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The Challenges of the Internet Lifestyle
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I’m here in Costa Rica, writing from my condo/apartment on the Pacific coast. I’m not right on the beach, but not too far from it.
As I’m writing these lines, the power went out. That means no Internet. That also means that I’m getting hot, since it’s about 86 degrees outside with high humidity, with no AC and no fan running, because the power went out.
Normally these little power outages don’t last very long. Maybe 30 minutes or so. But nonetheless, when you’re coming from North America or Europe and you expect everything to be perfect, it can be a bit discouraging.
A lot of people envy my lifestyle. I can work from anywhere in the world. I can travel the world and earn a living at the same time. I can escape the cold winters of my home country of Canada (and let me tell you, I do want to!).
But anyone considering the Internet Lifestyle should be aware of some of the challenges you might encounter along the away.
Traveling and working at the same time is certainly possible. I personally enjoy the fact that my business is very mobile. However, I’m also aware that it’s not as easy to stay concentrated when you’re moving constantly, as opposed to establishing yourself in one area.
I’m in Costa Rica at the moment because I enjoy this place. I like the fact that I can wake up in the morning, take a dip in the pool, and make a fresh smoothie with fruits that have been picked just days ago, and are still gorged with sunshine.
I enjoy taking a break from work, and going outside to get some sun. I also enjoy only having to work 3-4 days a week, and spend the rest of the time at the beach or traveling the country.
This way of life sounds almost perfect… so what are the disadvantages?
First of all, being in a developing country can bring some challenges. First of all, Internet isn’t always as fast as I’d like it to be. At the moment, I’m renting a condo type of place, so because it’s not my own Internet connection, I have no control over it.
When I travelled to some remote places, all I could get was a standard modem connection. As you might remember, this is painfully slow. In fact, my laptop doesn’t even have a plug for the old-style modem, so I have to remember to bring an adapter for it, in case I might need it.
Another disadvantage of the mobile Internet Lifestyle is the lack of stability. I find that whenever I go to a new place, it takes me about 2 or 3 weeks to “adapt” to the new environment. I have to spend some time finding a place to live, figure out where the stores are, find ways to create a decent home office based on what I can find around (it’s not always easy to find a desk in paradise!).
If I come from a cold environment, it takes me a few weeks, at least, to physically adapt to the tropics. At first, I have to remind myself to drink more water, because I tend to forget to do that.
There are also other challenges to managing a business from abroad. For example, my accountant might need me to sign a paper and fax it back.
Now, try doing that when you’re on a remote island! First, you have to find a scanner, and then a fax machine. Both things are not easy to do.
That’s why I often travel with a portable scanner, and I have a subscription to www.efax.com. That way, if I ever need to send a fax, I can do it online.
These are some of the tricks for living the Internet Lifestyle I’ve picked along the way.
Another thing I discovered is that it was impossible for me to maintain a regular 5 working day schedule while traveling. Traveling takes a lot of energy, and like I said before, it takes some time to adapt to a new place.
Luckily, I know that according to the Parkinson’s Law of Efficiency, “work expands based on time allowed for its completion.”
So the least time you have to complete something, the more efficient you’ll become.
What I’ve recently done is compressed my normal, 5-day schedule into a 3 day schedule. That means I only work 3 days a week.
Because I have less time available, I make each hour count, and I find that I’m even more productive that way.
That way, if I’m traveling, I can plan my working days in advance, and make sure I’ve got nothing else planned on those days.
In spite of the difficulties, the rewards of the Internet lifestyle are amazing.
At the moment I’m looking at the pool area from my office window. If I want, I can drive to a world-class national park with white-sand beaches and turquoise water, in just 10 minutes.
If I get tired of Costa Rica, I can travel to Europe, and spend a month in Paris, working from there. Who wouldn’t fancy that lifestyle?
The rewards are there, as long as you’re aware of the obstacles and can work around them.
If you’re interested in that topic, I have created a program called “A Laptop and a Beach”, which is all about this idea of traveling and living the Internet lifestyle.
I’ll send you a copy of this CD-ROM as a special bonus if you order the course “How to Write and Sell Your Own eBooks in 24 Hours or Less” within the next 24 hours.
This course will teach you exactly how to write your own eBooks and sell them online, while earning a full-time living working only part-time.
Find out more about that course here:
Yours for health and success,
PS: The bonus is not mentioned on the page, but I’ll be sure to send it over to you, along with your order for the eBook course, if you order in the next 24 hours.
Do What You Love Email Tips
It’s Good Enough
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when getting started with building an online business is taking too long to get things set up.
I see it all the time.
A friend of mine took 9 months to write an eBook, and it’s still not done! He’s getting quite frustrated with the entire project and is thinking about giving up.
Another has been working on her “logo” for her website for over a year. The website is not up, and nothing is happening.
Another friend makes a living with live events and is aching to move everything online, but still can’t get to doing it as daily to do items keep piling up.
Guys, stop taking so long to get things done!
There are 24 hours in a day. Everybody gets the same number. Yet, some people are so much more productive than others.
One issue has to do with your expectations and trying to be perfect.
Yet, the only way to grow is to do something and learn from your mistakes. I’d much rather see you put together an ugly little website that’ll make you laugh a couple of years from today – and do it fast — rather than spend all your time launching the “perfect” website right from the start.
If you’ve been working on your eBook for so long and can’t seem to get it finished, why not just force yourself to finish it in 2-3 hours? Whatever comes out comes out. Just put it out there! It’s never going to be perfect anyway.
If you’ve been waiting for months for your editor to finish editing it, then why not spend an hour with the spellchecker and release it, “as is”. Remember, it’s an eBook! You can always go back and make changes. Your mistakes are not going to be immortalized on paper.
If you can’t get yourself to write an eBook, then buy a stupid little digital recorder at BestBuy for less than $40, and get your best friends to ask you the top 10, most important questions you get asked all the time about your topic! Then burn this “interview” as it is on a CD and upload it to www.kunaki.com to create a CD product in a flash. Better yet, sell the MP3 download!
If you can’t get your website done, then fire your graphic designers and launch an ugly little WordPress blog that look like millions of other ones, but be committed to write good stuff in it regularly. Remember, it’s not the design that matters, it’s content!
One of my good friends, Oliver, has a website in French about energy medicine. He makes a full-time living with it. Here’s the link: http://www.energiesante.com/
Go! Knock yourself out and check it out, and realize that this little, ugly, stupid opt-in page with no content has built his mailing list and that’s all he needs to make a living.
And his emails don’t look that great either. Just plain text. No blog, no fancy graphics. His “articles” are just a couple paragraphs of content, once a week, loaded with ads for his products.
His products are not that great looking. You could call them “home-made” at best. But the information is great, and that’s what matters.
If you can’t find a good idea for a website or a product, why don’t you simply do *exactly* what everybody else is doing, but just find a way to make it a little bit better? Isn’t that what everybody is after?
When I’m looking for information on a topic, I don’t need it to by mind-blowingly different and original. I just need it to be good and interesting. I need it to answer my concerns, and solve my problems.
What’s most important about an online business is consistency, and good information.
Graphic design doesn’t matter as much as people think. It’s more of a refinement to give you more credibility once you’ve established yourself in other ways.
Don’t keep trying to make it perfect. Stop getting lost in so many different avenues. Just stick with a plan, and keep it simple.
And for those of you who are overly perfectionist, but never get anything done, I dare you to do something different. Try repeating these words “It’s good enough.”
Just say it and see what happens… “It’s good enough.”
These few words can change your life when it comes to getting started with your online business.
I’m not advocating mediocrity. But remember that you can only improve on the things you ACTUALLY put out. I’d much rather see you put out an imperfect but decent product quickly than a perfect product… never!
Don’t pull your hair over getting the perfect logo for your new website. Just say the words “it’s good enough” and move on! Get it out there! Make it happen! Then you can improve on it, when it’s actually worth it to spend a little time to make things prettier.
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I just came back from Calgary where I did a live event about the raw food diet.
Normally, I only do a few of these every year. I really enjoy the experience and plan to do more.
I know that a lot of authors and speakers in the raw food movement do a lot of live speaking and events, but I personally choose to keep them to a minimum and instead focus on my online business almost exclusively.
The reason I do this is that I can get a lot more results for a day of working on my online business than I could from a day working on a live event and putting it together.
With the online world, if I concentrate on a project for a few days in a row, I can easily create a product and launch it, often generating over ten thousand dollars in the process.
With live events, it’s often hard to break even.
Yet, in spite of that, I’m seeing more and more advantages to doing more live events at this point in my life. Why?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each side of the business: the online world and the live events.
With the online world, the advantages are pretty obvious:
- Low overhead
- Possibly high-profit (if you do things correctly)
- Working from home
- Being able to travel easily and everything related to the freedom of the Internet lifestyle.
The main disadvantages of everything online are:
- The constant distractions of social networking and emails (you have to discipline yourself to work with focus and not check your email and Facebook every 5 minutes!)
- The fact that you’re working alone, and the lack of personal, face-to-face contact with people (although I see that as an advantage most of the time!)
- Competition: being one website in the midst of millions of other ones competing for people’s attention
I know that because I like to be free and travel and be in complete control of my schedule, my business will always be web-based.
But I also see advantages to doing live events such as conferences, weekend seminars, live coaching, recipe classes and retreats.
Here are some advantages that I see:
- It builds your credibility. People can see you’re not just hiding behind your computer. You’re out there, meeting people in person, signing books and being open about who you are in public. Also, public speaking in general builds your credibility tremendously.
- It boosts sales for products. After a live event where YOU are the main speaker, products should normally fly of the shelves. If you put together a good special, you should be able to sell enough to at least break even, if not make a good profit. Also, anyone who sees you live will probably be a regular visitor to your website and future customer as well.
- It brings new prospects to your business. Some people who came to see my event in Calgary were already familiar with my website. But many were completely new, which surprised me.
- A great way to network. By doing some live events, you will inevitably meet all kinds of people who will be able to help you in all sorts of ways you wouldn’t have been able to figure out on your own. You can find people to help you distribute your books, or become an affiliate for your eBooks, or give you connections you might not have found otherwise.
- A great way to create products. If you create any sort of live event —whether it’s a food demo, or a short conference, or anything! — you absolutely have to capture it on video and audio! That way you instantly have a product you can sell online, or use for your website, or use as a bonus in the future.
The biggest disadvantages of live events are:
- The time and cost involved in traveling
- The possible low dollar-per-hour value of your time. Often, if you add up all the hours you put into an event and divide that into the total amount you made, you might realize that you are not earning that much per hour.
I personally think you should design a business based on your personality. If you’re someone who’s very extroverted and likes to be out there, talking to people all the time, then you should consider doing more live events and not spending all your time behind the computer.
If you’re like me and prefer to spend lots of time alone to express your creativity, then doing fewer live events is the way to go.
It’s pretty obvious that now in 2009, most of your business will come from the online world.
However, live events are extremely valuable as well. I gained a lot from doing them, and plan to do more in the future.
Starting in 2010 I will probably do at least 12-20 live events a year. For me, that’s the amount I can comfortably manage without stress and get great results.
If you’re just starting out, I suggest staying away from week-long health retreats! By that I mean those relatively expensive retreats where you take a group of people to Costa Rica, the Bahamas, or Hawaii and treat them to a week of sunshine, health foods and education.
It’s extremely difficult to make a profit with these events, especially if you try to charge too little. When I organized a health retreat in 2006, I had top-notch copywriting and marketing, and the retreat cost $2500 per person. Even at that price, I barely broke even.
There are so many more costs to doing health retreats that most people don’t imagine. I only recommend considering them once you have your entire online business set up and you have done at least a dozen successful paid live events.
If you’ve never done a live event before, when should you consider doing one?
I don’t recommend them until you’ve put together the basic structure of your online business and have at least one product to sell.
The best way to get started is to write and sell your own eBook.
If you can’t wait to get started making a living doing what you love, check out my course “How to Write and Sell Your Own eBook in 24 Hours or Less”. It teaches *everything* you need to know in a step-by-step formula for success.
I’m accepting some new students now for this course but I won’t be for long. You can get started as soon as you sign up!
Get more info at: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/writeyourebook.html
Yours for health and success,
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In my travels, I often meet people who tell me how much they admire what I do on the Internet and how they would like to have a business just like mine.
I also often meet work-at-home entrepreneurs who simply spend too much time working one-on-one for very little in return.
A great friend of mine in Calgary was telling me the other day: “What you’re doing is smart Fred. I should be selling things online instead of doing all of these live events and classes… I’m working too much and not even able to sustain myself full-time yet with my business.”
I’m a pretty humble guy and I don’t tend to brag a lot about my accomplishments. So it’s nice to hear it from others that they admire what I do, because I often tend to forget how different my lifestyle is from the rest of the world.
Let me give you a quick example.
I’ve been traveling more than usual lately, and it occurred to me that I could no longer keep my normal schedule of working 4 or 5 days a week on my online business.
A couple of years ago I refined my business to the point where I only need to work about 4 hours a day on it, 4-5 days a week.
Granted, I will put in more hours if I need to because of a special project, but 20 hours a week is all I need to keep things rolling and generate the same revenues.
But when I’m traveling, I find it hard to adapt my schedule to the places I’m visiting.
I’m in a different environment, and there’s the time involved in traveling, adjusting to the timezone, resting, the distractions and excitement of being somewhere new, and so on.
So I decided instead it would make more sense to condense my schedule into three days a week.
Strangely enough, I found that I am much more productive working only three days a week than when I was working five! I get more done in fewer hours, because I can keep concentrated focus on the same thing for longer, rather than spreading it out over more days.
This is again “Parkinson’s Law” in action, that states that work tends to expand in accordance with time available for its completion.
The less time you allow yourself to complete a project, the more effective you become!
And to me, working three days a week and traveling the world, doing what I love with someone I love is a dream come true.
How long will it get you to get to that point if you start today from scratch?
Another friend of mine who lives in Calgary wants to be able to make at least $1000 a month on the Internet with her coaching business by December of this year.
She asked me “how long will it take?”
My answer was, “how long do you want it to take?”
It’s pretty reasonable to take three months to build an online business that earns $1000 a month and grows from there, but you have to be willing to do what it takes.
Here’s what it takes:
1- Find the time to do it. Stop all distractions like surfing the web, Facebook, emailing your friends constantly, and spend at least a couple of hours a day you normally would have wasted online doing something productive.
2- Build your blog and your list. You’ll need a website where you can put content and sign people up for your list. Don’t try to make it perfect at first, but get it done! This is one of the first things you can do.
3- Be consistent. To become successful online, you have to be very consistent with the content you put out. For example, there was a time when I was writing a new article every day and adding it to my website. Now that work has paid off because of all the traffic I get to my site due to these articles. So whether it’s a bi-monthly newsletter, or a weekly ezine, or a video every day, whatever you choose to do, you need to keep it up. You cannot miss an issue! Otherwise nobody will see you as a reliable source of information.
4- Create a first product in a flash. An eBook is a great first product to sell, but don’t spend too much time on it. A month or two, maximum three should be enough to write your eBook and start selling it, from scratch!
How badly do you want to become hugely successful on the Internet? The more you want it, the easier it’s going to be!
If you can’t wait to get started, start with the program that most of my successful students have done and write and sell your own eBook in 24 hours or less!
Does that sound impossible? Remember you can spread out these 24 hours in one weekend or 2 weeks or 2 months if you’d like.
But remember Parkinson’s Law: the less time you take to do something, the more effective you become.
To learn how you can write and sell your own eBook in 24 hours or less, check out my program at: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/writeyourebook.html
I am still accepting some students but not for long.
Yours for health and success,
What should you be selling on your website?
In the past few days I’ve been sharing some ideas on how to make a living doing what you love, and telling you about my “trip around the world” project and how I’m able to make it happen with the freedom of the Internet Lifestyle, and how you could do the same.
I’ve talked about important basic steps, such as “what topic to choose for your website.”
Obviously, the next question becomes, “What should you sell on your website?”
People are always telling me, “I have no idea what I could sell. It seems everything has already been done!”
Here’s a few basic ideas:
1) If you don’t want to bother creating your own products, you can sell other people’s products (such as eBooks) as affiliates and make a decent commission, with no customer support or hassle!
However, in the long run for the most success you will want to be selling your own products too.
2) An eBook is a great idea for a first product. You don’t have to worry about shipping anything, and customer service is easy to manage at first.
3) An audio CD. I think most people overlook that option as a first product. Just record yourself interviewing an expert in your field and you have an instant product! Then use the service at www.kunaki.com to publish your CD on demand. You don’t even have to ship anything yourself… they can do it for you!
Do you think maybe that you have nothing original to add to your market, and everything has already been done?
Here’s what I think about that:
That’s a really bad excuse for not getting started!
The idea is not to be 100% original (it’s impossible), but to offer something that is different in some way or another, and compelling.
Here’s an exercise:
Look at what your competition is offering. What is popular in your field?
Then, take as an example a popular information product (book, ebook, DVD, online course, etc.) and do something that’s on the exact same topic… but find a way to improve it or make it better!
For example, you don’t have to be original and say you’ve invented the diet you’re promoting. But you could make it easier for your customers by breaking it down into clear menu plans.
Just see what’s popular… do something similar but improve it in some way or another. That’s all you need to do to create a great product!
I’m also a big believer in asking your audience what they want before creating a product.
I always run surveys and give people a choice of at least 10 ideas, and ask them which one they’d be most likely to buy. Then, I focus on the top 1 or 2 ideas and ignore the rest!
In my course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement”, I’ll give you the exact methodology to do that… in addition to everything you need to start your business doing what you love on the Internet.
It looks like the course will be ready to launch this Thursday! We won’t be able to take more than a few dozen students, so make sure you stay tuned for the official announcement and registration this week.
Yours for health and success,
Are you contemplating the idea of starting your own business online?
In my last two emails, I’ve been telling you some of my secrets on how to make a living doing what you love.
I even shared how next year I’m going to be traveling around the world to remote and beautiful places such as the Greek Islands, Iceland, Malaysia, the Cook Islands, and more.
A lot of people ask me: How do you do this? How could I travel the world and earn a living at the same time?
The first thing we talked about relates to finding the right topic for your website.
I told you that the best thing to do is to go with what you already love, what you’re passionate about.
Don’t worry about the competition. In fact, too little competition is much worse than too much! Most people don’t realize how open these markets really are.
In the comments I’ve received from you since that last email, I’ve noticed that many people commit the sin of over-thinking this!
Are you over-thinking and is it leading you to avoid taking action?
A lot of people have told me:
- What if I’m not sure what my passion is?
- A lot of things interest me, I’m not sure which one to pick
- I don’t really have a passion
If that’s your case, then I would like to tell you that you might be making your job harder than it should be.
The word “passion” can be interpreted differently by different people.
For some people, being “passionate” means waking up in the morning with a burning desire to change the world and chain themselves for a month to a 500-year old Sequoia tree to protest the construction of a new highway.
For others, it’s simply having an inquisitive mind leading you to read a lot and find out interesting information about a topic that matters to you.
I’m sure that you DO have some kind of interest like that in your life. If that’s the case, start with that.
If you have more than one interest, I would advise you to start with the one that has the biggest market or that you know the most about, or both.
For example, there was a time when I considered getting involved in the “Learn Foreign Languages” niche. But I quickly realized two things:
- I knew much more and had more experience about raw foods than I did for foreign languages.
- I considered the market for raw foods easier to break into than “foreign languages”, which focuses mostly on language courses I wouldn’t have been able to produce.
If you’re hesitating between several topics, I say go where the Moolah is.
Don’t make your life harder by entering a market with no possibilities.
So how do you determine if a market is large enough?
There are many ways to do that, and doing it right involves a little bit of research. In my course, “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement” I show you exactly how to do this, step-by-step and easily.
Some things you could start doing right now are:
- Go to Google.com. Type in a few keywords related to that market. How many ads do you see appearing on the right-hand column? No ads mean a bad market. Lots of ads mean a very competitive market. Somewhere in between is often just right.
- Go to Amazon.com. Type in a few keywords related to your market. How many books are being sold on the topic? How many DVDs? What’s their sales rank? Are these products getting lots of comments or interest?
- Run again a little search on Google. Go to different websites that come up in ads or in normal results. Do these websites sell lots of products? Do they seem to be making good business? Have they been around for a while? Are the blogs getting lots of comments and interest?
These are just some of the ways you can evaluate if a market is hot or not.
Remember not to over-think it!
Most people entering these markets are *absolute beginners*.
You probably know a lot more about your topic of interest than 99% of your eventual prospects.
So don’t underestimate your knowledge, even if you don’t have credentials, which you don’t need by the way to succeed online.
Are you ready to get started and start earning a living doing what you love on the Internet?
We’re about to enroll new students in the latest edition our course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement.”
This is the ONLY complete course that has ever been designed on the subject. It will take you by the hand, step-by-step, and show you everything you need to do to get started earning a living with your own online business.
We only make this course available once or twice a year. The next edition will be our best so far… with new content and bonuses. In just a few days we’ll be announcing registration. Stay tuned!
Yours for health and success,
In my last email I told you about my project to travel around the world next year.
This is not going to be an ordinary trip, as it will take me to magical places such as Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Australia, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tahiti, and more.
But best of all, I’ll be able to make this entire trip pay for itself… and then some more!
Do you dream of traveling the world?
Would you like to be able to do something like that? Or maybe you’d just like to have more time for yourself and your family, doing something that you enjoy and that makes a difference.
So how do you get started?
First, it should be clear that everything I’m talking about is 100% online. It would be very difficult to achieve the kind of freedom I’m talking about without the Internet.
So we’ll leave behind such projects as:
- Opening a health food restaurant
- Running health “retreats” and events
- Publishing physical magazines
- Book publishing for the most part
What we’ll be focusing on will be 100% online. However, even with that setup you’ll still be able to ship physical products such as books or DVDs from anywhere in the world.
I sell many digital products such as eBooks, but also many physical products such as DVDs. Sometimes I never even get to see these products myself.
I don’t need to, because I deal with companies where I outsource almost everything from start to finish, including shipping to customers.
*What Topic to Choose*
Before we get to finding out what products you’ll be selling, you need to decide on a topic for your website.
Most people get stuck at that phase, because they worry about too many things.
If any of the following thoughts are in your mind, you need to get them out right now!
- There’s already too much competition in that market
- I don’t have any qualifications to talk about that topic
- I have limited experience with that topic
- Too many people are doing it, not enough space for me
There are all kinds of market research available that can be done to help you determine your ideal topic.
But personally I prefer to ask you: what is your passion?
Is there a topic where you find yourself constantly looking for new information?
Is there a topic you could talk about for hours, even if you’re not an expert?
Is there a topic that you are really passionate about?
Competition is not much of an issue. In fact, I would worry more about entering a market where there is NO competition as opposed to one with plenty of established businesses.
You don’t want to be a pioneer in a new market.
Pioneers have arrows in their back. Pioneers struggle. Pioneers die.
Instead, I’d say to go with your passion, and make sure there’s already enough competition and interest in that market, which means that it’s booming and it’s healthy.
For example, my main market is the raw food diet.
A lot of people think that this market is oversaturated, but in my opinion it’s absolutely not! It’s an excellent market because it’s booming and because not many qualified marketers know what they’re doing online!
Maybe I should not be telling you this, but I think it’s an excellent market for beginners.
There are also many other markets. I personally tried a few, such as the “learn foreign languages market”, but raw foods has always been my biggest one.
And the main reason why I’m in that market in the first place is because I’m passionate about it.
So starts with what interests you, with something that you love.
Don’t worry about your qualifications, or the competition. Instead, worry more about the *lack* of competition.
In my next email, I’ll be talking a little bit more about this, and then we’ll go into more details about what exactly you should be selling on your site, to make it work!
If you can’t wait to get started and really want to make a living doing what you love, you should know that we’re about to release the next edition of our course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement”.
We only do this course once or twice a year, max! The next edition should prove to be our best one so far.
It should be available next week for a new round of 50 students… so stay tuned! Make sure you sign up for the free Do What You Love Tips for the announcement!
Yours for health and success,
Recently I was talking to a family member that’s very close to me. We were talking about my trip around the world that I’m planning for next year.
I was telling them how next year I’m going to be spending over 9 months traveling the world, spending time in over 25 countries, and going to places I’ve always dreamed of going.
That includes places whose mention alone are enough to make you dream, such as Fiji, Mauritius, Tahiti, Thailand, Bali, and many more.
I was getting all excited telling them about my trip, where I’d be going, and more interestingly, how I was going to make this trip actually pay for itself and at no cost to me, in fact most likely earning me even more.
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve shared something very personal to you with someone, like a lifelong dream or ambition, only to realize that you should have just kept your mouth shut about it?
Sometimes people can’t do any better than try to discourage you from living your life to the fullest. This is exactly what happened to me when I was talking to that person.
My supposedly very supportive family member kept arguing with me how that trip might not be such a good idea, that instead I should “settle down”, buy a condo and play it safe.
Why travel to exotic tropical islands, share your passion with the world and earn a living in the process when instead you could buy a condo and stay at home somewhere that truly doesn’t inspire you?
The funny thing is that I bet if you had a big dream like that, and you were to ask a few friends and family members what they thought about it, more than one would do the exact same thing: try to discourage you from doing it.
Yet if you ask anyone on the street what they would love to do if they won the lottery, or something they absolutely need to do before they die, many of them would probably answer: travel around the world.
But there are many reasons why others will try to discourage you from living your dreams.
First of all, they themselves are not doing it. They feel pretty bad about someone else being able to do what they’d love to do when they can’t. So they prefer to stay in their comfort zone and not have to deal with jealousy and other negative emotions, rather than admiring what you do and trying to learn from you.
Secondly, most people don’t believe it’s possible to make a living doing what they love and get to travel the world. They think that this kind of life only belongs to the rich and famous.
In fact, the thought that something like that would even be possible is very disturbing to their view of reality. It would lead them to question too many things about their lives, so they’d rather not have to deal with it and again, keep you in their comfort zone.
Years ago, I heard someone say something very true: “Only share your dreams and ambitions with people who can support you and encourage you.”
Don’t ever share your dreams with someone who will discourage you from realizing them. Instead, make your dreams a reality and then let them know about it!
*How to Travel the World and Do What You Love*
Going back to my trip around the world, this is something I’ve always wanted to do. In the last few months, I have made tangible steps towards realizing it.
I know exactly when I’m going, and I also know where I’m going.
But most importantly, I have business systems in place to allow me to do something like that.
I can work from anywhere in the world.
I have automated many aspects of my business, so my involvement is limited to the few things that are absolutely necessary, and the things that I love doing like writing.
Is it easy to do something like that?
I would say that it’s not as difficult as most people imagine, but it does require some focused attention.
Overall, it’s much easier than spending 40 hours a week working at a job you don’t enjoy for the rest of your life.
In the next week or two, I’ll be sending you emails with some of the most important ideas I’ve discovered along the way on how to make a living doing what you love.
Maybe traveling to tropical islands several months a year is not exactly your thing. But maybe you have some kind of other dream, or you would like to have more time for yourself and your family, and do something you really enjoy for a living.
Stay tuned for these next emails!
In the meantime, remember that the most important things are to define what you want. What are your dreams? What do you want from your life?
Keep these dreams for yourself, or only share them with positive people who can support you. Otherwise, you’ll get quickly discouraged by the resistance you get from the rest of society.
If you can’t wait to get started, sign up for my FREE Do What You Love Tips and learn more!
Yours for health and success,
*This is a “Do What You Love E-mail Tip”. I send these tips every week by e-mail. To receive them, go to www.dowhatyouloveuniversity.com*
I wrote before that if you can build a list of about 10,000 qualified subscribers, then you can make a living on the Internet.
Why 10,000? I estimate that someone with a list of that size should be able to generate between $2500 and $10,000 per month on the Internet, depending on their efforts.
It also seems to be the “critical mass” that allows many to start seeing some real success with their online efforts.
For example, I was only able to make a full-time living doing what I love starting around the year 2003 or so. Before that, I was keeping some part-time jobs to make ends meet.
What happened that year that turned it around?
I was able to build a list of over 10,000 and started using it for generating profits.
Of course, just having a list will not be enough. If you build a list of 10,000 subscribers but only get in touch once every two months, and have no products of your own to sell, you won’t get the same results.
1- You need to actively, regularly build the relationship with your list. That means sending them unique, interesting content at least twice a month.
2- You need to develop your own products to sell, or sell affiliate products where you earn at least $20 per sale.
If you dream of being able to make a living on the Internet, you know that you need to build a list.
In fact, building a list should be your most important activity!
And you need to build that list to at least 10,000 subscribers if you want to see some real success.
How do you do that?
Fred’s List Building Tips for 2009
1) The first thing you need to build a list is to subscribe to an autoresponder service that will automate this process for you and take care of confirming your subscribers, managing your list, removing people who no longer want to receive it, and more.
There are several services available, and I only recommend two:
- The first one can be found at http://www.fredericscart.com
This is the shopping cart that I personally use in my own business. This is the service you should use if you are serious and are thinking of creating MANY different types of products.
- The second service works even better than the first one when it comes to sending e-mails, but it’s not as integrated. It’s a great choice if you are going to focus mostly on selling digital products, such as eBooks. This service can be found at: http://aweber.com/
NOTE: You are not going to go anywhere if you don’t set this up first! I know some people want to avoid the expense until the last possible moment, but realize that this is your most important expense for your online business. You can’t avoid to skim on this. If you can’t afford the monthly cost of the autoresponder service, then it is NOT time for you to start your own business. You should focus on building a saving base first.
2) The next thing you’ll need is what we call an opt-in page. This is a very short page where people can subscribe to your list.
An example of a page like this can be found at:
Another example can be found here:
As you can see, in both cases I’m offering something in *exchange* of a subscription to my list.
I suggest to do the same! Here are some of the things you can offer:
- A special report (which is an article on a specific topic) with a sexy title
- A video
- A series of tips
- An eBook
- Any piece of information that’s valuable
You are also welcome to copy the design of any of those pages. These designs have been around for a long time and are no longer new. Also, these pages are fairly easy to set up. If you don’t know how to, ask a webmaster to do it for you.
3) You need to drive as much traffic as possible to that page
Before you start spending any money on advertising (which I’ll cover in an upcoming tip), you need to start testing your page and see how good of a response you get from it.
Here are some ways to do that:
- Start interacting at MANY discussion forums on your topic of interest. Become a valuable member of these communities. If that’s possible at these forums, have a signature file that promotes your special report and that directs people to your page.
For example, it could be something like this:
“Want to Know How I Lost 30 pounds in 30 Days with the Raw Food Diet?” Check this out: LINK
- Write a series of articles. Ask other websites, blog, and ezine to publish them. In your article, have a resource box that promotes your website and report.
- Use a signature file that promotes your new website on ANY e-mail that you send out.
- Promote your new website on your facebook and twitter accounts.
- Ask other websites to link to you.
- Publish some of your articles by going to: http://www.naturalnews.com/021982.html
4) Those are some first steps! You should be able to get at least a couple hundred subscribers that way.
In my next article, I will talk about some other important things you need to start building your list.
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Yours for health and success,
PS: Do you have questions on the subject? You can post them below!