and believe some of you-not the broad consumer market but the small creative niche market – might be interested in reading, liking, sharing and commenting on different topics. So far so good.
I could focus on the book I self-published: Gywn’s Tale a short young adult fantasy.
I could focus on 45 Days of Shoes and fashion trends via Instagram.
I could focus on being a freelance entrepreneur and how gaining clients and working on projects is fun and exciting.
However there are plenty of sites that have a very focused blogs and messaging. So without further ado here are my three tips on defining your focus:
- What are you interested in? What are your passions? Because you’ll be writing about something you know you’ll be able to provide better tips suggestions and recommendations for your readers.
- Define your market. We can’t all be Wal-Mart a one stop shop for everything! Where do you go for fashion advice? To Wal-Mart or to the fashion blog where you saw some unique trends you’d like to add to your collection? If you have a travel blog I want to see pictures and if you’re sharing unique gadgets well your blog just became by gadget go to blog. My weird gadget pick of the day: It’s a lamp, it’s a book it’s a lamp book
- What happens if you don’t have a focus? Nothing. Not to say that you won’t get readers, likes and re-blogs it will just be harder to find a place to share your message.
Yes I am preaching to the choir. Carry on writing and share a link to your focused or unfocused blog. What are the pros and cons you have found?
A few days ago one of the trending hashtags on Twitter was #threewordstoliveby. Mine were “never give up”. I recently stumbled upon the Suitcase Entrepreneur and found more inspirational words to live by, coaching, tips and trips to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Enjoy my favorite selections and let me know what are three words you live by?
Dreams. An important piece of passionate guidance that hopefully allows you to become who you’ve always wanted to be. However its tough staying on track, staying inspired and staying motivated. I’ll go ahead and admit I get off track every now and then and sometimes I don’t want to care about anything at all, just party (and partying is pretty great!).
However I’ve stumbled across some constant inspiration that that keeps me going. After all it’s not easy to dream big, people rarely believe in you. I have monthly subscription to Entrepreneur magazine through which I’ve discovered Inspiration Center which works like a Pinterest account for Entrepreneurs. You can also follow them on Twitter which is what i prefer. (Since my Twitter following is out of hand, larger than Facebook, you’d think it would be the opposite).
Another one of my other favorite places to go for inspiration is Kickstarter, if you’re obsessed with downloading the latest and greatest apps you may have noticed it’s currently the #1 app in the App Store. It’s pretty cool to watch people talk about their project and you have the option to help fund them it. One day maybe I’ll be on the site too and you’d all better back my project because it will be mind-blowing. Until then happy funding and let me know what sites, accounts, images and phrases you find inspiring.