If you’ve got all the praise hands up in the air at the title of this blog post, then lemme just say I am hellah-excited to meet you, and you found exactly the website you’ve been looking for!
I’m Paige and it’s my mission to help go-getter girls to ditch the real world and build an online business that enables a lifestyle of complete lifestyle, location and financial freedom!
Alright, now the intros are out of the way, let’s get down to business!
You hate your job, want to run your own online business … but a game plan to make that happen is kinda lacking RN? No problem!
I couldn’t be more stoked to get you pointed in the right direction!
Let’s get straight into some practical tips to get you going, shall we?!
So you hate your job, your boss is a class act a**hole, your salary never seems to keep up with your lifestyle, and you could reallyyy go for an island vacation . . . for like 2 months.
Sweet, we’re making good progress already!
Building an online business often isn’t just about the business idea itself, it’s often about your life.
The last thing I want for you is to leave one job you hate only to create a business that keeps you trapped in a new lifestyle that you also find limiting.
So in order to build a business which truly serves your life, you need to decide on what’s important to you.
You need to really ask yourself what you want.
Just like dreamy Ryan Gosling said in the Notebook “WHAT DO YOU WANT?!”
(FYI: A cute notebook, a pen and an hour of alone time with the phone out of sight will come in handy for answering this … kinda massive question.)
Here are some ideas to get you going:
“I want to be financially secure, so I don’t need to worriedly look at my bank balance daily.”
“I want to add the guac to my burrito every time I’m at Chipotle, without thinking about how much it costs.”
“I want to be to able to travel to further away destinations, like Europe, for 6 weeks, instead of cramming it all into 2.”
“I want the freedom to work online, so I can live anywhere and travel every day, instead of only a couple weeks a year.”
“I want to be able to hit up a mid-day yoga class followed by a longgg lunch, every day!”
“I want to wake up without an alarm, followed by a slow morning routine, including journaling, meditation, and a healthy breakfast.”
“I want to be able to have time to actually have a hobby. I used to love X (dance, soccer, swimming, singing, riding, etc.) and want to pick it up again!”
“I want to feel and see the impact my work makes in the world.”
“I just want to enjoy the work I’m doing.”
And the best way to crystallize these ideas and create a vision for your life you are excited about and can look back on to remind yourself of what you’re working towards?
Write out your ideal day!
I want you to write what your ideal day would look like from the moment you open your eyes until the moment you close them.
Where do you wake up? Are you in a different city/country? Do you wake up to an alarm clock? What time is it? What do you do first thing in the morning? And then second? Where do you work from? How do you get there? Who are you working alongside? Do you take a break for something midday? Or do you plough through work so you can skip out early at 2 PM? What happens next? What are you up to after work? Who are you spending time with? What activities are you doing? Do you have a membership somewhere to do an activity you love? What does your evening look like?
You get the picture.
I truly want you to take the time to think this through. Because without a clear idea of where you want to go, it’s going to be pretty darn tough to get there.
There are a lot of very practical changes you will make to your future business model based on the life you want to live, so being bold and actually having the guts to write down what you want truly is important!
Let’s talk about that a bit further, because yours truly was guilty of totally playing it safe when I wrote out my first ideal day.
My ideal day wasn’t really ideal and it wasn’t really what I wanted when I first did this exercise.
I wrote down what seemed possible, what I determined could realistically happen in my life. I didn’t allow myself to dream of what I really wanted, I’m assuming for the fear of that if I couldn’t make it happen, I’d have failed.
But you know what I’ve learned? Setting ballsy goals is the only way to go. But the other important aspect is that when you set those sky-high goals and don’t meed them, you still get yourself to a pretty amazing place.
I set a goal this year to make 630k in my business. Yes . . . you read that right. 630k.
And you know what? I’m 2.5 months from the end of the year and likely won’t hit that number. But I will likely hit 500k. And believe me, I won’t be crying over spilt milk for missing my ballsy 630k goal, I’m going to be darn right proud (and a little amazed) at what I did achieve!
If you don’t set ballsy goals, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Because even if you DO hit you “modest” “realistic” “safe” “practical” goals, it’s not really what you wanted anyways.
So just effing to do!
Just write down what you REALLY want!
Have no shame in your dreams.
You don’t need to show them to anyone, you don’t need to worry about what others will think.
They’re your goals, and if you want them to be, they can totally be a private matter. There’s no need to be embarrassed about what others will think if you don’t hit them.
When you set ballsey goals and actually go after something seemingly impossible, you’re (wo)manning up a hell of a lot more than those around you who you’re currently worried will judge you.
And if you’re reallyyy struggling with this whole writing your actual ideal day, then here’s a tip. Write your “realistic” “possible” “safe” ideal day, and then write the real one, the one you and I both know is in you.
… Okay … you’ve written your ideal day?
Perfect! Feel free to proceed past GO and collect $200. (*Ahem* Move on in this blog post.)
Does your ideal day take place on a tropical island? (Oh look, we’re twins!) Sweet, then opening a cute boutique shop in Charlotte, NC probably shouldn’t be your business idea.
If your ideal day involves taking 8 weeks vacation with your teacher boyfriend, you probably shouldn’t plan to be a wedding photographer whose primary work season is summer.
(You see where I’m going with this one?)
So how does your ideal day exercise relate to your business?
In order to create your ideal day, you need to model your business in a way that serves it, instead of hindering it. Some things which originally seemed like options may no longer be when you’re trying to build a business which gets you closer to your ideal day.
So next I want you to write out what important business options you have or don’t have, in order to create your ideal day.
Basically, the goal here is to make sure that you don’t create a business that is completely at odds with your ideal day.
Because you hate your job, I have some reallyyy good news for you, you’re exceptionally well-positioned to start a successful online business!
Because when people are comfortable and their life is ‘pretty okay,’ they generally don’t have the fire needed to push through and do the scary stuff, and have the uncomfortable conversations and get on with doing exactly what they’re scared of, which is all necessary in order to start an online business!
A hate for your current life is the exact fuel you need in the fire to get you going.
In fact, most successful business owners I know either hated their jobs, or were fired/let go!
Why does this seem to be a trend? Because it often takes that kind of rock bottom to get people to take massive action.
So first things first, know that hating your job is actually positioning you really well and is fabulous news for your future business!
(How’s that for a silver lining, eh?)
Okay, now on to mindset…
That fire of hate you have for your current life/work which you have right now is exactly what you need to decide “eff it, I’m going for it!”
And truly, that decision makes all the difference.
You need to decide to tell fear to GTFO of your way.
You need to decide you’re going to do the uncomfortable things. Which brings me to my absolute favorite quote . . .
You need to decide you’re not going to let a lack of experience or formal education hold you back.
(Believe me, there are literally hundreds of thousands of successful businesses being run by people who had 0 experience/education in the field they’re now running a business in.)
You need to decide to stand up to the criticism and disapproval of your loved ones.
You need to decide that you’re going to be successful, come hell or high water.
Those decisions make all the difference.
Decide to burn the boats behind you, decide you’re going to make it, decide you’re going to find a way, decide to commit, decide to stay the course when things get hard or when you feel like you’re not making the progress you want.
Decide to tell the Negative-Nancy thoughts that are rolling around in your head right now telling you can’t do it to go take a hike.
You can decide what thoughts enter your mind, what you believe to be true, and what you’re able to achieve.
So you hate your job, and want to start your own business to make that ideal lifestyle of your possible, but … uh, you’re kinda stuck on the what business to build part.
Here’s an insider suggestion from someone who has built (and watched others build) extremely successful online businesses . . . start with what you’re passionate about!
It’s going to be reallyyy tough to build and sustain a business around something you couldn’t care less about. If your heart isn’t in it, it truly doesn’t matter how many Benjamins it brings in, it’s going to feel exceptionally unfulfilling.
You’ll resent the work you do, you won’t want to show up and work every day, and you won’t generate new ideas, because you truly don’t care.
Truly, all the money in the world can’t fill the void of feeling unfulfilled.
So let’s start with something you do actually care about.
Every one of us has something we’re exceptionally passionate about, skilled at, or inherently talented with.
(Yes, that includes you, no matter how ‘average’ you think you are.)
And that’s exactly the place to start!
So for just a minute, I’ll ask you to set your fear of sounding like a self-absorbed narcissist aside and write down what you are passionate about/interested in/skilled at/talented at.
What have you always been good at? What comes easily to you to do that others struggle with? What can you do much faster or better than others?
And because we tend to like what we’re good at . . .
What do you enjoy doing so much, you do it just for fun? What topics/causes are you passionate about? Think of that last bit of free time you had, either in the evening or on the weekend or during a holiday. What did you choose to do with your time?
Answering those questions will help you figure out what your unique passion and talent is.
Now there’s one mistake people tend to make here and that’s eliminating ideas because they seem like they could never be a revenue-generating business.
Here’s the thing though, the internet has given us dozens of wild, out there, completely insane appearing methods of making money.
Some people sail the world, put videos on YouTube, and make bank doing it. (See Sailing La Vegabonde.)
Some people renovate an RV for the fun of it, then teach others how to do online, and again, make a full-time income doing so. (See Comet Camper.)
Some people enjoy scuba diving and doing yoga on far off islands. And what do you know, they turn that into a profit-generating business idea. (See Alex In Wanderland’s Wander Woman Retreats.)
Your passions & talents can be a legit business idea. (Yes, even if you’re passionate about drinking wine and chillin’ in France.)
There’s sooo many ways to make money online these days, even from really random interests and skills and passions.
The internet truly opens up an entire world of possibility, because you’re able to reach so many people who have the same interests as you!
But it’s up to you to package up your passion & talent into something genuinely useful that people will be dying to throw money at!
How do you do that? Lucky for you, I have just the thing to help!
The training is for you if . . .
You have a burning passion to be your own boss but you don’t have a business idea
You’re dreaming of saying adios to your 9-5 but you don’t know how to support yourself without a regular paycheck
You know you have 1 life to live and you’re ready to do whatever it takes to create a life you love!
Oh and did I mention, this 30 minute training and accompanying workbook are totally FREE?!